By Don Miguel Ruiz

Gratitude must begin with the one who created us because we receive the greatest gift from our Creator: life. How can we sincerely show our gratitude to God and say thank you from the bottom of our hearts?

The best way to show our gratitude is to receive the gift, and give our thanks by enjoying the gift, by living our lives fully and completely.

Is Giving Easier than Receiving?

For many of us, it is easy to give, but very difficult to receive. When we master gratitude, we can easily receive without feeling guilty because we know that by receiving, we give pleasure to the one who is giving. For example, if someone cooks a meal for you, the best way to say thank you for the gift is to really enjoy the food.

The one who cooks for you feels pleasure just seeing how much you enjoy it. If you cook a meal for your own children, and you see how much they enjoy your food, you can keep cooking the rest of your life just to feel their pleasure!

The Creator’s Gifts

The same thing is true with life. Our Creator gives us the gift of life, and the way to say, Thank you, God, for life, ” is by enjoying our lives, by living our lives intensely, by being who we really are. Life is passing so quickly. Even if
we live one hundred years, life is too short.

What will we do with our lives? Should we spend our lives feeling sorry for ourselves? Should we spend our lives creating conflict with the people we love by judging them, trying to control them, or telling them how we want them to be? Should we
spend our lives being afraid to be alive, afraid to express what we are in the world?

Best Way to Express Gratitude The way to express our gratitude for life is by being truly alive, not hiding from life in a corner, or watching life pass us by. The biggest fear we have is not the fear of dying, but the fear to be alive, to be ourselves, to say what we feel, to ask for what we want, to say yes when we want to say yes, and no when we want to say no.To express what is in our hearts is to be truly alive.

If we pretend to be what we are not, how can we be truly alive?

Living with Gratitude

To live with gratitude is to enjoy every moment of this precious gift that comes from God. We don ‘t have to say, ³Thank you, God, ” for life; we can show our gratitude to God by living in happiness and love. Gratitude is one of the greatest expressions of love.When we master gratitude, we give our love generously because we know there is no end to our love. Whatever we
give, we give with generosity because our Creator is so generous with us. And we know that we are worthy of receiving all that is good in life because we come from God, and God is all there is.

If God is everywhere and exists within all things, then how can God withhold life’s gifts from God’s own creations?

Making Gratitude a Habit

Today is a wonderful day to be grateful, to express all the gratitude that is in your heart. Why not practice gratitude in every moment until you master gratitude until it becomes a habit? The more you practice gratitude, the more you see how much there is to be grateful for, and your life becomes an ongoing celebration of joy and happiness. When you master gratitude, you
perceive God in everything, and your reaction is love and gratitude for the greatest gift, which is life

.Excerpted from don Miguel Ruiz¹s book, Prayers: A Communion with our Creator
(Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN: 1-878424-52-1) and reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. For more information please visit Prayers spirituality
Prayers: A Communion with our Creator, In The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz touched the lives of millions of people with his four guiding principles for life transformation. In Prayers, he introduces his favorite prayers and meditations. Don Miguel begins each of his lectures and classes with a prayer or guided meditation to inspire and invoke a receptive frame of mind and to reinforce the concepts being introduced. Similarly, readers can use this book as a source of inspiration in times of need or as daily encouragement. The prayers address such topics as wisdom, healing, courage, love, self-love, forgiveness, integrity, freedom, happiness, and truth.don

Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated that Miguel would embrace their centuries-old legacy of healing and teaching, and carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, Miguel chose to attend medical school and become a surgeon.A near-death experience changed his life. He devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom. For more than a decade, he has worked to impart this wisdom to his students through lectures, workshops, and journeys to sacred sites around the world.

Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section. HigginsSelf HelpSelf HelpGratitude By Don Miguel Ruiz Gratitude must begin with the one who created us because we receive the greatest gift from our Creator: life. How can we sincerely show our gratitude to God and say thank you from the bottom of our hearts? The best way to show our gratitude is to receive the gift,...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids