CONCORDIA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
September 24, 2017
Lesson Title: Gratitude a Spiritual Practice - We Get That!
Led by: The Concordia Teens
Making Gratitude a Spiritual Practice
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”–Meister Eckhart
“Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity.”
-Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
“In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and all I have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”
“Gratitude is your expression of acknowledging the oneness of universal energy working in cooperation with your desires.”
“Our gratitude liberates an energy within us that immediately expands into the formless substance, where it is instantly returned to us in kind.”
“Clearly, one of the major obstacles to our experience of gratitude is the habit we have of sleepwalking through life. The truth is that we are never lacking for blessings in our lives, but we are often lacking in awareness and recognition of them.”
–Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D., Founder, One Spirit Learning Alliance
“A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise.”
"The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you."
“If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things.”
“I thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true denim of sky; and for everything
which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
Once we begin to notice all the opportunities to be grateful, how do we go about making it a spiritual practice? Here are a few suggestions:
We can set an intention to practice grateful seeing throughout the day, looking for the good in our experiences. A gratitude journal is a great tool for recording these observations, as is sharing them aloud with another person.
Verbally expressing our gratitude is important. Saying “thank you” to our partner for taking out the trash or to someone who helps us in the grocery store creates a ripple effect that spreads the positive energy out into our immediate circles and beyond. When possible, tell the person specifically what you appreciate about them. The atmosphere tangibly shifts when we make these brief, heartfelt acknowledgments..
If you experience disconnection from someone and have been feeling judgmental, think of three things you are grateful for about the person. This slight shift in focus begins to soften the edges and helps you move toward reconnection and appreciation. -Barbara Doern Drew and Walter Drew | SOM Teachers
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