Gratitude bestows reverence

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“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

The intentional practice of gratitude changes us. And there are always moments and people and things to be grateful for, even in life’s hardest times.

How often do you focus on gratitude in your days?

Be grateful for whoever comes

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The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~Rumi

Oh, how hard we try to edit out of our experience all that we find to be unpleasant, unacceptable, or uncomfortable. We push those things into our shadow and try to pretend that they don’t exist.

But those uncomfortable parts of our experience have much to teach us if we would but welcome them in and be ready to learn from what we find there. It is only by bringing our shadows into the light that they surrender their healing gifts.

What parts of your experience need to be invited in, greeted with laughter, and allowed to guide you into growth and healing?

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Making gratitude easy

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Gratitude comes easily when you see the world through the wondering eyes of a child who has not yet learned to take it for granted.

As I’ve engaged in my daily gratitude practice with the postings at Earthwear Collection, I’ve realized how many of the things that I am grateful for stem from re-seeing the world afresh. Our world is filled with so many wonders that bring so much awe, delight, and gratitude when I just stop taking them for granted long enough to really see them once again.

When I return to that fresh, wondering gaze of a child looking upon a new world, gratitude flows so easily for all of the little things that I have gotten so used to overlooking. That simple shift is available to me every moment of every day, and it not only makes gratitude easy, it completely changes my world!

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