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“…a mystic is not a special kind of human being, but every human being is a special kind of mystic.” ~ David Steindl-Rast

Living in Gratitude.

November 21, 2019

  

Join us as our own Franklin Taggart guest speaks for us on Sunday, November 24th. He will be speaking about gratitude.

From Franklin:

The impetus for the talk on Sunday is a shift in my own experience of gratitude. I used to think of it as an end result, something that I should feel after I’ve gotten something I wanted or needed. Then at Thanksgiving dinner I could reflect on all the blessings I’ve been given and thank the appropriate deity. Sure, that’s an OK experience, but for me it had become a lifeless routine that was being done just for the sake of tradition. There was no vitality or meaning to it.

I started to wonder what it would be like if gratitude was an ongoing state of being. Not so much thankfulness to a higher power in exchange for something, but a recognition of the ongoing perpetual blessing of just being here, being alive, and the incredible odds that are being defied just to be human.

I also wondered about what life could be like if gratitude is the starting place. What if I welcome life just as it is, and accept it at face value, including the fact that there are things that I don’t like and that I wish I could change. One of the things that makes gratitude a higher state is that there isn’t much resistance involved in it. It’s a state of freedom in which there is awareness of unlimited abundance. If that was my baseline, how would that manifest in my behavior, in my effort, and in the results I might see?

Taken from Inbox Encouragement, November 20, 2019