Gratitude in Practice

This week we’re taking the opportunity to practice and reflect on gratitude and generosity. I’ve discovered that the simple practice of putting these posts together brings about considerable joy. Consider the following thoughts as you go about your week with you own gratitude practices – and see what happens.

The Gratitude Bell by dorofofoto on Flickr

“We are what we are because of the hard work, insights and achievements of countless others.”  ― Karen Armstrong

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”  ― Karl Barth

“In this world, it is not what we take, but what we give up that makes us rich.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”  ― Deitrich Bonhoeffer

“Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky.” ― Chippewa translated by Robert Bly

“You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.” The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.” ― Kahlil Gibran

“I wonder if gratefulness is the bridge from sorrow to joy, spanning the chasm of our anxious striving. Freed from the burden of unbridled desires, we can enjoy what we have, celebrate what we’ve attained, and appreciate the familiar. For if we can’t be happy now, we’ll likely not be happy when.” ― Philip Gulley

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” ―the Dalai Lama

“It is not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.” ― James Russell Lowell

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”  ― Native American Prayer

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ― W.T. Purkiser

“For it is in giving that we receive.”  ― Saint Francis of Assisi

“To sense which gifts to accept & which to leave behind is our path to discovering freedom.” ― Sharon Salzberg

“Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers.”  ―David Steindl-Rast

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