Finding the Gratitude

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”  — The Buddha

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Cicero

The longer  I live, the stronger my sense that living in gratitude  is essential to one’s health and happiness.  We live in bodies we didn’t create.  The air, the water, the plants, the sunlight essential to life–did we create those? Sometimes when I’m in danger of falling into a funk  I visualize myself floating in an ocean of love.  Not that much of a stretch, for when I’m open, I do feel love radiating to  me  from all directions.   And isn’t quietly experiencing gratitude the  heart and soul of Thanksgiving?  If you have a moment, this short guided mediation on gratitude with Deepak Chopra may help you get in the mood.  Happy Thanksgiving.

(Please note Mary Morgan’s comment in poetic form.)

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One response

  1. GRATITUDE FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    True Gratitude can stand alone for no reason.
    It’s a place of Being.
    With no need to have anything happen
    in order for it to exist.

    It is a Natural state, regardless of circumstances.
    Life doesn’t have to be a certain way
    in order for this True Gratitude to exist.

    Rather, Gratitude exist first,
    then the Universe opens to that.

    Here on Vision Mountain,
    in that lovely gratitude of rain and fog and wind,
    this gratitude was here before I ever opened by eyes
    to Life’s Gifts.

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