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Expressing Gratitude

As in previous years, the posts during the month of November we will concentrate on Gratitude, though truly it is not a seasonal topic.

As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.

– David Steindl-Rast

Spiral stairway at the Vatican Museum

Spiral stairway at the Vatican Museum

 

Gratefulness is the Key

In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.

– David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

Poppies always help create a sense of gratitude within me

Poppies always help create a sense of gratitude within me

Gratitude in the Darkness

Tomorrow is the first day . . . the First Sunday of Advent. We enter into the darkest season of the year, and in the Christian tradition, we await the Coming of the Light. So, there is reason to be grateful, even for the darkness.

Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.

– Joan Chittister in Uncommon Gratitude

Night is on the way . . .

Night is on the way . . .

The Chemistry of Gratitude

Grateful living: an alchemic operation of converting “disgraceful” things into grateful events.

– Raimundo Panikkar

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Autumn leaves in Central Park

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

– Melody Beattie

So Many Chances to Express Gratitude!!

We have thousands of opportunities every day to be grateful: for having good weather, to have slept well last night, to be able to get up, to be healthy, to have enough to eat. … There’s opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that’s what life is.

– Brother David Steindl-Rast, from www.gratefulness.org

How shall I be grateful THIS day?

How shall I be grateful THIS day?

A Dominican Mystic’s Prayer

Thank you!!

Thank you!!

I’ve shared this prayer from the Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhart, before. And it bears repeating.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.