“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
“The enlightened are grateful for what other people take for granted.” — Michael Beckwith
“If you never learn the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. — old proverb
Gratitude is similar to love. Regularly express them to yourself, and you’ll more generously give them to others. You can give both away continually, and yet your stores will never be diminished. In fact, if you look back on your coffers, you’ll notice the inventory of both, gratitude and love, have increased. You pause, look, look again, shake your head, smile, give thanks and get on with what you were doing and who you were being.
Gratitude is similar to love. Shared they cause things to grow, to bloom, and when withheld they cause constriction, stagnation and disease. Both heal separation and melt barriers. No person or creature is excluded from giving or receiving them. Neither gratitude nor love can express themselves without a living being to “be” them. Thus our awareness of them empower them and us. Now, scientific studies are offering empirical evidence that when people express gratitude in their everyday lives, they are more likely to become healthier and happier.
Gratitude is similar to love. They both transcend time and space. It is never too early or too late to express either. Your amazing mind allows you to send them for past events, and send them for the future you are creating today. You can send them to departed loved ones. You can even send them to people you’ve never met before! And, don’t forget to send some to our generous mother of all forms that has given clothes to our spirits, Mother Earth.
Gratitude is similar to love. They both bring us closer to God. From the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you …” . From the Bhagavad Gita with Lord Krishna speaking, “Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart – a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water – I accept with joy. Whatever you do, make it an offering to me – the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering.”
It would seem that gratitude is love, and love, gratitude.
Gratitude is a beautiful and powerful energy that is too often under appreciated, and misunderstood. Gratitude takes us out of a competitive mind and puts us in line with the creative energies of the Universe. We all know this in some deep part of ourselves. Here is a quote I found in a quiet corner of the internet: a discussion of gratitude among a handful of strangers enrolled in a course on fulfilling personal potential, “I do not know this process works because I have faith in it, I have faith in this process because I know it works. But, it is a paradox. I only know it works because I had faith in it. It requires a leap of faith. You have to step blindly into the unknown for it to become the known.” The man’s name was J. Khalsa. He did such a great job … let’s thank him!