Dec 012017
 
“Joy to the World”

Major religious festivals like Christmas, Eid-el-Fitr for Muslims, Hanukkah for Jews, Diwali or Krishna Jyanti for Hindus and many others are simply the historically created cultural expressions pointing to a few eternal truths common to many major religious denominations and spiritual paths and seekers not attached to any religion. One of these truths is that there is another reality behind the veil of material appearances. No human words can even start describing that transcendent reality which Paul Tillich many years ago called the ground of being.

Such an assurance that we are not alone and never will be is a source of a permanent, profound joy for all who have had the privilege of touching this grounding Presence (which many mystics have attempted to describe), especially in the extremely challenging times we are going through. Continue reading »

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Nov 152017
 

Reflections for Thanksgiving 2017 by Pierre Pradervand

Pierre Pradervand Thanksgiving reflectionsMore and more, gratitude is being acknowledged as an amazing power for good and healing in many different areas of existence –from medicine and positive psychology to gardening and education.

It is absolutely impossible, I repeat, impossible, to entertain a deep feeling of gratitude and the least trace of negativity. They totally exclude each other just as light annihilates darkness. Have you ever seen a candle of darkness (??!!) extinguish light? But the smallest candle will bring light to the deepest underground cavern.

Such is the power of gratitude to your heart and soul. Continue reading »

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Nov 012017
 

Even atheists blessNote from Pierre: This site has always stressed not only the interdenominational, but also the inter-religious dimension of blessing. Today, for our November blog, we wish to show that even atheists can practice it.

So many of our misunderstandings in life are related to the use of words and, in the history of the Western world, countless people in the Christian religion were put to death, even tortured, because they gave different meanings to words or concepts.

A very dear Irish friend who is just a storehouse of love and practises blessing very generously shared with me what has become one of my very favourite blessing stories. Here it is in her own words. Continue reading »

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Oct 012017
 

Widening the reach of our compassionThere is such a need in the world today of the most tender and immense compassion and deeper, more unselfed caring and giving, and blessing is one simple and efficient way of doing it. It is also an amazing tool for learning instantaneous, unconditional forgiveness, a practice upon which, given our dramatic divisions in the world, our survival as a race literally depends.

Practiced with perseverance and total sincerity, it will enable you to reach that magical inner freedom from resentment the great American mystic of the last century, Joel Goldsmith, described when he wrote that no one could enter his consciousness who needed to be forgiven, because he had already forgiven them seventy times seven. And when I speak of blessing, I mean that spontaneous outflowing of compassion from the heart which surrounds one’s neighbor with the most caring tenderness, and not some liturgical or ecclesiastical practice. Continue reading »

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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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