Gratitude changes us. It makes us happier, healthier, and better people. In this lesson we cite both the ancient wisdom, and current double-blind studies. You'll be convinced that gratitude will make your life better. However, it's not easy work. It's tough! So, we'll talk about some practical ways to stir thankfulness in our hearts.
A few years ago, our family stopped sharing around the Thanksgiving table the things we were grateful for. Our kids were getting older, the crowd at the table was getting larger, and it started feeling contrived, so I stopped bringing it up (I think everybody has secretly relieved). But that doesn't mean that those on the spiritual journey shouldn't stir themselves up for gratitude and thankfulness. It is one of the most important things we do for our souls. Have a listen. Listen to expand this quote from about 300 years ago... "Religion is grace, ethics is gratitude."
Each year around the Thanksgiving holiday, we revisit the theme of gratitude and thankfulness. This ancient path, like the others we're examining this fall, has power to transform, strengthen, and awaken our souls.
Storytelling is a powerful medium. In this lesson, we reinforce the content of last week’s lesson by simply retelling an ancient story. It’s a story that invites us to live in a posture of gratitude and thankfulness.
What a curious notion, that the Congress of the United States would create a federal holiday for the express purpose of stirring up gratitude in our hearts. In this lesson we consider the benefits that accrue to us when we embrace a posture of thankfulness. Sounds trite, but counting one’s blessings does have psycho-emotional, physical, and certainly spiritual benefits. Change your outlook on life! Have a listen!