The Kinship of Gratitude
When you make the two one,
when you make the inner as outer
and the outer as inner – then
shall you enter the kingdom.
The goal of all experience is to remove whatever might keep us from being whole. The things we learn through love and pain reduce our walls and bring our inner and outer life together, and all the while the friction of beign alive erodes whatever impediments remain.
But the simplest and deepest way to make who we are at one with the world is through the kinship of gratitude. Nothing brings the worlds of spirit and earth together more quickly.
To be grateful means giving thanks for more than just the things we want, but also for the things that surmount our pride and stubbornness. Sometimes the things I’ve wanted and worked for, if I actually received them, would have crushed me.
Sometimes just giving thanks for the mystery of it all brings everything and everyone closer, the way suction pulls streams of water together. So take a chance and openly give thanks, even if you’re not sure what for, and feel the plentitude of all that is living brush up against your heart.
This week’s Soul Challenge:
*sit quietly and meditate on what keeps you from knowing yourself
*breathe deepl, and lower your walls with an offering of gratitude that is not attached to any one thing
*now inhale with gratitude and exhale what remains in the way
*repeat this several times throughout your day
Chief Travel Partner
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
I love you deeply, for in truth we are old friends.
We are One.