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Gratefulness, the Quality That Keeps Your Heart Open

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great tradition because it brings our attention to the importance of gratefulness, and a state of gratefulness is a happy state.

The Pilgrims were grateful for their turkeys. They finally had something substantial to eat so they could survive in the new land. However, for people who already have food, emotional and spiritual needs take on a great importance.

Gratefulness fills my heart for the multitude of blessings I enjoy in my life. Here are just a few from the top of my list: 

I am grateful for the loving support of my community, and the love that I receive back from people I help.

I am grateful for all my teachers, and especially for my first Tantra teacher, Gurudev Chitrubanhu (which means the light of the Sun) who guided me toward my spiritual advancement by showing me clearly that I am responsible for the reality I’m creating and for my connection to Spirit. I remember him pointing his index finger toward a map and telling me that if I attached myself to his finger, I would never reach my destination. He impressed in me the teaching that a Guru is there only to point toward the direction of Enlightenment; you need to get there on your own.

I’m grateful for my father who transmitted to me the love of nature and who instilled in me curiosity for far away cultures as well as the love for what is strange and different.

I am grateful for my two healthy sons whom I helped grow and become men. They respect themselves and like spending quality time with me. They fully accept who I am and actually admire my creativity and wisdom. It really feels good that they successfully ended the rebellious phase of their lives as young men.

I’ m grateful for my work. I have a profession that I love because I get to see people’s transformation with my own eyes, and experience the power and the love that is released when transformation happens.

I am grateful for the freedom I have to choose how I want to spend my life and how to respond to what happens in the moment.

I’m even grateful for being alive in these times of constant change that keep me learning and growing stronger and more compassionate.

I’m grateful for the life I have, and I want to savor every minute.

What are you really grateful for?

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