Sep 012017
 

related by Pierre Pradervand

A Sufi story on consecrationSucceeding in a spiritual quest demands at least four basic qualities: a strong motivation, total sincerity, a lucid and firm intention and, as in most other endeavors in life, great (and sometimes immense) perseverance, as the seeker will almost invariably encounter important trials (which are necessary to test us). Grit will be helpful in such moments!
Excerpt from 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World being published by John Hunt.

Total consecration, an absolute and firm intention which no worldly noises can distract, is indispensable for anyone wishing to attain significant results on the spiritual path. The latter is neither for amateurs nor dilettantes. The same applies to the practice of blessing where, as in all areas of life one of the universe’s fundamental laws is in effect: one reaps what one sows. Continue reading »

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Aug 012017
 

The Practice of BlessingThis month’s guest blog is from a reader of The Gentle Art of Blessing who shares how the practice of blessing helps him on the spiritual path. It is so well said, and also stresses that each one “invents” her or his own way of blessing, i.e., that blessing is a daily, even moment-by-moment creation, that we really felt like sharing Colin’s experience

I have explored many spiritual paths and traditions in recent years: Buddhism, Advaita, and most recently, Joel Goldsmith, whose Infinite Way teachings are such a pure expression of Divine Love. Continue reading »

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Jul 012017
 

A Truly Friendly UniverseIt has been said that Albert Einstein once asked the question: “Is the universe friendly?” Although this quote may well be erroneously attributed to him, the question is possibly the most fundamental one any thinking person can ask.

Personally, not only do I believe we live in a very friendly – even exceptionally loving – universe, I believe this universe is moment by moment conspiring for our good. It is so incredibly restful to become aware of this and literally feel it in our bones.

Somehow, this conviction rests upon what one could call a primeval trust, a deep feeling born not of some logical reasoning but on what I believe are profound experiences from our very earliest childhood days that our surroundings and family were a safe place for us to be in. However; I also believe that someone who has not had such trustful experiences can reach this state of trust by constant work on themselves, be it of a spiritual or psychological nature. Continue reading »

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Jun 012017
 

Our guest blogger for the month of June is Pope Francis, with a powerful message for humanity.  We have reprinted it from the blog on http://gratefulness.org/blog/the-future-you-pope-francis-ted-talk/Why the only future worth building includes everyone

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is the complete transcript (translated into English by Elena Montrasio) of Pope Francis’s recent TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. We offer our warm thanks to the good folks at TED for so generously sharing “Ideas worth spreading.” We found this talk timely and powerful and hope you are as moved and inspired as we are…

Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – “The Future You” –because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a “you.” “The Future You:” the future is made of “yous,” it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions. Continue reading »

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May 012017
 

Why we bless Pierre Pradervand“To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to material eyes” (The Gentle Art of Blessing)

There are many reasons to bless. We bless to help heal society. We bless to get out of the shell or cave of our little egos and open up to the world. We bless as a wonderful way of practicing mindfulness and staying present to the present – anywhere. We bless because it is a highly efficient way of solving relationship problems and personal challenges Blessing isn’t associated with any religious denominations. Continue reading »

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Apr 012017
 

God Is for UsFor this month, we are borrowing one of Fr. Richard Rohr’s daily meditations (from Friday, September 30, 2016) which have a large following among deep thinkers. We have very slightly abbreviated it. Richard Rohr. OFM is a globally recognized ecumenical thinker, teacher and author and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Love is just like prayer; it is not so much an action that we do, but a dialogue that already flows through us. We don’t decide to “be loving”; rather, to love is to allow our deepest and truest nature to show itself. (….) Continue reading »

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Mar 012017
 

GratitudeCould it not be said that the first conscious realization in the area of personal development is the awareness that we create our own reality and even shape our bodies according to our expectations and thoughts – and this to a degree that is beyond imagination? In other words, all we see and hear, all we feel even, is never objective data and only has the reality we attribute to it.

At every moment in our life we have a choice between YES and NO, between complaint and gratitude. I would not hesitate to venture that gratitude is our main tool for remaining positive. It is impossible to feel at the same time authentic gratitude and the slightest little bit of negativity, of complaint.

The realization that we live in A Friendly Universe – to quote the title of the splendid, delightfully illustrated little book by Byron Katie (who is without a doubt) one of the world’s most outstanding figures in the field of personal development) – that awareness helps us to practice grateful living. For the universe desires our good beyond anything we could possibly dare to dream of; it is a universe where the Source is conspiring in every moment to bring us wellbeing, happiness, and to foster our progress towards horizons beyond our imagination. Therefore, how could we not feel deep gratitude for this strong assurance that allows us to rest in the assurance that all things, whatever they be, contribute to our good?

Then, why not adopt my favorite mantra: “Everything is a gift!” All the time, everywhere, 100%! Make it a strong affirmation as you face each situation or event, no matter how terrible it may first appear. Continue reading »

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Feb 012017
 

I’d like to share with you a few small rituals that I practice and that may really enrich your day and place it on solid ground from the get-go. Some can be used when you awake, others are reminders during the day, and additional ones can be practiced at bedtime.

Morning

Before I get up, I practice conscious breathing for 15-20 minutes lying in bed. This is a form of meditation inspired by Swami Prajnandad, one of the teachers of Arnaud Desjardins, a great French spiritual master who passed away a few years ago. The meditation is based on the power of YES, which some have described as THE most powerful word in the human language. As you inhale, you think: “yes to the new” and then on exhaling “Yes to the old which is leaving” (this is a way of welcoming positively EVERYTHING which will happen during the day).

Then, still lying down and totally awake, I say loudly: “What grand and glorious adventure is awaiting me today” and I repeat the Native American saying: “Give thanks for the hidden blessings which are already on their way to you.” Then I get up and, legs apart and arms in V shape, I state firmly and with conviction: “YES, THANK YOU for everything that will happen today.” This affirmation is based on the understanding than we live in an infinitely benevolent universe which desires our good beyond anything that we could possibly imagine. It is very important that these statements be made with utter conviction (and that for some may happen little by little). Continue reading »

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Jan 012017
 

There is a beautiful and very inspiring website, peerservice.org  which regularly sends deeply inspiring (and only inspiring) messages. You can subscribe to their newsletters from which I took the following message.

Gen. Wesley Clark Jr., middle, and other veterans kneel in front of Leonard Crow Dog during a forgiveness ceremony – Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

It is a declaration that was recently made at Standing Rock, the place in North Dakota where Native American tribes and their supporters from the environmental movement won a major victory over an energy company that wanted to lay a pipeline which would have soiled some sacred lands of theirs. It was an unprecedented victory in the history of the Native American Nations and one that all those concerned with justice hope will be permanent. Continue reading »

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Dec 152016
 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do thatA comment from Pierre Pradervand:
“MLK’s powerful words are truer than ever today, in a period where some leaders are attempting to divide rather than unite.
They are still more powerful when we remember, to quote Mary Baker Eddy, that absolutely everything we see, hear, feel is a mode of consciousness and can have no other reality than that which we entertain of it. Consciousness is everything, and MLK was (is) one of the champions of the power of a new consciousness to transform the world, which is why our team feels his words are so appropriate for Christmas and the New Year to come in this period of immense challenges facing us all.”

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. Continue reading »

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