Saturday, February 3, 2007

The attitude of gratitude

“Has mankind been courteous to the bounty around him given by the provider”?

Saying a ‘Thank-You’ or ‘Please’ to another Human Being is an expression of gratitude to any favors received however small or big and recognizing the feeling behind the act.

In a similar analogy, it would be worthwhile to ponder how we express our gratitude to what Nature around us provides.

In an age of recognition of self-claimed achievement we often say “There are no free lunches”, when millions of living beings around us get just that.
We claim “Money does not grow on trees”, when in fact it does. We also claim that “Nothing comes free”, while the best things in life are for free. Take air for example.

We have developed an attitude of “What’s in it for me”? in every action of ours thereby increasing expectations. This is the voice of the EGO which translates to Edging God Out, as often quoted by spiritual masters. We should develop and attitude of “How can I help”? this is the voice of the spirit.

The saying “There is enough for everybody’s need, not for everybody’s greed”, cries for expression in today’s environment.
“I have enough of what I need”, is an attitude of gratitude.

Our own body is a great example of attitude of gratitude. Deepak Chopra in his book “The Book Of Secret’s” writes about the wisdom we already are living.

It says: You have a Higher Purpose. Every cell in your body agrees to work for the welfare of the whole. Its individual survival comes second. Selfishness is not its option.
You are in communion with the whole of life, just as a cell keeps in touch with every other cell in the body. Withdrawing or refusing to communicate is not an option.
You feel acceptance for all others as your equal, without judgment or prejudice, just as cells recognize each other as equal. Going it alone is not an option.
Your idea of efficiency is to let the flow of life bring you what you need and not what you want, remember-the cell stores only three seconds of food, it trusts in being provided for.
You are committed to giving as the source of all abundance, just as the activity of cells is giving, giving makes receiving automatic. Hoarding is not an option.

So from today thank the provider for the abundance around you, realize that life has found a way to express itself perfectly through you.

Look with-in, for that attitude of gratitude. Once you look with-in then you appreciate the with-out.
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