When we speak the words of thanksgiving to the god within . . . there is something in this attitude of thanksgiving that carries us beyond the field of doubt into one of perfect faith . . . ~ Ernest Holmes
So here we are at the last day of our Thanksgiving month, moving graciously towards a season of light and giving. It is my hope that none of us will forget how precious gratitude is. In times of discontentment we sometimes walk through life complacently accepting that "this is the way things are." Whether it's something we "can't do," the hard-nosed boss, the situation that "will never change," or the desire that cannot be realized because "it isn't practical," we may be living within conclusions that leave us disappointed, frustrated, or unhappy -- conclusions that seem to be a feature of reality itself more than our beliefs about it, and so they feel inevitable, concrete, even unchangeable.
Discontentment can become a pattern, even a hobby for some, as can complaining. Similarly, some never develop the spiritual art of gratitude & appreciation and not just for the big and obvious blessings of our lives, but particularly for the small every day things we take for granted. You have to make the choice to be thankful for the life you have created and for what is always being offered to you each day. Small acts of appreciation build spiritual stamina! Not all of us were taught that one. But the truth is finally out, gratitude brings new life into your present life.
Your task is to remember to invest your energy into acts of love and appreciation for your life and those in your life.
Sounds easy, but can you do it? Daily?
I live in a universe that is by nature abundant; this universe is by nature
loving, and it is by its very nature whole. I choose today to realize what's
always been true: that I am one with this Universe, that I always have been
one with it, and that I have access to all its good, whenever I open my mind
to receive it.
Today I awaken to my noble self, realizing that I am a powerful center of
creative energy in this universe, a place where life is delighted to flow
and flow with ease. I stop playing small, and realize that I have a great
gift to offer the world, and I do it with joy and with the knowing that this
gift flows through me; it's not of my own creation, but of Spirit. I give
this gift, whatever its form, freely. Whether it is parenting my children
with love and respect, offering my best in my work, loving my partner with
all of my heart, I do it with the full and complete understanding that
Spirit does this action through me.
I relax in the knowing that everything is just fine, that the power of
Spirit is flowing through me, that this universe is a safe and wonderful
place to be. And my life blossoms in joy. And so it is.