Gratitude: It’s Magic!

I’ve been feeling kind of tired the past few days. It’s been a really busy time…

Admittedly, I’ve been forgetting to do my usual morning gratitude “thing” that I usually do on waking. (I spend 10 minutes or so really focusing on the many, many things I’m grateful for. My list is very long…)

I’ve written about gratitude a lot on this blog.

Anyway, there I was, sitting on the couch, feeling kind of listless, but writing (I’m almost always writing!!), & I wrote down something about feeling grateful, & then I wrote that I feel well appreciated, because I do, & that made me remember a woman I chatted with in a store here in Toronto yesterday.

I was wearing a Toronto Climate Campaign button that says ‘We can stop climate chaos’ (I was also wearing my ‘KyotoPlus’ button, but it was hidden inside my collar, that I’d put up to keep out the cold) & she said something about the good stuff that’s been on CBC Radio lately about climate & Copenhagen, & I wound up telling her about the sit-in I took part in the other day, & she actually came right out & said that she appreciated that I/we had done that.

& just thinking about that, & feeling appreciated (by a stranger, no less!!) gave me a sudden burst of energy. No kidding!!

So gratitude isn’t just great for our emotional selves – our “spirit,” if you will – it’s actually even an energy-booster!!!

Of course, not everyone is fortunate enough to feel as appreciated as I do – but there is the magic of gratitude for you right there. If you start practicing it faithfully yourself –& showing others how much you appreciate them – it will come back to you.

It’s like renewable energy! It’s endlessly renewable – doesn’t cause global warming/climate change – or burn up dirty “fossil” energy.

Now I’ve got the energy to get to some of those other writing chores I really need to do today.

Bless you, gratitude, & bless you, Mountain Equipment Co-op cashier person!!!!

Janet

Great quotations on gratitude:

“What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breath of clean air? If you open your eyes, you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.” Dr. Masaru Emoto in The Hidden Messages in Water, pg. 81.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” – Sign on church billboard

“Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal, pg. 75.

“The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstances. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us. It helps us connect to our basic right to be here, like the breath does. It’s a stance of the soul. In systems theory, each part contains the whole. Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know. Thankfulness loosens the grip of the industrial growth society by contradicting its predominant message: that we are insufficient and inadequate. The forces of late capitalism continually tell us that we need more – more stuff, more money, more approval, more comfort, more entertainment. The dissatisfaction it breeds is profound. It infects people with a compulsion to acquire that delivers them into the cruel, humiliating bondage of debt. So gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. Elders of indigenous cultures have retained this knowledge, and we can learn from their practices.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal, pg. 77.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not sending it.”

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” –Oprah Winfrey