An Ode to Gratitude
by Alicia K. Hanlen
Taos Center for Spiritual Living
Infinite Divine Life, great and wondrous Spirit within, I speak from that place of interior wisdom and understanding as I gaze upon this glorious day. I truly marvel at the mere idea of my participation in this experience of life, acknowledging that my union with my higher Self is both precious and unconditional. Just reflecting on that thought for a moment, nothing I can think, say or do can alter the fact of the totality and finality of my Oneness! It is pure bliss just knowing that — always and forever – I can access all of the qualities of the one, eternal Life Force. All of the Love, Joy, Abundance, Health and Peace are mine for the beholding! I drink it in and allow it to settle over me, as I simply rest in the awareness of the magnitude and power of the Oneness. It both calms and excites me at my core. The excitement and the energy come from the knowledge that everything I can dream of is possible – If I rightly set my intention and move forward with the certainty of divine right timing and outcome. And the calmness comes from knowing that Spirit always has my best interest as its core, and my role is to surrender my lesser self to the greater Self, knowing that all is well. I feel guided, guarded and protected at every turn in the day, as I trust more and more in the process. My heart swells with joy, love and gratitude for the richness and opportunities that present themselves to me, giving me precisely what I need when I need it. I sing the praises of this and every day as I declare: “Thank you dear sweet Spirit for my ever-unfolding good”. With sweet release, I place these words into Infinite Law, knowing that it is done here, now, and always. And so it is.