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My Gratitude

Updated on September 21, 2014

An Abundance of Gratitude

Every day for the last several years, I have actively practiced gratitude. First thing in the morning, and last thing at night, I make it my habit to make a list of the things for which I give thanks. Big, little, simple, complex, it doesn't matter. What matters is that I take the time to be grateful.



This practice has literally changed my life. Gradually, over time, I have become a different person. And...for that I am truly grateful!

Yes, one can be grateful for gratitude! And, isn't that a wonderful way to live?

Everything That I Am Grateful For - My Ever Changing/Growing List

The following are just some of the things that I am grateful to have in my life. In no particular order:

The exquisite air that breathes me in this moment.

My sense of belonging.

The delicious chai that teases my tongue.

My beautiful husband.

My family...those I came with,and those adopted along the way.

My baffling and wonderful body.

Nature.

The tender peace of the early morning.

Art, in all its many manifestations.

Chocolate.

The spirit that lives as me.

Shared laughter and tears.

My dog, who loves me no matter how badly I behave.

Old friends who know my history, and love me any way.

New friends.

The life that I have lived, with its diverse incarnations.

The good, the bad & the ugly.

My grandparents.

Having been born when I was.

The challenges that I have faced.

Old loves.

My cat, who allows me to live in her house.

Unexpected blessings.

Having many flaws.

Having many talents.

Understanding balance.....sometimes.

Intuition.

A life of service.

My sister-girlfriend (the other wife).

Bare feet.

This computer, even when it vexes me.

Oneness.

Raw food.

Music, masterfully rendered upon my ears.

Eyeglasses.

Marion Berry Pie.

Writing.

My heavenly bed.

Quantum Physics.

Books.

My bank account.

Ceremony.

Meditation.

My fears, for they have taught me so much.

Massage...giving and receiving.

My home.

Friends who call late at night excited about planning a trip to see me.

My mother-in-law.

The rain falling gently on this earth.

Reflective time by myself.

Some of My Favorite Gratitude Quotes:

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

...Albert Schweitzer

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.

...Brother David Steindl-Rast

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.

...Buddha

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

...Johannes A. Gaertner

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.

...Meister Eckhart

Snatam Kaur On Gratitude

Snatam Kaur is a renowned devotional singer in English and Gurumukhi, the ancient language of the Sikhs.

The best way to live in gratitude is to write in a gratitude journal - Make it special, and allow yourself the precious time to write

I keep a special journal next to my favorite chair, and another one next to my bed. These journals are a gift to myself.

Your journal should be something that compels you to write in it. Choose something that speaks to your heart and senses. Perhaps it has scrumptious paper, or beautiful images that inspire creativity.

Most of all, create a habit of writing in it. Next thing you know, you will be living a life of gratitude, and manifesting a joyful life!

I AM Grateful to These Wonderful Videographers! - Enjoy the Beauty and Inspiration

Books That I Give Thanks For:

Books have helped me out, when no one else could. They have given me inspiration, hope, made me laugh, made me cry, and helped me to find my way. Books have paved the path of my life, held my hand, tickled my belly, and kept me company on a cold dark night.

Gratitude and the Law of Attraction - Gratitude is the Engine That Drives the Law of Attraction

If you have watched or read "The Secret" , you know that each of the teachers recommends expressing and FEELING gratitude is and important key in the co-creation of your life.

If you are not familiar with "The Secret" or "Law of Attraction." Here is a good place to start.

Namaste.

The Following Books Have Inspired Me - Taking Law of Attraction to the Next Deeper Level

I believe that "The Secret" is a wonderful place to start on your journey toward gratitude. However, there is MORE to it! Ernest Holmes has written more on the link between what we think about, and what we become than anyone I know.

Thank you.

What are You grateful for? - Please take a moment to share.

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      Rommel John Panal 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this concept about gratitude. :) This is such a wonderful idea. :)

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