A Grateful Heart – A Himalayan revelation
During a journey to the Himalayas I discovered the incredible power in the practice of gratitude when I was struggling to meditate, and wrestling with the ‘monkey mind’. Instead of continuing this war against the mind I started to feel deep gratitude for it, and everything it brought to my life. It would let me know when a river was too deep, or a road to busy to cross. It served me in so many incredible ways. I bowed to it in reverence and immense gratitude.
Immediately I was transported into another state of consciousness, centered in the buddhi, or higher mind. A stream of golden light was radiating from the forehead, and all of nature, the river, trees and mountains, revealed the shining intelligence that is their true essence. The everyday mind was seated behind. Gratitude had allowed the mind to reveal its true nature and moved me to a higher state of perception. It freed me from the blocks that were preventing me from feeling truly authentic, connected and happy in that moment.
As part of our yoga practice it is important to regularly drop in and allow deep gratitude to arise in our hearts and radiate out into the world. It doesn’t matter how difficult or annoying someone has been. Start to experience gratefulness. For our friends and family, our teachers, our country, for being on the yoga path, for a body, for our obstacles... and so much more.
Gratitude isn’t just an essential ingredient for happiness, but leads to a direct experience of being connected to life.
As I discovered in that meditation, gratitude isn’t just an essential ingredient for happiness, as has been found in numerous studies, but leads to a direct experience of being connected to life. We gain the realization that there is a larger context in which our personal struggles are unfolding.
A grateful and reverential heart connects us to a deep experience of the Divine and we can dissolve into the experience of the mystery, the Great Beloved, the Great Ocean of Love that birthed us and everything else in the universe.
We can realise the insignificance of our own stories, and the preciousness of everyone.
How can we live our lives without acknowledging this grace which flows through our lives. This Great Beloved Mother, something bigger and beyond our everyday lives, that is constantly loving and supporting us. We can realise the insignificance of our own stories, and the preciousness of everyone. In this love we cannot hold any grudges or blame. There cannot be any victim left. There cannot be anything missing. We can claim our own divinity back, and experience the fullness of the power, wisdom and creativity of the universe, within our own selves.
Written by Savitri (Jenny Gottingham)
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