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Gratitude: The Spiritual Fast Track

January 6, 2019

If you're looking for the ultimate spiritual short-cut, gratitude won’t let you down.

 

Be grateful for everything. Treat every grain of sand like the universe itself.

 

Those teachers who live on mountaintops and have thousands of followers, how did they get to be the way they are?

 

They woke up one morning and they found they were grateful for everything.

 

They call their insight by many names, and they do suggest practices if people ask.

 

But it all boils down to one thing: be grateful.

 

Maybe “grateful” is too specific in our language.

 

They have a general sense of blessing and an eagerness to bless.

 

They are infected with chronic worshipfulness and infinite enthusiasm.

 

Hafiz wrote a wonderful poem about how things look when we’ve got it all backward.

 

When we don’t feel grateful, we use various methods to have a better time later on.

 

We sit in a prayer room all day

So God has to go out and bless the rocks.

 

I think that’s a good definition of spirituality: blessing the rocks.

 

Don’t spend your time trying to finagle an outcome you can appreciate later.

 

Bless everything now, and be grateful.

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