Jeff and Corey explore one of the most powerful and universal practices available to us: the practice of gratitude.
In times of peak stress, peak fear, and peak anxiety, gratitude is more important than ever. Which means that this year, perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, we could use a nice dose of gratitude to help remind ourselves of the incredible goodness, beauty, and truth that we are all surrounded by. This in turn helps us relax our cynicism, loosen our negative fixations, and make our “skin-encapsulated egos” just a little bit more permeable.
There is, after all, so much to be grateful for.
- Gratitude for our health and sustenance.
- Gratitude for our family, friends, and loved ones.
- Gratitude for all of our blessings, and all of our blemishes too.
- Gratitude for a world that continues its evolutionary struggle to wake up, grow up, and clean up.
- Gratitude for the radical abundance that we are nourished and sustained and supported by.
- Gratitude for the continued unfolding of existence, moment to moment.
Not only do we express our gratefulness for abundance, but as we offer our devout appreciation for our blessings, we can also feel a sense of “great fullness” as abundance. That is, in the act of offering gratitude, we actually expand our identity until we become the source of all abundance itself, feeling the infinite love pouring through our hearts like warm syrup, an inexhaustible sweetness that floods the galaxies swirling behind our eyelids.
Every moment is an opportunity to express the deepest gratitude for the abundance in our lives, allowing the love we feel between us and the rest of the universe to fill our hearts until we feel ourselves overflowing with warmth and limitless light, spilling into the rest of the world.
About Jeff Salzman
Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for several years in building the Integral Institute. He is a co-founder of Boulder Integral, the first bricks-and-mortar venue dedicated to the development of integral consciousness. These days Jeff provides integrally-inspired commentary on politics and culture on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.