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Cultivating Gratitude

 

"Gratitude is an inner connection with us, God and the entire universe."-Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi

This summer, I attended some retreats with my spiritual teacher, Amma, or Mata Amritanandamayi. One of the topics she talked about was about cultivating gratitude. She said that “Gratitude is a decision just like happiness. . . Gratitude is an inner connection between God, the entire creation and us.”  She reminded us that everything we are receiving is due to the work of countless people living now and in the past, Mother Nature, and unseen forces. We are indebted to the world. Nature is our mother.

Other notes I wrote down:

Life is a blessing. Gratitude is a prayer that opens and enlarges our hearts to receive more. Appreciate life with each breath we take. Accept all situations with discernment. It is man’s nature to notice what we don’t have, instead of seeing all the good around us. Replace “mine” with “O God, everything is yours.” Help others without expecting anything in return. Remember that the next breath may not be ours. Remember God constantly. Our real success in life lies in unity.

Some time ago, I used the header image to make a greeting card. The positioning of the clouds, opening up in freedom, reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings about embracing our feelings. So I wrote these words:

inner skies widen
as each breath is observed
as each feeling is embraced
with arms of compassion

 




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Welcoming Smiling Flowers

“A smile is the universal welcome.”—Max Eastman

“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy.  It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”—Henri Nouwen




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Be True to You

 

Something about the wildness of this flower really appealed to me. So free. Each hair did not have to be in place. Happy. Beautiful. Radiant. Free to be itself. Having faith.

 

John O’Donohue says it so eloquently in a “Blessing for a New Beginning”:

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Music in a Plant

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”—Victor Hugo

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”—Maya Angelou

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”—Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”—Pablo Casals

“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”—Thomas Carlyle




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Waves

 

“The one factor which connects a human being to Nature is the innate innocence within man. When we see a rainbow, or the waves of the ocean, do we still feel the innocent joy of a child? An adult who experiences a rainbow as being nothing but light waves will not know the joy and wonder of a child who sees a rainbow, or a child who is watching the waves of the ocean.”

—Amma, “Man and Nature”, p10

 

“The whole world is pulsing with the power of God…wave after wave of bliss. Your heart is like the shore, and the Ocean of Infinite Love is breaking on the shores of your heart.”

—Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

—Henry David Thoreau

 




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Four Elements

 

Breathing in, I see the sky in this flower
Breathing out, I feel spaciousness within me. I am thankful for this breath.
Breathing in, I see the sun’s rays reflected in this flower
Breathing out, I know the sun is in my heart, pumping blood, guiding my way.
Breathing in, I see a cloud in this flower
Breathing out, I know water is coursing through my veins.
Breathing in, I know that the flower’s roots transport minerals to the iris, helping it to stand up tall
Breathing out, I feel my feet connected to Mother Earth who nourishes me.




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Sacred Partnership

“There is within each of us a deep and holy hunger for sacred union….Sacred partnership provides a gateway to God, an opportunity to practice love daily, a chance to enhance our heart connection through commitment and consistent gentle kindness to someone else.”

-Sue Patton Thoele, “Heart Centered Marriage”

 




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