“If the only prayer you said your whole life was, ‘Thank you’, that would suffice.”German theologian, Meister Eckhart
Hundreds of years ago in Japan, a Zen master named Sono was known far and wide for her wisdom. Many came to her to find healing for their bodies, minds, and hearts.
But no matter what their pain or affliction, Sono offered one simple remedy — and that was to repeat this mantra every day:
“Thank you for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.”
And as the story goes, those who took her advice to heart found happiness and healing.
Personally, after enduring my fair share of challenges this year, this mantra resonates. From almost losing my right eye to undergoing a dark night of the soul to spending time thinking about death, I can honestly say I am just happy to be alive writing this.
One of my goals for this coming year is not to complain. About. Anything. Literally. And when I do, I want to catch myself and quickly put an end to it.
But more importantly, the greater wisdom behind this mantra is to keep striving to embrace everything that unfolds in life with gratitude, knowing that it is happening exactly as it is supposed to happen and for our complete benefit.
I’m not saying this is easy. And more often than not, we won’t be successful at seeing hardships this way, but life is challenging enough all on its own. It doesn’t need our resistance to aid in the chaos.
Our power to consciously choose how we respond is the only form of control we ever have during this lifetime. When we go inward and accept ourselves and our current situation fully, we can then move forward. And when we do, that becomes the moment we can start consciously creating the reality we desire. And when we do it from a place of wisdom and gratitude, we summon the energy of the Universe to aid in creating the change we want to bring forth in our lives.
Dr. Joe Dispenza often refers to the vibration of gratitude as “the ultimate state of receivership.” Meaning, we can’t create anything worthwhile in our lives through complaining, blaming, and fear.
So it’s been one helluva year. While I experienced some of the scariest moments of my life, as I sit here reflecting on everything that has transpired, all I can think to say is: “Thank you for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.”
The fact that I am writing this and someone else is on the other end reading it? Well, that is a blessing all by itself.
So, thank you, friend. Thank you for reading! Thank you for watching me spill my guts on the floor for the last 365 days.
Have a wonderful, bliss-filled Holiday, and a Happy New Year!
And no matter the challenges you encounter this upcoming year, a mind, body, and heart filled with gratitude will be all you need to carry you along your path with grace and ease.
December is my most unproductive month because I spend much of my time reflecting on the year.
Here are my 10 lessons after re-reading my 2022 journal and reflecting on the year. I hope they can inspire you on your path over the next 12 months.
Keep consciously creating your reality!
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