This is a compilation of my entries in the Gratitude Challenge, an invitation to write down every day three things that I am grateful for, and do this for seven days. A great exercise! As I said before, “Gratitude is the key that opens the door to the kingdom of Happiness.”
1 – I am grateful for the friend who has challenged me to write down everyday things I am grateful for.
2 – I am grateful for whoever came up with the idea of initiating this challenge. Thank you for listening to the inspiration and taking action.
3 – I am grateful for social media that connects people, and makes beautiful things like this — people expressing gratitude — possible. I am grateful for the great minds and entrepreneurs who created and continue to develop such a wonderful tool that can be used for the good and betterment of the world. Thank you.
4 – I am grateful for my life, this wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, and develop. Thank you, Forces of the Universe, my Mother and my Father, who brought me here.
5 – I am grateful for being able to meditate, and I am thankful to all the many masters who have taught me how to meditate and keep reminding me to meditate.
6 – I am thankful for my family, my loved ones, the ones I love the most, such great companions on this mysterious journey. Thank you for being in my life, and allowing me to experience love to a degree that I never experienced before.
7- I am thankful for my friends, gifts that God gave me. They are my companions and they support me on the journey of learning and growth. How blessed I am for having them in my life!
8 – I am thankful for those moments when I have no worries, and I experience the peaceful confidence that everything is unfolding exactly as it should, that everything is and will be alright, and that there is nothing to be afraid of.
9 – I am thankful for the Forces of the Universe that move me to take action and do what I can, within my possibilities and according to my talents and skills, to make this world a better place. I feel that I am giving my contribution, and that is a very comforting feeling.
10 – I am grateful for cars and paved roads. They take me to beautiful places. I express my gratitude to all humanity, all of you who invented and manufacture wheels, and rubber tires, and the steel and plastic that we use in cars, and screws, and nuts, and bolts. My thank you goes to those who invented and manufacture cars, and engines, and air conditioned systems, and audio systems, and navigation systems, and comfortable seats, and mirrors. Thank you. Thank you. My thank you goes also to all of those who came up with the idea of roads, and how to share them by driving on one side of the road. Thank you goes to those who came up with the idea of traffic lights, bike lanes, and sidewalks for pedestrians. Thank you goes to those who opened and those who maintain the roads I use. I sincerely thank you. Life would be a lot different without all the gifts you give me. You make me realize that whoever believes that he or she is totally independent, is a big fool. We are completely interdependent. And I am also immensely grateful for realizing this.
11 – I am grateful for the blues and greens. I am grateful for the blue skies, and beautiful green vegetation. I am grateful for Mother Nature. I am grateful for all of those who take care of their gardens, or someone else’s gardens. I express my gratitude to landscapers and gardeners. You make our Garden and Playground more beautiful. Thank you.
12 – I am grateful for the authors who share their wisdom with me, and teach me how to live a better life.
13 – I am grateful for the reflections of light on the surface of the water; they take me to another dimension and remind me that there is more in the Universe than I can capture with my senses. I am grateful for seeing the light of the sun reflecting on the surface of the ocean this morning and for the awareness it brought up.
14 – I am grateful for the transparency of the water and for being able to see the fish that gathered around my legs while I was standing on the ocean floor. I am grateful because they reminded me that we are all One single organism and that the Divine Miracle is everywhere: all around me and in me.
15 – I am grateful for my wife, who stood up in her paddle board and off she went on her paddling adventure, standing on water! She reassured my belief that this is our Playground, and that we are here to enjoy and be playful, not to be somber and struggle. Thank you.
16 – I am grateful for having the means to take care of my health, and for being inspired to exercise, eat a healthy diet, stretch my muscles, and sleep peacefully. I am grateful for those who encourage and support me on this journey of fitness and health, especially my lovely wife.
17 – I am thankful for being able to reflect and put my fears in perspective. Everything is OK and will be OK. Life is unfolding as it should. I am where I am for a reason. There are lessons to be learned and contributions to be given. Everyday I remember the Reiki precept, “Just for today I will not be afraid!” What am I afraid of? I think about those who leave their home islands and risk their lives on tiny boats to come to our shores. They arrive here with nothing, except with the hope that they will have a better life. They come here and survive, because there’s compassion, love, and generosity in all of us. Once and for all: there’s nothing to be afraid of. I am grateful for the message, “Be not afraid.”
18 – I am thankful for friends who are generous and share. I am especially thankful today to our friends who invited us to spend the day at their beach condo. Thank you, dear friends. What goes around comes around. You do good and it comes back to you. Immense good is coming your way.
19 – I am thankful for Reiki, for all the masters that came before me, especially my immediate teachers. I am thankful that I have the time, the possibility, and the commitment to do my self-Reiki everyday. What a gift! Thank you.
20 – I am grateful for my house, my garden, my shower, the water that comes out of the faucet, my appliances, and the food in my refrigerator and pantry. Thank you, all of you, who I don’t personally know. Thank you for making available to me all the things that make my life so much more comfortable. Thank you.
21 – I am thankful for the Epiphany of Oneness that I had this morning as I was doing my self-Reiki on the beach while watching the majestic show that Mother Nature put on for me.
An Epiphany of Oneness
I look around and see miracles. I look around and see Heaven. I look around and see the Garden and the Playground. I look around and see the Divine Presence everywhere, all around me, and in me. I am part of the whole. Actually I am not a part; I am the Whole. I am
I don’t exist isolated. Separation is an illusion. I am not this little, unconnected, and detached being that I thought I was. I am the Whole. I am
Only One exists. I am the Universe. I am the Immense One. I am the Whole. I am holy. I am