|LOVE IS THANKFULNESS
To “feel” love is to be full of thankfulness. Love is thankfulness. Think about anytime you have felt love for someone or something, wasn’t it the same as being filled with appreciation? Weren’t you full of admiration and gratitude?
To express gratitude is a powerful spiritual exercise. We don’t have to “feel” thankful to be thankful. Let me say that again. We don’t have to “feel” thankful to be thankful. But when we start expressing gratitude, it usually isn’t long before the feeling of appreciation arises. And even if it doesn’t, our exercise of thankfulness prepares the ground to move out of stress into joy. It gets the energy moving.
THANKFULNESS IS HAPPINESS
Thankfulness is the same as happiness. Take a few moments and think of your happiest experiences of life. Do you get a sweet feeling of gratitude? How much do you appreciate these experiences? Or perhaps the opposite comes up. Perhaps you are grieved that you no longer have who or whatever made you happy. But the grief is only there because you were so happy for what you had when you had it, or you had such hopes and dreams of something beautiful.
GRIEF IS OUR RESPONSE TO THE LOSS OF WHAT WE LOVE
When we lose what is important to us, what we cherish and value, we experience grief. Grief is a soul pain, a wound in the fabric of our heart. In this world, almost everyone is carrying a load of unresolved grief. It is so prevalent we have come to think it is normal.
Usually we come out of our grieving period and are ready for a new chapter, but if the grief is not fully released it can remain as a stuck negative energy in our mind/body system and perpetuate itself in many ways. Like begets like: regret creates more regret, bitterness makes life more bitter, morbid guilt creates new reasons to feel guilty.
The way to break through the cycle of grief, or to undo old stuck grief energy, is to express thankfulness. When you feel stuck in grief, get new, positive energy moving. Remember the qualities that a person, place, time or event brought to you. Realize what the qualities of life are that made you happy, that you love, and give thanks that they exist. Celebrate the qualities with appreciation.
Here are some of the spiritual qualities of life: Joy, harmony, beauty, humor, freedom, courage, patience, insight, kindness, innocence, appreciation, encouragement… Love. These are positive qualities that are eternal. Focus your mind on them with thankfulness and you will allow them to return to your life in new forms, new people, new things, new places and new experiences. Thankfulness is the antidote to being stuck in depressive grief.
|Here are some exercises to get this fresh, positive energy flowing through your body/mind. Don't just read them... do them to experience the results.|
This is an audio meditation expressing thanks for everything. Take time to just absorb the spirit of gratitude in it. Hopefully it will inspire you. Ride on the waves of thankfulness into Love and joy. Check out the Meditations and Wild Words pages of BeingLoved Web Site for expressions of Love and thankfulness to inspire you. And come back often as new audios are added regularly. Make it a habit to feed attitudes of gratitude for they are the life-blood of Love and happiness.
SHARE GRATITUDE WITH GOD
However you understand God talk with God and thank God for the "little things of life," like air, water, the earth, sight, hearing, birds, the sky... You get the idea. Overfamiliarity blinds and dulls us. Gratitude can reawaken our innate sense of mystery and wonder and wonder will feed our gratitude in return.
If God seems vague, or constrictive and threatening, you can concentrate on the qualities of Spirit you Love, for they are an integral part of existence and in truth stream out of the Source of Existence. Talk to God about these qualities, or talk to these qualities about God. (For example: ask the joy you love to help you make your concept of God happier. You can also go to the God Is Workshop and listen to the healing meditation there which can open Divine joy and beauty to you in a luminous and healing way.) Develop a communication of thankfulness to the Great Harmony and Source of Existence. Thank the God of the Universe for all of Life, starting with the miracle of your own existence.
For example, do you know that the light you see is not the light “out there” but has always been the light created in your own brain? We only see “brain light”. This is an astonishing miracle. Glance up at the sun. That blinding light stimulates rods and cones in the back of your eye that create nerve flow which goes to your brain that in some unknown way creates a facsimile of that light in consciousness. And it is this conscious facsimileor sun blazing in brain light in your mindthat you see. Hey, it’s the same with sound, smell, taste and feeling… What a wonder! (And who are you that is experiencing all of this? Well, that’s another workshop.)
THANKFULNESS IS LOVE, FREEDOM AND CELEBRATION
EXPRESS GRATITUDE CREATIVELY
Make little rituals. Create special events to celebrate a person, place, animal or thing you love. Take time to sent little notes to someone you care about. Or send them an email expressing your appreciation. Draw little pictures. Buy a little gift and surprise them. It isn’t hard. Do things on a small but heart-felt scale. Little things make big differences to others. This makes life beautiful. You will find that your gratitude is contagious. Others will be attracted to you like bees to honey.
1. Write down who you are going to express gratitude towards.
2. Write down a very simple idea, something you think they will appreciate. Remember, never underestimate the power of small expressions of kindness and gratitude and how much they mean to others.
3. Do it and enjoy the results.
BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR BODY
1. Talk to your body. Thank each organ. Thank your skin. Thank your muscles. Thank your hair, your ears, your nose, your lips. Thank your feet and hands. Your body is a community of intelligent cells. Each cell senses the energy you are creating in your system. Let your cells know you love and appreciate them. Really! You will be amazed at the response. Just keep it up. If you have some physical problems, you may very well experience "miraculous" healing.
2. Massage each part as you thank it, as if you were rubbing and petting an animal you love. Sense how much your body appreciates your expression of gratitude. It is amazingly healing and stimulates energetic flows through your meridians (the energy highways in your body/mind system). And it is this free, energetic flow that is the key of good health.
(The EFT workshop is especially good to heal negative inner programming on energetic levels so you can celebrate the essential innocence and goodness of every cell, organ and sensation of your beautiful body.)
|Life is an astonishing miracle that grief, stress and overfamiliarity dulls us to. Gratitude wakes us up to the miracle of Life which in turn feeds our gratitude and sense of wonder. Gratitude is a powerfully positive expression of the powerfully positive nature of Life that is our truest nature and self. Connect with God (the Source) the most powerfully positive and free Being in which all existence Exists.
Gratitude is Love and Happiness. This realization alone can open door after door for you as you walk your path into freedom.