Saturday, November 24, 2007

Reflections on Giving & Living Thanks

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Developing a constant attitude of gratitude in daily life uplifts us and opens our eyes and our hearts to more of the blessings life has to offer. It is a state of mind that sets up a vibrational frequency within our consciousness to allow more of those things we appreciate to come into our experience. Here are some thoughts & quotes on gratitude. At the end is a wonderful website that serves as a guide to creating more gratitude within.

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. - Melody Beattie

Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep. - Felix Frankfurter

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. - Karl Barth

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation. - Roberto Benigni

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. - Eileen Caddy

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. - Joseph Wood Krutch

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. - John Milton

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. - Brian Tracy

A single thankful thought toward heaven is the most perfect of all prayers. - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. - William A. Ward

Whatever we are waiting for . . . peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance . . . it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. - Ellen Vaughn

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. - Henry Ward Beecher

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. - Alan Cohen

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. - Edward Sandford Martin
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.- Cicero
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

Practices for Grateful Living

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