As we leave October behind I invite you to keep the intention of gratefulness in your heart and let it flow into all of your actions. Henry van Dyke said, “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. And thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast supports this when he calls gratefulness and thanksgiving the two branches of gratitude. As a grateful person you experience your life as full; from this fullness your heart’s bounty overflows and thanksgiving takes form. Everything from notes of appreciation to acts of loving service affirm all that you have.
Following your natural impulse to give what you have brings even more back to you. Give your time to something that matters and you will be blessed with the feeling of more time. Give financially to what feeds your soul and you’ll find money coming back to you in so many ways. Give love freely and watch waves of love be returned.
Sarah Ban Breathnach reminds us that you simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. Give in gratitude and you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
Continue to tend this garden of gratitude where your mind and heart become one, richness expands and love grows.
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