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  1. T
    Tia

    Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives…
    Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

    3 years ago
  2. d
    db82258

    It makes my heart sing and look at the horizon ahead.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    It helps me to see with fresh eyes.

    3 years ago
  4. Elaine

    Grateful living is the SECRET – in plain sight – to being here with contentment, joy, meaning, purpose. There is no end to my gratitude for Br David and Kristi and team for sharing the secret.!

    3 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    Gratitude matters for all kinds of reasons:
    1. It shows people that we appreciate other people and don’t take them or the things they do for us for granted.
    2. It boosts our own mental health by making us aware of the good in our lives and finding a silver lining even in the “bad” things.
    3. It causes us to value nature and to want to live in harmony with it, rather than exploiting it.
    4. It protects us from the trappings of materialism by reminding us of what is enough.
    5. It allows us to see how we have grown from times past until the present moment.

    3 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    With that deepest of calling to come home… to transcend and to become Divine expression, Gratitude is the lubricant and refreshment along that path.

    3 years ago
  7. Linda

    Gratitude reminds me of what is actually important.

    3 years ago
  8. Charlie T

    With gratitude, I try and counter the negative and cynical thoughts that seem to be my normal mode. I feel
    Like I’m flexing a muscle that has atrophied. This is part of my attempt to change. To move forward. To be a better version of myself.

    3 years ago
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    Lauryn

    It’s a tool for reminding us of what’s important. It’s easy to forget these things when we are in the daily chaos of our lives.

    3 years ago
  10. JayJacks

    Gratitude is a daily practice that benefits mind body and soul. It allows room in your heart and spirit for the love and light of our infinite creator. It’s a reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. Each and everyone you that I share this space with I am grateful for. And I love to read each of your comments. Thank you for sharing this space and this life with me.

    3 years ago
  11. Carol

    Gratitude matters because it leads to self awareness and self awareness leads to 0peness and openness leads to personal growth and personal growth leads to presence and presence leads to the willingness to be an instrument of a grace that if allowed to flow in and through us could transform the world.

    I have pasted one of my poems below. It is based on the Adam and Eve myth of the Old Testament which states that Yahweh placed angels in Paradise to guard the Tree of Life after he clothed Adam and Eve for their journey which hopefully would evolve from “seeking to seeing reality.” I’m sure I’ve posted it before but this question prompts me to post it again. My mentor never referred to heaven and hell. He always wished and hoped we would gather again in paradise.

    CLEAR SEEING

    WE ARE PILGRIMS ON THE JOURNEY.

    WE SEARCH BUT ALL PATHS LEAD NO WHERE.

    WHY? BECAUSE WE NEVER LEFT THE GARDEN.

    WE JUST THINK WE DID.

    AND WHAT WE THINK MANIFESTS.

    AND WHAT MANIFESTS BECOMES OUR REALITY —

    A REALITY THAT DENIES OUR BIRTHRIGHT

    AND IMPRISONS OUR VERY SOUL.

    SO LET US RE-MEMBER and RE-CLAIM THE GARDEN.

    GATHER BENEATH THE TREE OF LIFE.

    ROOT OURSELVES IN ITS AGELESS WISDOM

    AND BECOME WHAT WE WERE MEANT TO BE.

    WHOLE, WHOLLY, ONE WITH NATURE

    ONE WITH ALL CREATION,

    WEATHERING ALL THE SEASONS OF LIFE WITH GRACE,

    AND GRATEFULNESS FOR IT ALL.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Lovely Carol. It is a real paradigm shift to see the world as Eden. I like it very much. I like the idea of the paths that lead nowhere. Your poem is brilliant! I will “hold” this today as I go about my day. 🤗

      3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Carol, for your wonderful ‘ecumenical’ poem – we are all together in the garden!

      3 years ago
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      Ana Maria

      Wow! What an empowering post! I thank you for helping me see the story of Eve and Adam in a different light. Your poem is gorgeous!!
      “And what we think manifest, and waht manifest becomes our reality” I have to take these lines to heart and make some changes. Powerful!

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, Ana Maria, for inspiring me to read Carol’s empowering post!

        3 years ago
      2. Carol

        Ana Maria, Thanks for your kind words. It brings me joy to know it was helpful to you.

        3 years ago
  12. Holly in Ohio

    Each day our life will build upon whatever foundation we give it in our mind. We can wake and focus upon our anxieties, our pain, our problems, or we can focus on gratitude. Whatever we focus on, will expand. The gratitude doesn’t exactly change our physical circumstances, but it does change how we relate to it and life will follow that path. Recognizing smaller blessings will bring recognizing larger blessings. Gratitude opens us to enjoying life and feeling love on both the good days and even the not so good days.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      Holly so very true. Hugs, Carol

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you, Carol! ❤

        3 years ago
  13. Ed Schulte

    There is no better way to give acknowledgement and reflection to the source of Love, Grace, Beauty, and existence itself

    3 years ago
  14. Patricia

    Gratitude keeps us spiritually grounded and taking our place in right relationship to all of God’s creation.

    3 years ago
  15. Bethany

    We take so very much for granted and forget to look up and hold our heads high.
    I notice most people look down or directly in front of themselves, whether walking or looking at our electronic devices. We forget the beauty surrounding us, gratitude helps us too see much more, like looking up.

    3 years ago
  16. Nelson

    Because the people you care about and who care about you deserve to be acknowledged and valued.

    3 years ago
  17. Pilgrim

    Gratitude expressed to someone else seems to make a huge difference, especially to those working hard, to those who have stayed at their posts – or returned – during these pandemic years, to medical professionals and store workers, etc. etc. To look someone in the eyes and say thank you can change a person’s day, and when said with sincerity, can change our own day. It means we took a beat, paid attention/noticed, even in the midst of a harried day.

    3 years ago
  18. Marnie Jackson

    Gratitude matters because it lets us see the good in our lives.

    3 years ago
  19. sunnypatti48317

    Gratitude matters because it helps us stay centered + grounded, and helps keep our minds from straying to those dark ego places. It matters because it can be life changing, as it was for me. Starting a gratitude practice helped me get my head on straight, and I can’t imagine my life without it!

    3 years ago
  20. EJP

    Gratitude is the core of life.

    3 years ago
  21. Mary Pat

    Because it changes me. It changes the way I see everything in my life. It affects every part of my life.

    3 years ago
  22. Kevin

    Maintaining a sense of gratitude is a gift we give to ourselves, that morphs into infinite gifts to others.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      Kevin, Amen!

      3 years ago
  23. Michele

    Gratitude matters because it grounds me.

    3 years ago
  24. Christine

    Gratitude does something to me. Just like a vitamin for my body, gratitude is a vitamin for my mind and soul. It keeps me mentally healthy. I experience joy.

    3 years ago

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