can enter in to these moments.At first they may seem faint to you, mere whispers of gratitude flashing by on the current of your concerns and cares. Yet they happen; they do occur. You can focus your intent tonotice them, to pay them attention in the happening, in the moment.So, the next time you read of a blessing received by someone, give your heart the attention itdeserves at all times; give it your conscious awareness. Look at what you are feeling.Reread the story a time or two, if that will help. Watch closely for the arising of themomentary feeling of gratitude.This gratitude does not have to be focused in any way; it need not be directed at God, or Source, Spirit, or whatever form your idea of a deity takes. Gratitude is, itself, the action of the deity, and the deity need not be grateful to itself. Gratitude is simply the natural flow of divinity. It is in God’s nature to experience gratitude.
Thus, this feeling is open to and present in us all, whether atheist by belief or devoted Christian, Muslim, Jew, or whatever...or none of these. It does not matter. Divinity is at the foundation and base of
creation, and sodivinity flows in and through us all, regardless of our chosen path through life.
So, when the moment comes, and you feel the upsurge of grateful feeling rise on the wings of someone’s story,
go with it
. Enter in to it, as fully as you are able. Simply give yourself permission to feel this,to go with these feelings as they arise.Practice just this much. At every opportunity, be alert for moments of gratitude. You have feltthem, before, though you may not have noticed, or given them much of your attention. Thingshave changed, now, however, since you have set your intent to notice, and to participate inthese feelings. You begin to notice these opportunities, now, even if you never did, before.
So, you have
set your intention
these opportunities, when the flow of gratitudearises within you upon the hearing of some blessing or other that has come to someone, or even to something. All has consciousness; all is alive and aware. Yes, “Even” natureexperiences gratitude, even nature is aware of blessings.So, first you notice. You have also set your intention to allow yourself to enter in to the heart’sflow, to enter in to gratitude, itself, and to go with this flow. You have set your attention tosimply pay attention whenever your heart stirs with a grateful feeling for another, on behalf of a blessing received by some ‘other’ part of life. Thus, you have intentionally determined toboth notice the arising and to allow yourself to flow with gratitude as it arises.This is a sufficient practice to bring about change. Give some time, some practice to this.Allow these changes, even if they are subtle, and you have been wont to practice this gratefulflow, allow these changes to settle in. Give yourself over to this practice, expecting nothing.
is generally the best way. Most of our thoughts and ideas are nonsense,anyway. We can certainly not corral and contain divinity in our thoughts. It is best not to tryto do so, but rather to leave the playing field open. Openness is best, with no fears and noexpectations clouding our practice. This is best.