There’s Grace In Gratitude

The Connections of Gratitude …

The word gratitude comes from Grace.  The experience of grace contains an element of surprise, awe, or mystery.   “Grace opens our awareness to the experience of our wholeness, healing and connectedness.”  (B&N, p71)

Blessings and Gratitude are Connected to Grace.

“Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available, when we become openhearted and openminded, and are willing to entertain the possibility that we may not know what we think we know.” ( Adya, p x.)  The irony is that difficult situations and suffering in our lives open our hearts and minds the most.  It is in these moments where our consciousness expands.

Grace reminds us that we are never alone, and that we are connected within the web of life.

Gratefulness brings more aliveness to our living.

Gratefulness makes us more open to surprise in spite of suffering. 

The Circle in Gratitude. The receiver of a gift offers an even greater gift of self in giving thanks.  

A transformation occurs by uniting the giver and receiver.  

The purpose of Gratitude Exercises is to expand our consciousness,

to lead us back to ourselves….

to see ourselves, to see our gifts, to show us why we can love ourselves. 

Ahhh… I feel grace upon me

Happy Thanksgiving –  I am Thankful for You. 


Adyashanti. Falling Into Grace: Insights on the end of suffering. Boulder: Sounds True; 2013.
Burkhardt MA, Nagai-Jacobson MG. Spirituality: Living our connectedness. Australia: Delmar Thomson Learning; 2002.
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