May 6 – Gratitude

Today’s meditation opens with a passage that states: “Make a prayer acknowledging yourself as a vehicle of light, giving thanks for the good that has come that day and an affirmation of intent to live in harmony with all your relations.” I love this. We should practice daily gratitude for all that life has to offer. We offer our light and our gifts to the world, and the world repays us in kind with its goodness. There is so much greatness to behold. We should be grateful for the universe and our presence in it.

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On the topic of gratitude, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:

“As we begin to recover and get clearer, we are often overcome with moments of gratitude. We begin to see the possibility that we are not our disease. We have the disease of overworking and doing too much, and that is not who we are. We begin to see that we do have moments of clarity, and we truly like the person we experience during those moments. We begin to see the good that we do each day and the good that comes to us each day. We have times of deep, heartfelt gratitude and love for ourselves, our family, our friends, and the world around us. We even begin to have a glimmer of what it would mean to live in harmony with all those around us. We are healing.”

We are more than our habits. As we heal, we begin to see ourselves more clearly. We learn that our addictions do not define us. We come to know and like the person we are, and we start to remember how much good the world has to offer. There is truly so much to be grateful for.

Expressing gratitude every day is a practice we all should undertake. The more we express our gratitude, the more grateful, happy, and contented we feel. Life is an amazing gift that must never be taken for granted. As we put more space between ourselves and our addiction, we feel our love for ourselves, the people around us, and the world at large more deeply. Our emotions become dulled under the numbing effects of our addiction. When we finally stop, we begin to feel again. Our sense become heightened. We are more aware of our gratitude and love. Of all the beauty this world has to offer. We need only open our hearts to receive it.

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