Opening Your Heart to Gratitude

by on November 1, 2017

Dear One,

The cycle of the seasons has turned again. It’s not really cold here, but the energy has changed—the weather is crisp, leaves are falling over my garden, the smell of autumn is in the air.

The holidays are approaching and my thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving and what it means to “give thanks.” So this issue is dedicated to the spiritual quality and practice of gratitude.

Attitude is everything on the spiritual path and gratitude goes way beyond saying “thank you.” For example, many people recommend practicing gratitude because it invokes the Law of Attraction. It’s true, but it’s the wrong attitude. To think, “I’ll express gratitude to get something more for myself in return” is still selfish, egoic. Seems rather manipulative, doesn’t it?

Gratitude is an exchange of energy. When we realize how precious a gift a human life is, how unique we ourselves are, how beautiful nature is, our heart naturally opens and we respond gratefully with wonder and appreciation to something beyond ourselves, knowing we—our little selves—couldn’t so much as grow a blade of grass.

We express the gratitude we feel in our hearts and know that the only way to repay our gifts from the great giver is to “pay it forward”—to treat everyone, every creature, the Earth and everything with respect and loving kindness.

In Gratitude for You and Divine Friendship,
Nayaswami Kamala
Creator and Founder, Spiritual Life Magazine

Opening Your Heart to Gratitude

Gratitude is an exchange of energy. When we realize how precious a gift a human life is, how unique we ourselves are, how beautiful nature is, our heart naturally opens and we respond gratefully with wonder and appreciation to something beyond ourselves. This issue is dedicated to the spiritual quality and practice of gratitude.

In this issue of Spiritual Life Magazine you’ll find:

A Contented Man
A Story from a Dream about Seeking and Desires
Opening Your Heart to Gratitude
The practice and benefits of feeling grateful from scientific research and spiritual wisdom
Wonder and Awe
A TED Talk and Film by Louie Schwartzberg
Spiritual Law of Gratitude
In this day and age of turmoil, chaos, and despair, it is mete that mankind should become better acquainted with spiritual laws.
Gratitude
Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda
Bummers To Blessings
Every situation in our life has a purpose and
contains a lesson and a blessing. Our job as awakening souls is to become aware of and benefit from them.
Video: A Grateful Day
How to Feel Grateful for Your Life and Yourself

33 Quotes on Gratitude
Family Gatherings
The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground
A Simple, Powerful Practice
I Want to Pour the Scent of Gratefulness at Thy Feet
Whispers from Eternity by Paramhansa Yogananda

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