As I was pondering the power of Gratitude to open our hearts and how desperately we need our hearts open in love and inclusiveness… now more than ever…I came across this quote that says it all…
“If the only prayer you say in your life is “thank you” that would suffice…” Christian Mystic, Meister Eckhart
There is more to being grateful than the thanks we give when we get what we desire. What about the things that did not come our way… by the grace of God. Maybe just maybe, the desire was formed with pride and ego, and we could have been crushed, but were spared.
“If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escaped.” (Anonymous)
Can you be grateful for the confusing fog of not knowing which way to turn, that may be protecting you from stepping too quickly, or going in the wrong direction?
After the fog has lifted, can you be grateful, even while being overwhelmed by the mystery of it all, not knowing if there is a dance floor on which to dance?
Can you stop and allow yourself to be filled with devotion and gratitude from the very essence of your being without the security of guarantees.
For instance …can you get up in the morning, after no sleep and feed the children, to start the day with gratitude?
How long has it been since you slowed down and allowed a wave of gratitude to wash over you? If it has being a while, stop, reflect and do it now. Like everything worth doing, it is a Practice!
Have you wondered why it is that people who have experienced misfortunes or weathered a catastrophe are more apt to express deep gratitude. Why is that?
Curious, I found the key to gratitude is inherent in the crisis.
A crisis stops us in our tracks; minimizes usual distractions, thereby changing our familiar energy fields. When it is over, we are not the same as before, the experience has changed us. This moment in time allows a space for a new pattern of thinking, feeling, beliefs and behavior to be chosen, a new beginning!
Do not wait for a crisis!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
I am Grateful that you are in my life,