With the advent of the holiday season upon us, I thought it might be a good opportunity for me to channel my inner-blogger and write about the spirit of giving giving gratitude in particular.
I bet right about now you are probably shaking your head and thinking, oh no! Its going to be one of those typical spiritual everybody hold hands – kumbaya – peace to all people type of narratives.
Am I right? Well it is, in a sense. Well okay, you got me - it is in a big sense! Since it would be absolutely unspeakable, not to mention utterly blasphemous of me to even attempt to pull the wool over your eyes – I won’t! I will do my best to tell it like it is.
This subject actually rooted itself in my mind a few weeks ago when I was in the Chicago Airport , the Denver Airport, err the Washington Dulles Airport and well the list goes on, but I will stick to the busiest Airports for the sake of trying to illustrate my point.
Has anyone had the pleasure of traveling through those airports lately? I won’t say which it is I think is the rudest and most chaotic airport, as that wouldn’t be very spiritual of me (puts hands up to mouth and coughs Chi- cough- go!) But my gosh man! Sometimes you need to put yourself in an altered state of consciousness to be able to deal with it! There are People running into you, people pushing you, people standing in your way, people rolling their suitcase over your foot all this without even so much as an excuse me or sorry about that.
If you based your opinion of humanity solely on the people you come across in those Airports, you might conclude that 98% of the human population is part of what I like to refer to as the it’s all about me – it’s all about my needs generation. Can you imagine these people doing their morning meditations?
(picture a person sitting crossed-legged in meditation position chanting)
Ohm Meeee Ohm Meeee Ohm Me Me Me Meeeee It’s all about Meeeeeee!
Have I lost you already? Have I gone completely off on one of my typical Kathleen tangents? I hope not! In fact, I hope a few of you reading this are feeling my pain.
I share my experiences in the airports because for me, they always seem to be a gentle reminder that in todays society while there are definitely some amazing people out there a lot of us have, unfortunately, become totally disconnected.
The majority of us seem to have somehow lost any type of respect or gratitude whatsoever for not only humanity but all creations Mother Earth. We have become accustomed to taking and not giving back anything in return even being rude to someone is an act of taking. I refer to this process of give and take as exchanging energy there should always be an even and equal exchange of energy.
When someone constantly takes whether it be from people, animals or mother earth without giving back that person is in effect depleting that organism of their energy. To put it a little more bluntly they are sucking the life force out of them!
I decided to write this, well okay, I decided to ramble a bit, because I think that giving gratitude is something that is extremely important and that the world would be a much nicer place if people would just simply give gratitude.
Believe me, I am not under any false illusions or trying to state that by simply giving gratitude we will solve all the problems that we, animals and the earth are currently facing. I am merely saying that through attempting to use gratitude more in our everyday lives, it can help to open doors that will help accelerate the worldwide healing process.
What is giving gratitude you may ask? Giving Gratitude is all very simple. Sometimes it can be as simplistic as just saying thank you to someone yes, just a sincere, heartfelt thank you. Hmm, saying thank you — what a concept!
It can be as easy as holding the door open for someone or giving them eye contact, a smile and saying hello, you know — honoring and acknowledging them as a fellow being.
Here are some other typical scenarios where we might give gratitude:
If someone positively affected change in your life through their kind act, word , or deed give them some gratitude, write them, call them, let them know that they helped you in your path on earth and that you appreciate what they did!
If someone has inspired you in a creative way whether through their music, their poetry, their words, their style, their website whatever the case give them some gratitude, write them, call them, let them know that they inspired you in some way to open your mind or look at things in a different way!
If your Animal Companion has been there for you through thick and thin, or taught you some spiritual lessons maybe even saved you from yourself give them some gratitude, take them out to a special park, make a special meal just for them, buy them a new squeaky toy, tell them they understand believe me!
Last, but definitely not least — give gratitude to Mother Earth by planting a tree, recycling, cutting down on waste, using less water, etc.!
So there you have it Giving Gratitude makes you feel good makes others feel good helps in the world healing process let’s face it in short it’s just a wonderful thing to do!
On that note, I am going to end it here. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and your life is filled with love, peace, healing, enlightenment and maybe a few out of body experiences!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for visiting my blog,
See you next time at the Back of the Blue Bus,