Self Mastery… Day Twenty Six – Gratitude

4 February, 2011

This is my 28 day Mastery of Self diary. It contains thoughts and lessons from the initial course I took in June 2010 and the re-cap in January 2011. I will start each daily post with some quotes pertinent to the daily topic, then the lesson quotes that stood out for me at each itteration of the course plus some other observations that may be of interest/help. You’ll find my overview of the whole course here and Libby’s site for extra info and sign up here.

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” - French Proverb

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” - Alfred North Whitehead (British Mathematician and Philosopher, 1861-1947)

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” - G. K. Chesterton (Gabonese Critic, Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1874-1936)

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC)

2010 course – True gratitude means giving thanks for all, including when I have not received what I wanted. By remaining in gratitude, no matter what, I maintain my awareness of my connection to my Higher SELF.

2011 recap – Because of my Spiritual Connection I have an open mind that enables me to notice what is truly great about any situation.

I feel immensely grateful to Malcolm for reminding me of a conversation we had earlier in the week. We were discussing non-attachment and how we enjoy the manifest world and have some resistance to giving it up. Intellectually we understood the Plato’s Cave metaphor yet we want both the unreal shadows on the cave wall and the true outside world…

My enlightened friend used a cinema metaphor and described how SELF realisation was like waking up from the dream that is being passively shackled watching the movie of your life. Breaking free from the seat and walking out of the cinema into the vibrant reality beyond.

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Alvaro February 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

It is awesome how having gratitude for the basics that don’t cost anything, ( like air sun nature) leads to noticing that everything else is a bonus. And the flood gates open to your dreams becoming a reality.

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L. Kae February 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Gratitude is an attitude :-) Being truely grateful is a wonderful humbling experience.

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Paul February 5, 2011 at 2:02 am

“My choice of attitude is gratitude, and so I have gratitude for my choice of attitude….the residence of freedom and bliss is found!”

PPO 2-4-11

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Libby February 5, 2011 at 5:42 am

That quote bent my mind a bit, in a good way, Paul. Also, I loved the cinema methaphor. I’m SO grateful for everyone in this class and for Anthony’s blog.

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