What are Grace and Gratitude?

Bill’s Baker’s Dozen of Thoughts on how to live happily with Grace and Gratitude:

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Grace is the permanent climate of divine kindness; the perennial infusion of Spring-time into the world of bleakness.
John O’Donohue

Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence inside you.
Ramana Maharshi

I do not understand the mystery of grace ~ only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.
Anne Lamott

Every event we experience and every person we meet has been put in our path for a reason. When we awake to this fundamental truth, we begin to understand that a benevolent force of energy is available to guide and direct our lives. I call this energy the unmistakable touch of grace.
Cheryl Richardson.

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.
Yogi Bhajan

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Cicero

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
Rumi

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “Thank You” it will be enough.
Meister Eckhardt

Begin today with thanks for everything that lies ahead.
Unknown

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

Gratitude … turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Charles Kingsley

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in any situation, you will discover that your life is filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul … [If you consciously give thanks every day] you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: The more you are grateful for, the more will be given you.
Rabbi Harold Kusher

Gratitude is an integral part of Grace which is unconditional love … something good, it’s a blessing, it’s a gift…. This amazing drama which has brought this planet to its amazing presence and our species to its presence and all the other species we share the planet with – it all took fifteen billion years [not seven days!] of decision-making on the part of the universe – and it was all grace … unconditional love. None of us had to prove our right to be here for the original fire-ball to come up with the right temperature and the right rate of expansion within one millionth of one millionth of a second for us to here. It is what the mystic Julian of Norwich said in the fifteenth century: ‘We have been loved before the beginning’…. [So] … creation is grace. And we didn’t do it. It was someone else setting the table for us.
Matthew Fox

Gratitude is a powerful spiritual practice. It is both the means and the end. It is the natural state of a loving heart. It is a gift of Grace and a state of Grace. When we realize that everything that happens to us, whatever it may be, is all for the best, then gratitude wells up naturally.
Corinne Allyson

Gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. It is the understanding that many millions of things come together ~ and live together~ in order for us to take even one more breath of air.
James Baraz

Gratitude is more than an emotional mood or an attitude of mind. True gratitude is an experience of the state of grace. Each time my training and spiritual practice have taken me to a deeper level of purification, I have experienced profound gratitude. It just happens. Gratitude arises each time we purify our hearts and enjoy the fullness of the Eternal in our lives.
Swami Muktananda Paramahansa

To the entities that sacrificed of their beings that we might nourish our bodies with their essence, we give thanks. We ask that this food be blessed to our use and us to the service of all other beings.
North American native Grace

To everything that has been – Thanks
To everything that will be – Yes
Dag Hammarskjold’s daily affirmation

gratitude2When you slow down long enough to notice the details around you, you will be awed by the beauty and abundance in the world. This is a good time to express your thankfulness for all that you have and all that you are going to create in your life. Keeping a Gratitude journal is nothing more than writing down a few things each day that you are grateful for, yet this practice holds magical powers….you will begin to look for things throughout your day to write down….once you get going, Gratitude will overflow from your journal because there are so many things to be grateful for. Therein lies the magic of expressing Gratitude in your journal. It connects you to a state of appreciation that spills over into everything you do and experience. It inspires you to view your life through a state of grace…
Stacey Robyn, Go Gratitude Go

Lastly, Gratitude for the gift of laughter from the cartoonists:

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