gratitude

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When you are grateful, when you can see what you have, you unlock blessings to flow in your life.

 
The essence of gratitude.  What is that?
 
I’ve been in Indonesia for over 1 year now and  am finally beginning to understand the gravity of gratitude.
 
What are you grateful for?  What moves you?
 
I admit. I have been meditating every day for almost 1 year now and I am learning to express gratitude. 
 
Feeling and understanding gratitude.
 
I yearn to pay it forward. But yearning only breeds suffering.
 
All good things come to those who wait.
 
Time.
 
But time is an illusion.
 
I have decided that I would like all of my students to begin creating and writing in their very own “Gratitude Journals”.  Writing in their journals 2 or 3 things per week that they are grateful for.  But before I let my students begin this assignment, I believe it’s only right for me to write about a few of the things that I am grateful for first:
 
Dear Mom,
I’m grateful for you.
You have always been a grounding person in my life. I pray for the day I am blessed to give back to you.
 
Dear Dad,
I’m grateful for you.
You love me unconditionally. I pray for the day I am blessed to give back to you.
 
I am grateful for my health, I am grateful for my job, I am grateful for my loving friends and family. How fortunate I am.
 
I haven’t always felt fortunate.
 
But, please find solace in the realization that with the expression of gratitude, the self-pittying and self-loathing you may feel begins to fade away and becomes replaced by a more optimistic outlook, appreciation and compassion for yourself and for others.
 
Thank you for reading.
I am grateful for you.
~Love Leslie