As I writer of spiritual poetry, I always focus on all the many things in our world that reflect that infinite bounty that is found within us all. And after my search of the beautiful flowers, captivating nature scenes, and sunsets, I can’t help but see the beauty beyond those Divine gifts. Divine gifts, like a first beacon of light to bring us back to our basic nature when our life becomes chaotic and unbalanced. But just as we can so easily become off centered, there is a reflection of this in nature as well. Every time I see a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane reported on the news, I cringe. So many people and environmental/natural development suffering at the hands of nature makes me ask the question, why? And then after some time and reflection I see all the beautiful elements emerging from that suffering. Life renews itself, in the many forms of compassion and kindness. Life rebuilds itself, through interaction and unity. Life transcends tragedy, by returning to its natural state of being, Love.
Seeing all of this unfold in my short life so far, I have most assuredly developed a sense of gratitude. So much of our world is based on accepting and rejecting what we experience. I seek the understanding in the higher purpose and try my best to look through these eyes not as a person, but a witness. As my gratitude for life evolves, I begin to relate my senses to being that moment on top of a building and looking through a coin operated pair of binoculars. Standing on top of a building and looking at the vast interaction of events in the distance, creates an equal expansion within our own being. How breath-taking it is, to view the world from up high. To capture a glimpse of the bigger picture, not as a personal event, but a natural unfolding of life at a larger scale. To experience this type of view just from sitting on my front porch, or at my computer writing a poem and listening to inspiring music can be overwhelming at times.
There is much to be thankful for in this world. The very expression of existence, is a perpetual gratification onto itself. But to internalize that concept as an individual person can become difficult with the seeming complexity of our daily lives. To actually take in the value of each moment and digest it in the notion of a greater purpose is often an expansive undertaking in such a fast paced, multi-tasking world. So what if instead of internalizing a sense of gratitude, we first begin to cultivate an external and more conscious expression of gratitude?
To some people this would probably be a conversation of an idea already utilized. I know many people in my life that, when something nice is done for them, they light up the room with their appreciation. It’s an experience to witness this expression, not as a dramatic production, but a warm smile, a lasting eye contact, a hug, maybe even an exchange of favor or gift as a thank you. To connect with another person in a lasting way, is an immediate raising of consciousness of its own kind. And often times, this is an act that people feel very natural in, and might not even identify with it at this level, because it is a part of their natural being.
For me in particular, this is something new. I feel very rooted in the internalizing of gratitude. As much as I can feel this blessing as a synchronicity in the universe, to not express it with equal proportion at times, is like breathing in, and not breathing out. If you have a moment right now, please try this exercise. In this totally random moment, with normal breathe, breathe out all of your air through your mouth and hold it. Do not let any air come back in. In this practice, you may notice the longer you wait to breathe in, the more you naturally find release in taking the breathe you need. And although there is a peace in breathing in gratitude, there is a twice fold effect of breathing it out.
So maybe breathing out gratitude completely, will create the vacuum needed to allow that blessing to rush within. Just as opening a lid on a sealed jar offers a rush of air into a container, maybe the same concept works on other levels as well. I do notice the exchange returned, when others express their gratitude completely. Its empowering, it opens up a feeling of self-worth. A feeling overwhelmed with a sense of Self Love that wasn’t as pronounced before. Essentially, it often overshadows the original purpose that brought forth that burst of divine connection between two people.
In that moment of receiving such an expression of gratitude, it’s like being on top of a building and feeling internally, the expanse of the world below. It naturally offers a sense of vastness, an instant space overwhelming with an understanding view to the higher purpose of it all. And when someone can empower you like this, it creates a circular flow in our lives. It encourages us to become more giving, and it encourages us to empower others through a more complete expression of gratitude.
~ salvatore vionito
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