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Lesson 215: Walk in Gratitude

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I do indeed walk in gratitude when I return to these lessons and find God’s love in them. I so love A Course in Miracles. I love these daily lessons. I love these reminders to be present to the goodness that surrounds me and enjoy what is rather than finding life to be deficient. Definite gratitude! From last year’s writing:

Love is the way I walk in Gratitude

Walk in Gratitude

Walk in Gratitude

To walk in gratitude is to be in a state of appreciation, to love what is.  It takes these lessons to bring my attention to the habit of NOT doing that.  It’s shocking to notice, really: the myriad moments when vague displeasure taints my worldview.  I am upset or pissed off or thinking things should be different than they are; thinking I should be different than I am. It’s not super-obvious.  It’s not like people see me and think, “that’s one angry bitch!” No, it’s much more subtle than that.  It’s more a quiet lack of appreciation.  It’s a bad habit.  It’s a thief.  It steals joy.  It robs me of thankfulness.

I must be reminded to walk in gratitude.  I have to step back a moment and allow love to permeate my consciousness.  I know it’s everywhere present.  I know it’s here, and yet….

Sigh.
Today’s lesson:

Lesson 215
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
(195) Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
The Holy Spirit is my only Guide. He walks with me in love.
And I give thanks to Him for showing me the way to go.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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Lately, I’ve been noticing how necessary forgiveness is.  Without it, I perpetuate misery, and while I am not a miserable person by any stretch of the imagination, I do find myself feeling tamped down.  Joy can’t find me when I’m that way.

I turn to the Holy Spirit.  It is my go-to when I notice the absence of “feel good.”  Often in those moments I hear, “God, being Love is also happiness.”  Usually, that’s when ego pipes up, “I don’t want to think about God right now.”

I just keep reminding myself that it feels better to be in gratitude.  It feels better to walk in love.  I have to remember not to believe my thoughts.  I have to remember to return to emptiness, where I purge my mind of preferences and just enjoy the moment.

It’s scandalous how often my preferences disrupt my ability to relish the moment.

Aren’t preferences just ideas of the past?  Aren’t they just dragging the past into the present moment?  Yet, how often have I thought something like, “Oh, this lobster will be scrumptious, I so enjoyed it last time I ate here,” only to find that my expectations ruined my ability to appreciate the meal when it arrived because I was so busy comparing it to my memory of the last time I ordered it?  Talk about twisted!

And make no mistake, nine times out of ten, my recollection of what I had trumps whatever is in front of me, even if the actual meal isn’t worse.  My expectations invariably suck the appreciation right out of me.  I’m busy comparing and contrasting.

It’s not an English essay, for heaven’s sake – it’s life.  Enjoy it!

And so, I return to forgiveness.  Without it, I can’t find my way back.  Without it I am stuck in shame for my deficiencies.

Sigh.  I’m working it.  I’m working on it.  See?  There’s a reason forgiveness is my only function.  (Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.)

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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