Another month draws to a close. The last Thursday of August 2015, and it’s time for our Gratitude Circle post.

I’d like to share about a book I read earlier this month – Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy & Healing.

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In the moment that we give thanks, everything changes . . .. . . Our hearts crack open. We are flooded with love. And in that exact instant, we shift to an awareness that is positive, joyous, and brimming.

Sharing uplifting stories that travel from the beginnings of life to the end, Living a Life of Gratitude shows you how to open your heart to a journey of reflection that will help you slow down and appreciate life for what it is. Whether you use it as a source for discovering inspiration or for strength in times of struggle, this book is a guide to finding light and love, even when you least expect it.

The author – Sara Wiseman
Spiritual teacher and intuitive Sara Wiseman is the author of six insightful books on spirituality and intuition (including the new Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy and Healing; Becoming Your Best Self: The Guide to Clarity, Inspiration and Joy; Writing the Divine: How to Use Channeling for Soul Growth & Healing; and Your Psychic Child: How to Raise Intuitive & Spiritually Gifted Kids of All Ages). She hosts the popular radio show Ask Sara, and is a top contributor to DailyOM. She has released four healing music CDs with her band Martyrs of Sound. Visit her online at www.sarawiseman.com.

Here’s an excerpt from the book – a rather strong appeal to live in the moment and be grateful for what we enjoy – now!

Heaven’s ledger

What if everything you might consider as your life’s purpose was nothing? What if all your accomplishments, when you arrived for your reckoning in heaven, nirvana, beyond the veil, wherever you believe you are going … what if these were taken out and examined and found to be nothing—no longer shiny and bright but drab and shabby, as if collected and carted in an old grocery bag.

What if they were looked at—all your pretty things—and then discarded to float away on the breeze, the bright white tail of one particularly favorite accomplishment sent flapping, pale and gentle as a kite rising. Everything taken out and looked at and discarded, until when you reached the bottom of the bag, there was nothing left.

Nothing.

Nothing counted enough to be considered your finest accomplishment. Nothing counted enough to be considered your finest achievement. Your whole illustrious, successful, important, rewarded life, was determined a wash. Nothing counted. You arrived with nothing.

And still they let you in.

There may or may not be a pearly gate to heaven’s door, guarded by St. Peter. There may or may not be a time of reckoning, with points tallied up and sins examined under a celestial microscope. It is your choice to believe in this version of the afterlife or not—for really, what does anyone know?

Few have crossed the line, and returned to tell. And what they do tell: of white tunnels, bright light and angels, doesn’t seem to have cover a ledger in the clouds for naughty or nice.

When you lift off from the idea of right or wrong, good or bad…when you take the punitive moralistic views out of the equation, and focus instead on heart’s opening into compassion, into connection, into love … this becomes the true measure of our lives.

Not what job we had. But how much we cared for others. Not how much money we made. But how much we loved. Not how many trips we took. But how much we enjoyed.

Pretty strong stuff, eh?

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I do believe that there’s a strong connection between love and gratitude, and I hope to explore that more in the months ahead. For now, here’s my list of gratitudes for August 2015.

  • A wonderful celebration of my birthday – my 50th – quiet, meaningful and just the way I like it.
  • A spate of  visits, phone calls, e-mail greetings, Facebook wishes and some lovely gifts.
  • A two-week long back ache that prompted me to have long overdue blood work done. Blessed to find that all the results came out just fine.
  • Thanks to my cousin’s connections we have a good doctor on board too.
  • Great food – and the discovery of some good eating joints.
  • Enjoying my writing here and on Write Tribe and making meaningful connections with a lot of other bloggers. Even though I couldn’t keep up with writing every day, I made some great blogging pals this month.
  • Feeling the lifting of the darkness that was surrounding me for a while and having the courage to acknowledge and talk about it during that time.
  • Having the spa we had a membership with in Mumbai opening a branch in Hyderabad and allowing us to continue our membership. Back to our regular massage routine and enjoying it. Thanks, Four Fountains!
  • The things I often take for granted – mobility, sight, hearing and overall good health.
  • The generosity of a dear aunt – allowing me to pay forward to causes I believe in.
  • The time and the means to reach out to the less fortunate in a small way.
  • A dog who makes us smile every single day! Incidentally, he featured in a SheKnows.com slideshow!
  • As always the love and support of my dear husband, who puts up with my madness and allows me to be myself.

What are you grateful for in August?

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Our Gratitude Circle post is a regular feature on the 4th Thursday of every month.

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