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Upbeat Spiritual Living: Gratitude, Happiness, Peace

August 30, 2014

© 2014  Rev. Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

happiness, gratitude, peace, stress, upbeatRecently, I woke up silently chanting endlessly: “thank you, thank you!” I had had a perfect day, the day before, with meaningful paying work, good food, satisfying writing and editing, a client meeting, and a professional meeting full of loving colleagues and friends. After the meeting, I drove home in my beloved PT Cruiser with the great AC (it being 108 outside) and spent the evening with my amazing, delightful husband. I was, and am, so grateful! It would be hard for life to be sweeter. My consciousness was so permeated with my gratitude, that my brain was chanting it when I woke up that morning. Actually, this happens often.

 

In daily life we must see, that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

 

Let’s consider: what if everyone on the Planet were this grateful and happy for the Good of life? Would we not all be quicker with appreciation and slower to anger (Prov 14:29)? Thinking big, if everyone lived in gratitude to the Divine, wouldn’t that move us into more peace among peoples and nations?

 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~ Melody Beattie

Do you dream of world peace? A basic practice of peacemaking is to BE the peace we want to see. Then our inner peace multiplies all around us into a force of and for peacefulness. One of the negative human traits that generates the most conflicted thinking and conflicted interacting is resentment. And the most effective antidote for resentment is gratitude. When we are unhappy or frustrated with someone else’s choices, we feel resentment. And resentment can turn into anger, conflict, and violence. Resentment is the basis of racism and of religious hatred.

But if we focus on how grateful we are for our good and for the good of others, we cannot simultaneously be in resentment. Focusing on the good, and our gratitude to God for every positive thing and every positive happening, is the basis for joy. And joyful people emanate peacefulness. They BE the peace they want to see. Would you like to be one of them? Then practice noticing everything you are glad about, and give thanks to God. Then watch your life change.

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Stress, stress management, energy, vitality● Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition (http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc).  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.

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