Diva Musing: Cultivating Gratitude….

The Time of year we all focus on thanksgiving and gratitude.  Some Great thoughts on the subject today my Divas.. Namaste, The Queen Cronista….

Cultivating Gratitude 
I once traveled with a friend who had great insight into human nature.  He said,“Wherever you go you can find something to complain about.”  If we travel, we can complain about lumpy beds and crowded airports.  But if we stay home, we can complain that we never go anywhere interesting and there’s never anything good on television. 
In Japanese language there is a term — on.  The meaning of on often includes a sense of gratitude combined with a desire to repay others for what we have been given.  It’s not just that we feel grateful, or that we express our gratitude, but that we actually experience a sincere desire to give something back.  We might think of it as appreciation that stimulates a sense of obligation. Not an externally imposed obligation.  But a sense of obligation that arises naturally within us as we recognize how we have been supported and cared for by others.                                                                        
Seven Principles for Cultivating Gratitude:
  1. Gratitude is independent of our objective life circumstances
  2. Gratitude is a function of attention
  3. Entitlement precludes gratitude
  4. We often take for granted that which we receive on a regular basis
  5. Gratitude can be cultivated through sincere self-reflection
  6. Expressing gratitude, through words and deeds, enhances our experience of gratitude
  7. Our deepest sense of gratitude comes through grace, with the awareness that we have not earned, nor do we deserve all that we’ve been given.
http://www.todoinstitute.org/gratitude.html
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