Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving - Thanks Giving

Thank You for Everything

      Thoughts and actions related to gratitude and appreciation and thankfulness are in the air, as Thanksgiving is almost here. It is the time of the year that I recall the story I got from Alan Cohen ( about a female Zen master named Sono who taught one simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to say one affirmation many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."

       People from all walks of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were emotionally distraught; others had financial troubles; some were seeking soul liberation. No matter what their problem or what question they asked her, she said the same thing.  She told them to affirm: "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." Some people were disappointed; others got angry; others wanted to argue with her. And yet there were some people who took her suggestion to heart and began to practice it in their lives. It was said that everyone who practiced Sono’s mantra found peace and healing. 

       Can you imagine what your life would be like if you stopped complaining about anything and everything? Fall is a time of letting go, so what if we let go of complaining? And simply let each of our complaints fall away like the leaves on a tree during fall. Most of us have been conditioned to question, analyze, and criticize everything we see.  We end up questioning, analyzing, and criticizing ourselves. Then we miss out on joy and happiness.

      At Thanksgiving, many of us will be getting together with our families. Old family issues may come up and we might be tempted to fall into old patterns. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, as we sat with our relatives, we held in mind, "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."  Imagine what this Thanksgiving would be like if we decided that, no matter how much one family member complains about another; how much a family member bugs us about doing something or stopping doing something, or criticizes our kids or our spouse, we would choose to be an appreciation machine and look for the positive aspects in our loved ones. Indeed this would quite a Thanksgiving to remember! 

       "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." What if we simply practiced the mantra for the entire Thanksgiving Day? And then maybe one day a week? We might start to feel so good and our lives may become so successful that we will want to turn every day into Thanksgiving. It could happen!

     There is one thing that, if we learn to do it in our lives, would make it easy to live in gratitude and appreciation nearly all of the time.  That one thing is the ability to allow the present moment to unfold just as it is, and be OK with it.  No resistance.  Simply notice and allow. I know this may seem quite radical to some!  It did to me at one time.  Yet, I can now tell you from experience that the simple willingness to look and allow is all we need to open up to whole new worlds of possibility.  When than expanded vision arises in us, we are inspired to spontaneous gratitude. To me, when we do this, we automatically give up all resistance that may come up and put ourselves in the state of allowing, which can also be called a state of unconditional love and opening to our intuitive guidance, this is where we can experience what some call miracles! 
  • The less resistance we have, the better our overall health, well-being, prosperity, relationships, and life will be.Who doesn’t want that? 
  • Gratitude puts us in an expanded state of allowing where the people, things, and experiences that we desire can flow easily into our experience. 
  • Gratitude and appreciation are simply other words for love, yet being grateful and appreciating are often easier for us to think about doing than loving (because of our mistaken views on love, like the song, Love Hurts).
       There is even greater power when we give thanks together. The shared energy of a group increases the transformation for each one in the group.  What if, this Thanksgiving, you look for things to appreciate in your family members and friends?   What if you identified positive aspects in each person and focused only on those?   Appreciation plays a significant role in the enhancement of harmony and love in all relationships. 

If you want appreciation, give out appreciation. 

Being appreciated charges your batteries. 

So does appreciating! 

Experiment with this as your new mantra:
Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever. 
Watch your life change for the better! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Judee Light 

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