Cultivate Gratitude by Robert Emmans

Taken from Gratitude Works

When people regularly cultivate gratitude, they experience a multitude of psychological, physical, interpersonal, and spiritual benefits.

Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction with life of any personality trait—more so than even optimism, hope, or compassion.

Grateful people experience higher levels of positive emotions such as joy, enthusiasm, love, happiness, and optimism, and gratitude as a discipline protects us from the destructive impulses of envy, resentment, greed, and bitterness.

People who experience gratitude can cope more effectively with everyday stress, show increased resilience in the face of trauma-induced stress, recover more quickly from illness, and enjoy more robust physical health.

Many of these effects are quantifiable.

Consider these eye-popping statistics. People are 25 percent happier if they keep gratitude journals, sleep one-half hour more per evening, and exercise 33 percent more each week compared to persons who are not keeping these journals. …

Experiencing gratitude leads to increased feelings of connectedness, improved relationships, and even altruism.

We have also found that when people experience gratitude, they feel more loving, more forgiving, and closer to God.

Love – by Emmet Fox

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;

No disease that enough love will not heal;

No door that enough love will not open;

No gulf that enough love will not bridge;

No wall that enough love will not throw down;

No sin that enough love will not redeem.

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,

How hopeless the outlook,

How muddled the tangle,

How great the mistake;

A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.

If only you could love enough,

you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

Sometimes – David Whyte

Sometimes
if you move carefully
through the forest

breathing
like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound, 

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
and

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

questions
that can make
or unmake
a life,

questions
that have patiently
waited for you,

questions
that have no right
to go away.

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life

I will not live in fear of falling

or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible,

to loosen my heart

until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance;

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

Write down your blessings

The act of writing down your blessings translates your thoughts into words,

and writing has been shown to have advantages over just thinking the thoughts.

Writing helps to organize thoughts, facilitate integration,

and helps you accept your own experiences and put them in context.

I Am Not I – by Juan Ramôn Jiménez

I am not I.

I am this one

walking beside me whom I do not see,

whom at times I manage to visit,

and whom at other times I forget;

who remains calm and silent while I talk,

and forgives, gently, when I hate,

who walks where I am not,

who will remain standing when I die.

 

 

 

Spirituality

When you think of spirituality think about a tree, how the tree grows….

The tree puts down many, many roots….

There is a balance between the roots and branches….

To have a balanced consciousness, you must have spirituality in the inner world, and spirituality in the outer world….

Your spirituality must be grounded or else your spirituality remains suspended in the air.

On one side you must further the expansion of your consciousness, and on the other side, you must show the fruits of the expansion of consciousness.

(Consciousness Vol. 1, p. 278).

The Love of Your Fate – Joseph Campbell

Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say,‘This is what I need.’

It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.

If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there.

Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.

What a privilege!

This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.”

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.