SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What is a pledge that you are prepared to make in thanksgiving for life? How do you relate to the notion of fear being the root of all violence? Can you share a personal story where gratitude made a big difference in your life?
When we place what we want to over come first, in sentence or mind. It holds a place, the first place. Then we place something which needs to overcome the first place, and there is an effort to come to equal, balance with, then overcome the thing we placed first in sentence of mind.
When we simple place gratitude, generosity, creativity, non-violence, and courage in our sentence, or our mind, they fill the space just by themselves. Then we feel them, without another thought to over come. Then they fill, and over flow, and become the thought which is easy to realize just by itself, and as it fills the space of mind and being.
Br David, a very wise and wonderful human. This pledge is thought map for grateful living.
In my appreciation for life I am thankful for learning to surrender to the value of faith without reference to anyone. I need to say this faith feels empty. Because of my beliefs and my identity within my beliefs this faith feels like nothingness. Therefore, to counteract the terror and despair this faith is a leap into the unknown. There is no accomplishment or a particular achievement, as this faith is Divine awareness. This faith is its own value, an unshakable confidence, where its Essence cannot be lost or harmed, even within the void. The IS emerges beyond beliefs and what is learned. Faith centers in Essence, like Divine awareness, and is a still point. This faith falls into being nothing, empty, and paradoxically everything. Faith can do no other, is its own support, and makes everything already here the Supreme Being.
This Thanksgiving I should try to be more thankful for all the good things I have been given in this life and not dwell on the "bad." And I need more Patience - I should try to think about Patience and be Thankful when I am more patient!
My prayer that I say every morning at least is "All that is, animate and inanimate, is one and is sacred, and that includes me. For that I am grateful. And I respect and honor the oneness and sacredness that each of us is." That prayer is an expression of my growth in realization that we are one and sacred, and helps me be mindful of that. That awareness and prayer also help me to overcome my illusion of entitlement, help me to realize that everything is a gift, help me be grateful like I never was years ago, help me lessen my greed and to share at least more generously, help me to care more and be more creative, help me be all the more non-violent in my ways, help me be less fearful and more courageous. My pledge is to continue on this path. As far as fear being the root of violence, I believe that violence arises from a position of feeling powerless in an attempt to gain power, and we are often full of fear when feeling powerless. I know that violence only begets more violence. I've come to often be in a state of gratitude, which seems to generate more compassion and peace for me, so gratitude makes a big difference in my life. Thank you for this reading from Brother David Steindl-Rast -- I appreciate it.[Hide Full Comment]
Pledge for Thanksgiving
I pledge to be Grateful and to share appreciation to all those who have assisted on the journey.
To be giving and caring through sharing my gifts and skill set with others.
To be content knowing I have enough, I am enough. I give enough.
To be vocally thankful.
Gratitude has mad a huge difference in my life; it reminds me of all the ways people and the universe have responded. When you give, you receive. This is not why we give, it is simply the law of nature. (I believe)
Being grateful and saying this to people in your life brings about positive energy in yourself and in others. It feels good to be appreciated. We all want to feel like we matter to someone. So sharing gratitude helps us all to rise up and feel good.
(apologies that my words may be very simple today, but my heart understands.)
HUGS to all of us on this Thanksgiving week. May we truly be grateful and may we express it outwardly.