Written by on November 21, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

There is nothing more powerful than a grateful heart. Why? Because a grateful heart is an open heart, and an open heart is a channel for love.

Gratitude is not indebtedness. It’s a deep mindfulness of true value, a right seeing of the true nature of things. It’s saying “yes” to life’s blessings in its myriad forms. Gratitude is not a high interest loan that you must pay back. Gratitude is a state of being that springs forth from within you. It is the force that expands your cup so that the full measure of good that “overfloweth” increases.

Gratitude is not a privilege for the rich or the few. You can always find something to be grateful. No matter how dire the situation may be, you can stop right where you are and start thinking about what’s good in your life. Even if the only good you can think of is having the mental ability to ascertain how horrible everything is in your life, you have the gift of awareness! And awareness is where all real change begins. Your mind is a powerful tool, a potential you possess to create, dream, imagine, and work for a solution, a tool for which you can be grateful.

Counting your blessings is more than an intellectual exercise. It’s more than accruing items for a list, more than naming people in your life who do love you, related or not, or saying thank you for being healthy or having food to eat or whatever it is that comes up on your list. It’s those things too, if they’re true for you, but it’s more than that.

Counting your blessings is stepping into and up to a higher resonance. Even if you aren’t capable of feeling grateful, at this time, it can bring you there. Counting your blessings can create the space for your feelings to catch up to it. It can freeze time long enough for you to catch your breath. And when you do, even for a moment, it’s a reprieve, for in that moment, you are not focusing on what is hurting you.

And within that moment there is the invitation. Stay…linger a while, and let yourself receive whatever gifts of healing are there for you.

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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