I invite you to call up the feeling of gratitude. Allow yourself to remember a time, in this life or another, when you were full of gratitude for something that happened to you. Don’t think about it, just allow your being to bring this into awareness, feel it in your heart and body. Breath it in, let it wrap around you and well up in you till you are overflowing. Let go of any thoughts and follow the feeling. Let specific memories melt into that feeling, appreciation for support you have received from the universe, for the beauty of a flower, a child’s smile, a simple meal.
Find yourself floating in space and begin to notice the points of light, like stars that are other beings who have gratitude for you. Just allow your awareness to open, and notice. How many people have you touched, directly, or indirectly, or just by being you and doing your human homework on planet Earth? See that there are countless stars/beings shining appreciation and gratitude back at you. Open to receive it, feel it in your body and being. Ignore any thoughts that inhibit this. Know how very much you are appreciated.
Like all energies gratitude is something that flows. We can receive it and pass it along. It wells up in us and we send it out. It echoes through the heavens and comes back to us. It is a natural living force, an aspect or flavor of love. Feel it in your heart and it will guide you; when to give and how to receive. Sometimes you will echo it back to someone who has done something for you, other times you will pay it forward, pass it along to others. The giving that flows from being in gratitude has no timing or rules but its own. You will know this if you have gratitude alive in your heart.
Like love, gratitude and actions of service flow from the moment, not a check list. If you live in this energy and from this energy you will accomplish everything you need to without lists or rules. Often the best expression of gratitude is to simply be gratitude and radiate it into the world. Then you are shining as a star in many other’s lives, as they are in yours. When gratitude and love are flowing we are alight with many lights, all the other stars reflected in us as we are in them, weaving a rich tapestry of life energy, echoing and rippling, growing and deepening.
Welcome to 2012. Enter in gratitude.