“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie
Gratitude is a real thing. However, it’s a metaphysical thing. Can it be measured with a meter, like electricity or velocity? No, but we can see that it manifests outwardly in all the various environments in our life when we take to the process of bhakti-yoga, the yoga of gratitude. Transformations take place from within.
Gratitude is the natural state of somebody who’s spiritually aligned. It is tangible in the sense that you can feel it. You know when you have it, and you’ll feel a void when you don’t have it. It is not only something that we feel, but it also rearranges the rest of our life. The power of gratitude becomes apparent, and we see its tangibility, in the way that it affects us and the way it affects everything and everyone around us. It’s a force unto itself.
The practice of bringing the mind to gratitude is also a discipline. To live in constant gratitude is the ultimate goal of the bhakti-yoga process–realizing that our lives are actually coming from a higher source, and that everything around us is being offered as a gift.
This excerpt is from Vaisesika’s upcoming book, Your Seven Spiritual Superpowers. Want more wisdom? Join his weekly zoom class here!1