Posts Tagged ‘Attitude of Gratitude’

Thanksgiving Blessings!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to express gratitude for all my blog readers, clients, friends and family. Thank you for all the wonder and beauty you bring to this world. Thank you for your comments, support and friendship over the months and years. I wish you each a year filled with gratitude, authenticity, playfulness and joy. Big blessings to you and yours!

The Seven Wonders of the World

Just came across this and had to share it here. Thanks, Bob!

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Happy Gratitude Day!

“Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.” ~Marianne Williamson

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” ~G.K. Chesterton

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~William Faulkner

“Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.” ~Terri Guillemets

Many Thanks and Blessings to all my blog readers, clients, friends and family members, and especially to David. I am so very, very blessed. Thank you each for being in my life. Much Love and a Happy Gratitude Day, wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate! ~Laura

Attitude of Gratitude

Today I am affirming a world in which people can learn to give and receive in balance, to feel the wonder of gifts and to trust that small kindnesses will indeed be repaid in full. As St. Francis says, “It is in giving that we receive.” I had an experience last night that shocked me to the core but also shed so much light (again) on just how much an addictive sense of lack and the perceived need for grasping works to turn a would-be giver away.

I gave anyway, but profound sadness surrounding this experience still lingers, mostly because I see how it plays out in our larger world. I will not invest my energy in this direction again, and that saddens me, because my heart saw so clearly the potential ripple effects of such an offering. Instead, the person received back what they gave, plus a bonus of much more, and yet the net gain for that person is a huge loss. Ingratitude severed what could have been an ongoing stream of freely offered blessings.

It reminds me of people who would themselves benefit from universal debt forgiveness, but who strongly oppose it because someone else might have just a little more debt forgiven than they do. Are we not all in this together?? Would not a hint of gratitude solve so many situations in our world? Ease so much pain? Prevent so many misunderstandings? When you give and someone expresses delight and gratitude, do you not want to shower that person with even more gifts? The Universe has feelings, too. That’s why an attitude of gratitude brings miracles. It’s even one of the Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy) Principles: “Just for today, do not worry, and be filled with gratitude.” It’s one of the Faery Rules: “No rudeness.” According to Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

And so, today, I say thank you. Thank you for this experience, as it has shown me much. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings that I have in my life, which encourage me to want to scatter such abundance around the world. Thank you for this person, and God/dess bless her and all the many like her, those people who ask and ask and demand, yet then, for whatever reason, sabotage their receiving of such gifts.

“I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Gratitude, Good Gifts and Deva

Just wanted to wish all my American readers an early Happy Thanksgiving and my worldwide readers a chance to focus a little extra energy in the attitude of gratitude. As Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Gratitude sets the stage for receiving and unites the giver and the gift.

Speaking of gifts, I know there’s a movement going on this year to boycott Black Friday, usually the biggest shopping day of the year. Some people are calling it Occupy (or De-Occupy) Black Friday. In the spirit of giving and flow, I suggested an alternative: making homemade gifts, shopping locally, and supporting small business owners you know and love. In today’s incredibly stressful world, sometimes the gift of beautiful art, quiet relaxation and/or new found clarity is the very best thing you can offer someone who wouldn’t normally splurge on that for themselves. A friend of mine also had the great idea of purchasing things like organic and heirloom seeds, gardening and indoor planting supplies, and water filters — gifts that empower others and help them to get in touch with the Earth.

Whatever you decide to purchase or not purchase — however you decide to spend Thursday and Friday — I wish you wonder, peace, love and an abundance of blessings. Here’s Deva Premal, Miten and Friends singing Tumare Darshan, a chant that bursts with sheer joy and gratitude for all the beauty and goodness of the Universe. It’s one of my very favorites. Enjoy!