Feeling & expressing Gratitude

During a small group meeting at my house y’day, one of the participants talked about the biggest missing element in our lives which is gratitude.  We have taken almost everything for granted except when it is scarce.  I had also briefly touched upon this in a previous post.

Even when we say “thank you”, it is more mechanical and is done as a ritual, that is loses its significance.  The fact that we are alive today to experience the various things that nature has to offer is itself a reason to feel grateful. Some of our own kith and kin did not live to see the day but we have!!

The participant talked about how each and every thing in this universe including the “inanimates” have a soul of their own and it is our duty to nourish the soul of an object when we use it or get benefited from it.  By not doing so, we are only making it difficult for our own selves because a nurtured soul would be even more productive than an under or non nourished soul!!

While it would be desirable to thank and love every person and object that we come into contact with as and when the interaction takes place, it becomes unviable given our rush to be a human doing.  Instead, let us take 5 minutes at the end of the day, preferably just before we go to bed, to recall the events of the day and while doing so, send an mental expression of thanks and love to each person and object.

Is this too much to ask for?

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1 Comment

  1. April 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thankyou for your post. I agree, gratitude is so important, and we all need to devote time to cultivating this. Sometimes at the end of the day I spend a few minutes writing down what I am grateful for that day. I also find whenever I experience difficulty in life, focussing on really feeling deeply grateful opens the mind and the spirit to experience what the moment has to offer.


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