The definition of respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
When we are grateful, we cultivate conditions to open our heart to possibility, and our eyes to good.
To be grateful is to expand our energy, releasing us from a position of defensiveness (one that is guarded with suspicion), to a an open, expansive welcoming, embrace of anyone with whom we might feel in opposition.
In practicing gratefulness, we surrender belligerence and the need to be right. Rather, we decidedly take a stand in awe, and we intentional marvel at the possibility before us.
It is in times when we feel the least grateful, when we catch ourselves complaining, whining, blaming or shaming, that we need most this practice.
Let the practice of gratitude, and open-hearted appreciation be the path home to your sacred, most noble self.
What might you find difficult to give thanks for? How might you start shifting your awareness of the good that can come out it? Please share as it speaks to you. <3