Archive for November, 2010

Reflections on Gratitude

Thanksgiving. Why do we pause each November to reflect and remember what we are thankful for? Honestly, beyond the fact that it is a national holiday, and we all do our best to get together and feast on Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pies and all sorts of good things, why do you suppose we have the theme of Thankfulness? Could it be that deep down we all long to express that which means most to us, that which brings us joy?

The expression of gratitude releases within us a wondrous power, which has the ability to heal the imbalances we all hold within us. There is this part within each of us that longs to express the joy of gratitude. When allowed expression in our lives this vibration of joy and thankfulness releases the doors holding all our potential Blessings. When we realize as Oprah so eloquently stated that the “single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.” When this realization permeates our Being we can begin to create the life we have always wanted, by enjoying the one we are having right now.

There is so much to be said about the amazing power of gratitude released into our lives that it would take volumes to contain it. Here now without further adieu I will include a few especially wonderful gratitude quotes I have seen this Thanksgiving.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson

‎”Be in a state of gratitude: Rather than being in a state of non-peace concerning any family members, say a prayer of gratitude for their presence in your life and all that they have come to teach you.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of Thanksgiving.” ~H.U. Westermayer

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~ E. E. Cummings

Dr. Christiane Northrup Gratitude leads to joy—and to being poised and centered. Count your blessings on a regular basis. They will multiply many, many times over. Happy Thanksgiving!

“I have noticed that the Universe loves gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say ‘goodies,’ I don’t mean only material things. I mean all the people, places, and experiences that make life so wonderfully worth living.” – Louise L. Hay

Gratitude is the key to happiness; apply it to your past, and you will find friends you never knew you had.

Show me the gifts I have overlooked, and fill my heart with
gratitude for all my blessings. Everyone and everything in my life is
a gift from God. Alan Cohen

Awesome! Think of the implications of viewing everyone and everything in your life as a gift from God.  That perspective would have life changing results. True some gifts come in disguise, but all are meant to bring about your ultimate good.

For this reason it is good to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians s 5:18

May you all be greatly Blessed as you daily seek to release the amazing power of gratitude in your life. God Bless, Namaste, Shalom, Blessed Be, Peace be with you all!

Kerrie UniFaith

Seek to do that which is right.

Live in the joy of Love and Light.

Do no harm and live peace, compassion and kindness.


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We all have people in our lives who are difficult to deal with, hard to be around and generally unpleasant to say the least. The question is, can we view them differently and learn to see past their unpleasant exterior? I recently asked myself this very question about one of the difficult people in my own life. This person was just so snappy and angry and rude whenever I was around them that I truly dreaded any time I had to see them. I asked God one day is there another way I can view this person, and come to understand them so I can feel more compassion towards them instead of dread. My answer came in the form of a picture brought to my mind of a fox with its paw trapped in the cruel jaws of a metal trap. The frightened fox was snapping furiously at a hand that was trying to free its blood soaked paw from the trap. When I stopped to consider what this picture meant, it came to me that the person in question was in a great deal of pain. They have suffered far more pain than I am personally aware of. They snap angrily at others because of feeling trapped in their own world of pain.

I wonder how many other unpleasant people this too would be true of? Honestly how many would it not be true of? All have their burdens, but some are especially heavy, and those who bear them feel isolated in their pain.

Since I came to see this different perspective, it has helped me view the person in question, and many others like them, with far more compassion and understanding then I was previously able to feel. After all who can blame a fox for snapping at the hand that tries to free it from its pain. The fox only knows its pain, it has not yet experienced freedom from it.

My hope is that we might look past the angry remarks and rude actions of others, and see instead a creature of God trapped in a world of pain. Your acts of kindness will not go unnoticed when you choose to be kind and compassionate to those who seem to mistreat you. Knowing there is more to what we can see in others, may help us change our view of them. Perhaps we will perceive one in need of compassion, instead of one we most want to avoid.

Namaste to all of you my Friends. May your day be Blessed with acts of unexpected kindness both to you, and from you as well.

Kerrie UniFaith

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Today as I contemplated the messages contained in all the events that occur within our life, it came to me that; all that comes into our life, is sent to us by the great love that ever guides us here. Often it may not seem to be that way, but rest assured it is.

My most resent opportunity to experience this arrived in the form of a very inflamed and painful gall bladder. Now what on Earth you might ask is inspiring about a gall bladder swollen and filled with stones? To me, each stone represents an event in my life where I chose to hold onto anger or fear, which is what anger really is. These stones are very pointed messages to tell me it is time to let them go. I must release my hold on fear and anger in my life. I will release them to the Universe and allow my healing to take place.

My only regret is that I was so stubborn about accomplishing this task that my gall bladder had to sacrifice itself to get my attention. Now that it has my attention, I will do what I have needed to do for some time. I do not want my gall bladder to die in vain. I choose to learn my lesson, to release my fear and anger by unleashing Love’s power into my life. I declare that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. I trust that Love will ever guide me as I follow the course of my path, through this life time and beyond.

I wonder how many of us are also clinging to stones here? Stones of fear, sadness, anger, regret, guilt, resentment, the list goes on and on. Will you choose here and now with me to lay your stones down and live in Love and forgiveness? Or will you wait for a catastrophic event to bring these stones to your attention? Love will bring them to you for your attention and healing at some point in your life. I hope you will lay down your stones now, before they become a real physical pain in your body like mine have become.

Choosing Love and forgiveness now will allow your healing to be complete. My prayer for you is that love’s messages to you, will never die in vain. I pray that you may live long and prosper, set free and made whole by the power of Love and forgiveness in your life. Namaste and Blessed Be.

Love and Light

Kerrie UniFaith

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