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Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-- Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.
-- J. Robert Moskin
Faith is the courageous confidence that trusts in the Source of all gifts.-- David Steindl-Rast
If we begin to get in touch with whatever we feel with some kind of kindness, our protective shells will melt, and we'll find that more areas of our lives are workable.-- Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
On this day of your life, I believe God wants you to know... the best things in life are free. That is just about the oldest, most trite, most hackneyed "saying" you could come across today. But it is so, so true. And it is important never to lose sight of that. So look around you. Wherever you see friendship, loyalty, laugher, love...there is your treasure.
-- Neale Donald Walsch
We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
-- E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
-- Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.
-- Vance Havner
Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.
-- David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart
A desire to kneel down sometimes pulses through my body, or rather it is as if my body has been meant and made for the act of kneeling. Sometimes, in moments of deep gratitude, kneeling down becomes an overwhelming urge, head deeply bowed, hands before my face.
-- Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
-- Theodore Rubin
I am, therefore I thank.
-- Cindy Lubar Bishop
Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.
-- David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul.
-- Simone Weil
Outwardly one's life may suffer every kind of limitation, from bodily paralysis to miserable surroundings, but inwardly it is free in meditation to reach out to a sphere of light, beauty, truth, love, and power.
-- Paul Brunton, Meditations for People in Crisis
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
-- Martha Washington
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
I had to relinquish all the powers I normally command. I had to relinquish, above all, the sense and affect of activity. I had to allow – and this seemed horrible – the sense and feeling of passivity.
Oliver Sacks, Neurologist
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable...but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.
All respectability, all honor is meaningless if it drives you against your nature. What can you do if you are not a lotus flower, but just a marigold? Enjoy being a marigold.
ChandanAlways be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
People call me an optimist, but I'm really an appreciator....When I was six years old and had scarlet fever, the first of the miracle drugs, sulfanilamide, saved my life. I'm grateful for computers and photocopiers...I appreciate where we've come from.
Julian Simon (1933-1998) American Academic
Rise above the dumbosity of others.
For all that has been, thanks; to all that will be, yes.
Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting.
Regina Sara Ryan
Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Grateful living: an alchemic operation of converting "disgraceful" things into grateful events.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use your experience wisely.
--Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917
Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
The day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words "thank you",
I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand
capable of transforming everything.
--Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will.
Gratitude is twofold -
love coming to visit us and love running out to greet a welcome guest.
-- Henry Van Dyke
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.-- English proverb
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues.
Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self,
his real self that can dare and do and win out.
-- Eleanor Porter (1868-1920) American Novelist
Even if you have a lot of work to do, if you think of it as wonderful, and if you feel it as wonderful, it will transform into the energy of joy and fire,-- Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
instead of becoming a burden.
The Practice of Dzogchen
Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful.
A Listening Heart
In the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest.
A Listening Heart
Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart
ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers.
-- David Steindl-Rast
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way,
but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives
can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
-- Sara Ban BreathnachThankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.
-- Jalaluddin Rumi
Camille and Kabir Helminski's
RUMI: JEWELS OF REMEMBRANCE
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.
-- Albert Schweitzer
The same pain that can blemish our personality can act as a creative force,-- Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
burnishing it into an object of delight.
The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.-- Jalaluddin Rumi
There's a self expansive aspect of gratitude. Very possibly it's a little known law of nature:
the more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful for.
-- Elaine St. James
What brings fulfillment is gratefulness,
the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness.
-- David Steindl-Rast
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Heaven and earth are threads from one loom.
-- Shaker proverb
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns.
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
-- Allophones Karr
A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.-- Baha'u'llah
A complaining soul complains even in paradise.
To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline - training - is about.
-- James Clavell, in "Shogun"
If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
--Rabbi Harold Kushner
-- Kevin Anderson
How can this suffering be?
How can this suffering be a gift?
How can this suffering be a gift? Rip it open.
How can this suffering be a gift? Rip it open, and the heart floods with compassion.
We are all one.
We are all one step from the edge.
We are all one step from the edge of the annihilation.
We are all one step from the edge of the annihilation of all hatred.
Spirituality and Health Magazine Sept/Oct 2006
See also, from his book, Divinity in Disguise
The Practice of Nested Meditations
"The spiritual practice of gratitude has been called a state of mind and a way of life. But we prefer to think of it as a grammar — an underlying structure that helps us construct and make sense out of our lives. The rules of this grammar cover all our activities. Its syntax reveals a system of relationships linking us to the divine and to every other part of the creation. To learn the grammar of gratitude, practice saying "thank you" for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, dreams. Count your blessings, and praise God. Utter blessings, and express your appreciation to everything and everyone you encounter. By blessing, we are blessed."
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-- Melody Beattie
Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.-- Elizabeth Carter
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got,-- Frank A. Clark
he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.-- Henry Van Dyke
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,-- Johannes A. Gaertner
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven
Do you realize what this means?-- Christopher Leach
The fact of being alive... I still find it staggering that I am here at all.
Never lose a holy curiosity.-- Albert Einstein
Gratitude is the heart's memory.-- French Proverb
Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.-- Maori proverb
I will love the light for it shows me the way,-- Og Mandino
yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force....-- Og Mandino
My love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;-- Mark Twain
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing.-- Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529)
They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct
his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.-- Chinese proverb
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.-- Jalaluddin Rumi
Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven.-- Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.- Paul Boese
Inspirational Quotes The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation