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?
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.
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,
³Thank 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?
spend our lives being afraid to be alive, afraid to express what we are in
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
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 lifeıs gifts from Godıs own
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 Ruizıs book, Prayers: A Communion with our Creator
(Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN: 1-878424-52-1) and reprinted with permission.
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Prayers: A Communion with our Creator
In The Four Agreements don Miguel Ruiz touched the lives of millions of people with his four guided 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 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.