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Dr. Heather Dawn Clark
The holidays are drawing near once more. My heart is filled with appreciation and gratitude for all the good that surrounds me — beginning with all of you! Isn't it great of Universal Mind that the more commercialized holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah, come after Thanksgiving! Not that I dislike any of them but my favorite is Thanksgiving. How special it is to have one day set aside to give thanks. Perhaps it is the reason that America is so prosperous because we have a national holiday to practice the gift of gratitude.
Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote: "An attitude of gratitude is most salutary, and bespeaks the realization that we are now in heaven. Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity." Science of Mind, page 497
It is quite true that heaven is not a place to which we may go hereafter, but rather a state of consciousness from we may choose to live at any time. Think about all the things we have to be grateful for — including our radiant health, our friendships, our mental abilities, our financial freedom, and our right work. There are so many other things for which to be grateful — the beauty of our environment, the ability to give and receive love, the ability to feel and distinguish between feelings, to name a few. I also like to give thanks for my spiritual path, my expanded awareness, the guidance of Spirit and the Law of Mind.
How was your year? Did you grow spiritually, either by inspiration or desperation? Are you just a little stronger, wiser, kinder now than a year ago? I trust you are. As 2004 draws to a close, it is natural to reflect upon the year that was. Be kind to yourself in your reflections. Give yourself the gift of gratitude and then make a commitment to your future growth and development. Let that chief grace of human existence be evident in you throughout the season.
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