Thursday, February 22, 2007

The other secret—gratitude

Rita wrote in on my The Secret entry the other day to remind me that the movie also contained a key spiritual idea:

The message to the movie is so simple. Cultivate gratitude and follow your bliss.

Gratitude is indeed a huge part of the message of the movie. A segment of the film discussed in detail how important it is to be grateful for what we already have. Some of the speakers told of their habit of reviewing their life with gratitude upon waking each morning, or when brushing their teeth.

It's hard to overestimate the power of gratitude. Mary Baker Eddy gives us this well-known equation:

Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.

I think of it as an equation, because the math is irrefutable. If grateful, then availing. Through availing, we become fit for more. It's a never-ending spiral of blessing, an illustration of this metaphor from Science and Health: "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis."

Thanks, Rita, for that reminder—today I'll be more mindful of gratitude.

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At 2/22/2007 06:17:00 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

**The message to the movie is so simple. Cultivate gratitude and follow your bliss.** The order noted there is especially important. If it just said 'follow your bliss,' we'd run the risk of chasing after materialistic, sensual desires, which may seem blissful initially.

But gratitude allows for true bliss, because it helps you focus on how your needs are meet, as well as what the needs actually are. It helps you see that you can already be blissful, rather than chasing after some 'thing' that will eventually make you blissful. It keeps the focus spiritually minded.


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