Gratitude

Daily Inspiration: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Today’s Affirmation: Thank you for this Life G.O.D.; Thank You for this Day.

Today's Contemplation: Gratitude begins and ends in the recognition of the Life I have and the recognition that this Life includes the capacity to mold it in any way I would choose simply through the directed us of my thoughts, my imagination and my own creative urge. Wow; I am so grateful for this moment right now.

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Today’s Quote: Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. ~Eileen Caddy

Today’s Affirmation:  I gratefully accept this day and choose to bring my best its way.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Not only is gratitude a powerful force for good it is also a conscious choice and only by consistently making that choice do we establish a greater good in our lives.  Today do yourself the favour of making that choice, set your phone alarm to go off every twenty minutes and find something to be consciously grateful for.

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Today’s Quote: Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie

Today’s Affirmation: Just for now I let go of the chatter and remember the good.  I re-establish the dominion of gratitude in my heart.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: As we go forward we will all have moments of doubt, fear and regret; that is normal, everyone experiences them. The life that grows simply maintains that they are shifting points; a reminder to return to all that is good, to what works, to what brings joy.  In this practice all growth happens and the averages of life begin to favour a fulfilling and personally satisfying outcome.

Youth

Today’s Quote: We can’t always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Today’s Affirmation: I teach the values I live by today; Gratitude, Joy, Enthusiasm and Generosity.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: The only true teacher is the one who lives their truth with passion. We all teach by example and the only lesson we teach is the lesson of love. Anyone can teach scholastic knowledge in a very short time, only one who is passionate can truly transform the heart and mind of a child. All other teaching is insignificant and even counterproductive without passion at the helm.

Thankfulness

Today’s Quote: If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good

Today’s Affirmation: Every gift is more than that; it is a promise. I am overflowing with gratitude as I revel in the gift of this day today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Every thought of gratitude brings one closer to that underlying field of Love and draws it in as the plant draws nutrition from the earth. Every thought of gratitude is the breath of spring awakening in one’s soul that creative urge to shine with the verdancy of a bud ripe with expectancy. Every thought of thankfulness is a recharge of pure power, a reconnection with source and a coin in the coffers of every person’s dream bank and it is always available to all.

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Today’s Quote: Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. ~Lionel Hampton

Today’s Affirmation: I surrender my thoughts today and allow my heart to lead me.  All is well in my life.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: The memory of the heart is free of judgment because it is simply feelings.  It knows no values; right or wrong, past or future, here or there, because feelings can only be fully present. As such every feeling is a word in the language of Love and Love forever returns to gratitude for they are one.  The intellect, the mind, is developed in the physical and ends with the physical; to the degree it moves to forgiveness, gratitude and appreciation during a ‘life’ the soul evolves and love can truly be experienced.

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Gratitude

I am inspired by the wonder of my being; a perfect expression of Divine Intelligence.  I am an intelligent extension of Infinite Intelligence.  I and every person is God individualized, I know that all I look upon is God expressing in Infinite individuality and it is good.

As I breathe this breath of one life I allow it to be my celebration, my declaration of gratitude.  It is this wondrous expression of individuality all around me that has brought me to this place in my life.  I rejoice in it as I live it in its fullness.  I am grateful for my family, friends and co-workers.  I am grateful for my home, my town, my country and my world. I am grateful for my teachers, my healers and the many helping hands that have supported my arrival here.

Truly my greatest gratitude is me; that indwelling presence that is ever nurturing, ever bringing forth the perfect growth moments, the perfect joy moments and the perfect moment to give of my love.  Right here
and now is that moment I have been awaiting, and so I say ‘Thank You!’ as I release this word. It is done.

And So It Is

Aug 10 2005

The significance of this event to each of us is not in his past achievements, and I could list many, but rather the atmosphere of surrender he chose in making his transition.

Surrender is one of the most important keys to attaining a true sense of gratitude.  We must be willing to release our challenges to a higher power.  This is the point where gratitude becomes a spiritual experience rather than just a humanistic sense of acquisitiveness.  We must recognize that we are embraced in a power greater than we are otherwise we have nothing to surrender to.  We are merely giving up or giving away our power; we become the down trodden.

There is nothing disempowering to true surrender.  In fact every great and accomplished person through history has been able and willing to surrender to the God of their believing.   

One of the greatest lines in my repertoire of inspirational quotes states: “When you find you have fallen down get up, dust yourself  off and carry on.”   This is the essence of  true surrender; it is an acknowledgement of our human limitations and a willingness to continue growing and learning; to accept help.  A willingness to learn, to be teachable is paramount to feeling gratitude. It has been said that the day we stop learning is the day we start dying. 

I have been blessed to have some people cross my path leaving me with the impression that they are still very much living long after dying.  Those people have lived lives of deep gratitude, realizing that every moment is the greatest gift of their existence.  On the other extreme, some I have known died long ago and yet continue to struggle to keep breathing.  They continue living a shell of a life, empty, desperate and struggling, because they are terrified of  losing their physical life.  They usually die comparatively young despite their fear of death and have experienced very little of the richness of true gratitude.

I leave you with this final saying:

True gratitude comes with true surrender,
Dance as if nobody is watching,
Sing as if nobody is listening and
Laugh as if nobody cares.
Yesterday is forever gone and today really is the beginning of the life you would choose.  We each live according to the gifts of our passing. 

I thank you for accepting this ‘Light  Mail’ as my gift to you.

In Love and Light,

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July 6 2005

Gratitude is proven to be a key element in healthy living.  People who regularly practice gratitude live healthier lives; “practicing gratitude can actually improve our emotional and physical well-being” say psychologists Robert Emmons of U.C. Davis and Michael McCullough of the University of Miami.

I practice gratitude. I am daily grateful for my home, my family, my work and this country and world I live in.  I keep a journal which is highlighted by the things I am grateful for.  Yet often in my gratitude I forget to see the giver behind the gift. 

Recently I bought a house; it is a beautiful home bordered by a creek and a wilderness preserve right in the heart of Vernon.  As I work in my back yard surrounded by the sounds of the creek and the birds of the sanctuary I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. 

I have no problem feeling gratitude; still I have easily forgotten to appreciate the past tenants who left the house a mess, who left piles of trash in the yard, or the previous landlords who took 'no' personal responsibility for the state of the house they were selling. And why should I?

When I look deeper, past the obvious things the previous owners left undone, I discover in them a deeper level of caring.  Those tenants I discover as I ‘clean house’ did large amounts of yard work repairing fences maintaining gardens, planting vegetables that I am now eating at my table. 

They clearly loved this place in their way, and as I look around I see that they must have felt resentment for those unknown people who were buying out this house from under them.  The landlords lived in Vancouver and really could not do much to rectify the conditions; their hands were tied, they did the best they could justify doing. 

In this new awareness I have freed myself, I have opened the door to a greater sense of appreciation.  I increased the joy, the happiness in my life.  I also created for myself an opportunity to release old burdens.  I cannot recount how often in my past I have felt what I imagine was the resentment of the past tenants as I have felt the power of authority ‘unfairly’ controlling my life. 


Here again, with a greater understanding I can release those old burdens of blame, I can appreciate more fully the grand balance of life, how the pendulum swings in such perfect harmony.  When I come to this point of realization I am often reminded of the visual of a busy subway during rush hour; how chaotic it seems with the thousands of people all jostling to get back home.  If one were to take a ‘birds eye’ look at that same subway one would see only a harmonious flow.

Practices of gratitude avail us of that ‘birds eye view’ they help us to acquire some comprehension of why those apparently bad things of the moment are happening to us.  They give us each the opportunity to release old stress and find a new level of joy.

May your week be filled with greater joy by a practice of gratitude.

In Love and Light,

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