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Gratitude is a magical and sacred practice.
  • How Gratitude Changes Everything Gratitude is a sacred practice - a way of knowing and thanking God. It lifts our spirits, changes our perspective and softens our hearts. When we are grateful we are humble; we are awake; we are filled with wonder. Gratitude helps us appreciate what we do have instead of focusing on what we don't have. (Unity flyer)
  • Practice Gratitude: We will regularly reflect on what we're grateful for, because it brings perspective, dissolves negativity, and grounds us in what's most important. (One of three 2015 Avaaz pledges; see here and here, posted 2015, accessed 13 January 2015)
  • Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. (Terry Lynn Taylor)
  • Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die, so, let us all be thankful. (Buddhist Quote)
  • One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. (G. E. Lessing)
  • If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you", that would suffice. (Meister Eckhart)
  • Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • I have tried many methods in my life and have carried out many experiments, but the day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words ‘thank you’, I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand capable of transforming everything. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
  • How to Be Thankful by WikiHow (excerpt accessed 21 September 2013)
  1. Relax
  2. Live in the Moment [be present]
  3. Start with your senses [e.g. smell the roses, savour your food]
  4. Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life
  5. Take a vacation [with the idea that absence makes the heart grow fonder]
  6. Keep a Gratitude Journal [or every night before sleep, think of several things you are grateful for]
  • What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. (Ralph Marston)
  • One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?" (Rachel Carson) 
  • It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all. (Brittany Maynard, posted 2014, accessed 3 November 2014)
  • Be grateful simply for being alive. When you are grateful for life, pure and simple, your life becomes one you can be grateful for. That may strike you as circular or even backward logic, but your attitude really does have an effect on how things work out. When you can't change your life any other way, you can still change your attitude. When you do, your life changes. You find more chances to love, and you will be surprised to see how much more love is returned to you. (Bernie Siegel, MD)
  • 'Thank You' Process to Help Lovemaking (Adapted from Susan Bratton & Dr Patti Taylor emails and webpages here and here) Cultivating a safe feedback loop between you and your lover is a critical communication skill that allows you to keep improving your sexual satisfaction with each other. When you agree not to take any commentary personally, and just accept it for “what is,” without projecting your own fears or shame into it, you can use the information to learn to give each other more pleasure. The best response to any feedback is a simple, “Thank you.” If she can blurt and you can adjust, she can stay in her turn-on and you can take her higher. You adjust by offering/leading two options intended to enhance the fun. You can use Susan's mantra, “There is no failure, only feedback.” This allowed Susan the freedom to speak during sex which blew the doors off her passion with her partner. Read more in-depth about this most helpful lovemaking technique here. A well-trained lover surrenders his or her ego to the goals of more fun, pleasure and turn-on. So:-
  1. Explain to her about how her animal and her mind are separate and not only do you WANT feedback, you won’t take it personally because you know her animal isn’t under her control and she means well. 
  2. Tell her you want her to communicate to you and show her how you’ll just say, “Thank you” so she feels safe. 
  3. Tell her she can just blurt out anything she wants to communicate with no need for manners and that you’ll give her options to consider.
  • Show gratitude every day for the life you have received from God, for this life enables you to discover so many treasures. Give thanks for the happiness you derive from having good health, a family, friends... Think too of all the unpleasant encounters and all the accidents that can happen during the course of a day and which you have avoided. When you get home safe and sound after a car journey, do you think to thank heaven? It can take very little sometimes for an accident to occur on the roads, and there are so many of them! When you say the words ‘thank you’, it is like a source of light, peace and joy springing from your soul. And this source pours into all your cells. Little by little, you feel something in you becoming more alive, stronger and brighter. This is why, when the day comes where you have to face great difficulties, not only will you not collapse, you will still be able to continue to give thanks. Don’t forget: the ability to give thanks during difficult times helps you to overcome them. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
  • Gratitude is the answer Gratitude is the cure for broken or difficult relationships, for lack of health or money, and for unhappiness. Gratitude eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression, and brings happiness, clarity, patience, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind. Gratitude brings solutions to problems, and the opportunities and wherewithal to realise your dreams. Gratitude is behind every success, and it opens the door to new ideas and discoveries... Take gratitude with you wherever you go. Saturate the magic of gratitude into your passions, encounters, actions, and life situations to make all your dreams come true. In the future, if life presents you with a challenging situation that you think you have no control over, and you’re at a loss as to what to do, instead of worry or fear, turn to the magic of gratitude and be grateful for everything else in your life. When you deliberately thank the goodness in your life, the circumstances around the challenging situation will magically change. Say the magic words, thank you. (Rhonda Byrne cited here, posted 19 March 2012)
Thank you for you, for me, for nature, for the sun, for the angels, for God/Goddess.

Thank You!



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