"What is gratitude? Why gratitude? How do you awaken to it?
Gratitude is certainly not an attitude alone. For when it limits itself to an attitude, it is shallow and a mere cosmetic. Gratitude is a state of consciousness in which you celebrate life.
Without gratitude, life is meaningless and lonely. You feel poor in the midst of plenty. And for many, gratitude is the easiest way to arrive at love. As you nurture gratitude, you feel a deeper sense of connection with people and life itself.
You awaken to gratitude when you see the interconnection of life. If we can reflect on our life, our learning, our comfort and our joy we can see that every one of these beautiful experiences has been made possible by the efforts and the love of so many people who care for us and also by people whom we will never know and never meet. Without them we are not. No experience in our life is independent of the other. There is not a moment, not a thing that we could say has been created by us alone. And we certainly have not created ourselves. Nor have we risen to greatness because of our efforts alone.
In realizing the interconnection of our existence, gratitude moves beyond our lips, beyond our conditioned minds to a space so deep in our consciousness, that every moment spent in this awareness transforms you.