Such a great deal has been written about the power of gratitude it appears unnecessary to belabor this point: it is impossible – repeat, impossible – to hold at the same time the slightest negativity of any sort and authentic gratitude. Their coexistence is simply impossible and the choice is ours. We invite you to take a few slow, deep breaths when you arise in the morning and begin your day with this blessing…
May this day be a constant canticle of gratitude from now on till I retire tonight.
May I welcome any negative event with gratitude for the growth
it will produce in my life.
May I face every single encounter with gratitude for the manifestation
of divine love it represents.
May I react to any disgruntled, depressed, angry or sad face with gratitude
that my blessings can uplift and help dissolve them.
May I eat my meals with gratitude for all those who have participated
in bringing them on to my table.
However tedious, unimportant or boring my work may appear, may I perform it with the understanding that the very act of giving thanks can profoundly transform it.
And above all, may I understand that the choice between complaint, indifference, and gratitude is mine at every…moment of my life.
Pierre Pradervand, from 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World.
This blessing also appears as one of our Practices for Grateful Living
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I am grateful I am blessed with a healthy body that at 76 can kneel to dig and plant my garden, and rise with the hope that I will see it blossom and bear fruit.
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