For Thanksgiving, Tim Miller on gratitude

A good piece to read today, if you haven’t already gotten to it. Tim Miller’s blog post for the week:

The expression of Gratitude is the first step to creating a Spiritual Life.  Webster’s Dictionary defines Gratitude as:  “An appreciative awareness and thankfulness, as for kindness shown or something received.”  Gratitude is the appreciative response to the recognition that we live in a Universe that is both created and sustained through Divine Light and Love, and that we are receptacles for these Divine Gifts as long as we have Faith in and are receptive to Divine Influence.  When we express Gratitude we are expressing our Faith in the inherent Goodness and Perfection of the Universal Intelligence, and by so doing we open ourselves to the certainty of Divine Grace entering our lives.  When we practice Ashtanga Yoga, we always begin with a prayer of thanks to all the Gurus who have come before us to show us the way—“Vande gurunam charanara vinde”.  It is this attitude of Gratitude that allows us to approach the practice with humility and receptivity, and ensures that our practice will be beneficial to both one’s self and others.

Read more at the link, and have a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving (even those who might be reading from places that don’t celebrate it).

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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