Musings on Gratitude

Posted on November 5, 2012 by


Every single thing we have has been given to us, not necessarily because we deserved it , but  gratuitously and for no known reason.  The definition of gratefulness–  great fullness-as described by Brother David Steindl-Rast is this:  “the full response of the human heart to the gratuitousness of all that is”.  I am sure everyone reading this knows you can list a million things you are grateful for which is good but I want to write about great fullness. (and I’m not talking about a bloated stomach from too much sugar!))

Daphne Ross Kingma writes “In relation to others, gratitude is good manners; in relation to ourselves, it is a habit of the heart and a spiritual discipline.”  Knowing how to give thanks each day allows us to take that well-deserved place at the table of life so to speak

I like the idea that if we lived our lives backwards, in other words, knowing who your authentic self is first followed by doing what you need to do in order to have what you want.  The way we live now is the opposite.  We collect things thinking they will fill the empty space in our hearts, then we do what we think we’re supposed to do-often with misery and often in the end have no idea who we really are.

GT provides a way to discover our true identity by staking out new land in the areas of health and fitness.  The transformation is more than a finely tuned body in size 4 jeans.   The process is powerful enough to hurtle us out of the toxic orbit we’ve been in most of our lives.  The corner markers for our new identity include self respect, accountably, self care and feelings of gratitude (for all that our bodies put up with over the years while still pluggin’ along!)

GT coaches nudge you to go deep into your personal bedrock to discover your inner truths and strengths.  They will guide you through this intense process of self discovery where you will recognize clarity, focus, ease and grace.

Clarity seeing that health and fitness is truly important and worth getting in the game for.

Focus-directing your attention and energies to what calls to your heart (maybe wanting to live to see grandkids, or get off meds or not die prematurely)

Ease-stretching further that you ever realized in order to grasp your dreams

Grace-being grateful daily and feeling the great fullness when you do so.

(And you might be in those size 4’s after all!)

Coach Jayne Ottman, RN