The Power of Gratitude

All rituals and all mantras are a technology for connecting to the subtle elements of our existence and expressing gratitude from our life to life itself. Every day we have to find a way to muster our resources to the degree that we cut through all of the smoke and dust that manifests in our mind to make contact with gratitude. We have to make contact and sustain it long enough that our hearts can be filled, that our minds can be cleared and nourished, and that our bodies can be relaxed. From that place, we can go forward in our life feeling and expressing gratitude and uplifting all of the circumstances that we move in.

As you might guess, this isn’t easy. If you try it, you are automatically going to attract obstacles–not because you have issues or problems, but because you are attempting something very powerful and important. The patterns of energy in your life will organize to resist change, and that resistance will manifest as obstacles. What you think of as issues are also your spiritual gifts, and you can be grateful for those as well. If you are, you can transform them, and those things that previously held you down become a source of tremendous energy and power.

You have to understand that the profound transformation that will unleash an unimaginable possibility in your life isn’t free. You have to focus on it, nurture and nourish it, and persevere. It’s been many eons, many lifetimes, that you’ve been wandering around in confusion, and that confusion may take a while to dissolve. So persevere and come to a place where there is fullness in your heart, light in your head and magic happening all around you in your life.

Whatever else is going on for you, if you bring yourself to a state of gratitude every day, it won’t take long for the obstacles to be surmounted and the difficulties to be resolved. There will be increasing joy and beauty and more reasons to be grateful.

The Essence of All Spirituality

After reading the Vedas again, I’ve come to the conclusion that their essence is also the essence of all spirituality. What it’s really all about is gratitude.

Spiritual practice is about coming to a place where you make contact with your body and your breath. You’ll note that when you become very aware of your body and your breath, your mind will automatically become quiet. If you hold that awareness long enough, you will discover that feeling what it feels like to breathe feels really good. Eventually, your heart will open.

As your heart opens and the tensions in your body and mind further dissolve, you will experience a flow of energy that is the vital essence of your life moving in you. You’ll come to a place where you can feel where this energy is coming from and into which it is dissolving, and you’ll feel the breath of life breathing in you. You will begin to appreciate that there is a profound abundance that is the same as your awareness, which is the ground of all experience.

When you are in touch with your body and breath and are appreciating the movement, the vibrancy of the breath of life functioning within you, naturally you come to a place of profound gratitude. You understand what a miracle consciousness is and that you have the opportunity to participate in the crazy ride that is your life. How amazing!

While we are fully responsible for our choices, the only choice that we can ever make that is not already programmed into us and a function of the disappointments of our ancestors is to be completely aware and, in our complete awareness, quite naturally totally grateful.