The Secret of Having a Grateful Heart by Owen Waters

Giving thanks is the expression of gratitude, and gratitude is
one of the most beautiful secrets in spiritual life.

Gratitude is a form of love, and love is something which flows
from the Creator of the universe through all forms of life and
manifestation. Without love, life in the universe cannot exist.
Love is the universal force of preservation which holds
creation in manifestation.

The Natural Flow of Love

Love is as natural as the universe. By design, there is a
tension between the forces of creation and universal love. It
is this tension which controls the size of the universe,
holding it within its envelope. It is this tension which
regulates the size of an electron's orbit around a nucleus.
Love is the force which retains electrons in their orbits,
making atoms possible and the existence of life as we know it.

You can block love, or you can allow it to flow naturally
through you. Falling in love with another person is an
allowance of the flow of love through your heart. In a world
where everything has the appearance of separateness, it is a
surrender to the underlying unity of all life. It is a place of
apparent vulnerability, a willingness to take the risk that
separation will once again return if that love is later lost.

When you allow your heart to open to the universe's flow of
love, gratitude comes with that flow. Gratitude for being
alive, for just existing, for just being in the flow of the
adventure of life. Gratitude for the Sun that gives us life.
Gratitude for the Earth that gives us our home in the cosmos.
Gratitude for the people that you love, and for those who share
your journey through life.

Gratitude flows unimpeded from an open heart. When you allow
it, it flows as freely as the sunshine, unobstructed by
judgments or conditions.

Quality of Life

One of the most endearing things a person can say to a loved
one is this:

“I'm grateful for having you in my life, and I appreciate you
for who you are.”

If you haven't already tried this, try it sometime. It adds
new meaning to the words, “quality of life.”

This article was written by Owen Waters, author of
“The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness”

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