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“Thanks – Giving” – 5 Best Quotes on Gratitude from the Ancient Philosophers

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“Giving thanks” is the expression of gratitude, and having gratitude has long been acknowledged to be the cornerstone happiness.

When you allow your heart to open to the universe’s flow of love, gratitude comes with that flow. Gratitude for being alive, for just existing, for just being in the flow of the adventure of life.  Gratitude for the Sun that gives us life. Gratitude for the Earth that gives us our home in the universe. Gratitude for the people that you love, and for those who share your journey through life.

Gratitude flows unimpeded from an open heart. When you allow it, it flows as freely as the sunshine, unobstructed by judgments or conditions.

Here’s Five quotes from the masters on “thanks giving”  or gratitude:
1)   Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

—    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC),  More commonly known in the modern day as just “Cicero” was a great Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist.
 2)    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.


— Meister Eckhart (1260-1329) a German theologian, philosopher and mystic.

 

 3)  People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea,
 at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular
motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering… Now, let us
 acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation— that we are here, in these
 particular bodies, at this particular time, in these particular circumstances. 
May we never take for granted the gift of our individuality.


— Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)   He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.
4)  Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
-Aesop (620–564 BC) was a fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables.
5)  A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.
 -Plato (423 BC– 348 BC) was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
6) — Bonus:   “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
-Henri Frédéric Amiel (27 September 1821 – 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.

 

Happy Thanks Giving. We too are grateful for our abundance of friends, food, family, shelter and love.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 6 – The Three Bite Practice

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Pema Chrodron offers today’s Daily Bit of Gladness and beautiful (yet simple) practice to bring in gratitude and compassion:

“You can do this anytime you eat a meal. Before taking the first bite, just pause and think of those men and women of wisdom and mentally offer them your food. In this way, you connect with the virtue of devotion.

Before taking the second bite, pause and offer your food to all those who’ve been kind to you. This nurtures the virtues of gratitude and appreciation.

The third bite is offered to those who are suffering: all the people and animals who are starving, or being tortured or neglected, without comfort or friends. Think, too, of all of us who suffer from aggression, craving, and indifference. This simple gesture awakens the virtue of compassion.

In this way—by relying on our teachers, our benefactors, and those in need—we gather the virtues of devotion, gratitude, and kindness.”
(-From Pema’s book No Time To Lose)

 

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