The Force of Gratitude

Written by on July 25, 2008 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

There is something compelling about the force of gratitude, especially in a society that’s characterized by so much entitlement. It is one of the reasons I became involved with the People of the Golden Vision.

I had never met anyone so gracious and so hopeful and grateful for the smallest act of kindness than the young Chinese girl who had been detained in New Orleans from the Golden Venture. One small note to her elicited such an outpouring of appreciation that she immediately won my heart. In all the years I have known her since, this is her nature.

Having a grateful heart, being able to appreciate the present moment, these things are crucial to finding happiness. The pursuit of happiness, we are so fond of claiming we have a right to in this country, is really a sad little joke. Because happiness can’t be pursued. It can only be accepted.

I’ve seen, too often, and lived this, the impossible and almost frantic attempt to capture that which can only be found by standing still. This does not mean apathy or non-engagement with our reality. To the contrary, standing still…or more accurately, being still, will take you farther than any amount of racing.

It, also, has nothing to do with physical activity. On the surface, a person may be very busy with schedules and commitments. But if done with awareness and mindfulness of the present moment, it can be a natural unfolding of that very present moment. More so than the person who sits on a mediation cushion to escape reality.

A grateful heart makes room to enter into this stillness, this mindfulness. And it is this very mindfulness that makes it possible to be grateful. And it changes things.

If we want to make a difference in this world, if we want to find the answer to the question, “How can I make a difference?”, maybe we should start with counting our blessings.

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About the Author

About the Author: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .


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