As I sit in preparation for Thanksgiving I am present to deep appreciation. I am blessed with family, friends, a vibrant spiritual community, meaningful work and so much more.
Then very quickly, the difficulties being faced others come to mind: People enjoying a concert then suddenly 59 have been killed and almost 500 injured. I see that about 33,000 jobs were lost in the US as a result of hurricanes Irma & Harvey. People in our own province have lost everything in the wildfires. It can be a lot to process.
The heaviness of story after story seems cumulative and threatens to outweigh the love, hope and thankfulness in my heart. For a moment I’m pulled between two opposing forces. Can I feel grateful for my own life while others are suffering? Yes, I can. In fact it is exactly what’s needed.
Consider some of the qualities held within gratitude: Peace, Acceptance, Love, Grace…don’t these seem like high flying neutralizers for fear and confusion? They lay a foundation for our faith and connect us with something bigger.
You and I cannot control other people, nature or outward circumstances but we can control how we respond. We can choose the vibration that comes from within us. We can align with the power of Source. Each time we enter into resonance with the energy of gratitude, we are doing that. And we are giving exactly what is needed right now.
Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Choosing to create the highest vision for our future, I offer Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple practice: “Breathing in, I am grateful. Breathing out, I am grateful.
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