Gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Gratitude (n): mid-15th century “good will,” from Middle French gratitude or directly from Medieval Latin gratitudinem, “thankful,” from Latin gratusthankful, pleasing” (related to: Grace).

Grace (n.): late 12th century, “God’s unmerited favor, love, or help,” from Old French grace “pardon, divine mercy, favor; elegance, virtue,” from gratiafavor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will,” from gratuspleasing, agreeable,” from Proto-Indo-European gwreto-, suffixed form of root gwere– “to favor.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.”

Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist)

Bio Source:

plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr was a French critic, journalist, and novelist.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Alphonse_Karr

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

Eckhart Tolle (b. in Germany in 1948; educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge; best known for writing The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose.)

Bio Source:

www.eckharttolle.com/about/eckhart/

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer; best known for writing The Prophet)

Bio Source:

www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/gibrn.htm

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, born Marguerite Johnson, Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.)

Bio Source:

www.mayaangelou.com/biography

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American playwright, novelist who works explored “the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience;” and three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient for the novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and for the two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth)

Bio Source:

www.thorntonwilder.com/about-wilder/biography/

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968, writer, poet, mystic, and author of more than seventy books; Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky; known for writing such classics as: The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite.)

Bio Source:

www.mertoncenter.org

Meditation

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”

— Alphonse Karr

After one has developed a spiritual practice and mindset of meditation, prayer and gratitude that is unique to oneself, life will begin to align, center and balance itself accordingly.

A relaxed state of mind facilitates a brighter outlook.  The sky is bluer, bodies of waters sparkle brightly, challenges become manageable and doable, and the unique light in each and every soul is revealed and seen.

One has then the power to transcend most circumstances, because one is grounded and unshakeable.

But, what happens when fate changes its course?  What happens when one is challenged by events and by one’s emotions, not just for a moment, but for a duration of time, sometimes days, weeks, months, or years?

Or less dramatically, what happens when one is bored from a mundane life?

At the traumatic end of the spectrum, what happens when one has to to grieve a love one, a relationship, or a dream?

These are the times when one has to have at one’s fingertips and in one’s tool box access to those objects, states, elements, and sacred places that one loves and that can facilitate peace of mind, like nature, music, art, beauty, walking, writing, or talking with a love one.

Another practice to shift one’s thoughts quickly is to create a gratitude list, which can open and focus one’s mind, and magnify endless possibilities and perspectives.

Stay well and continue to be light workers, my friends.

Much Love, Tonya

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