Smile of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted on November 23rd, 2017

Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala

This morning as I woke up and opened my eyes I felt the rays of rising sun touching my face. I got up and looked through the window. Sky was painted with shades of red, pink and yellow. As the colors in the sky slowly changed, the trees, branches and bushes were perfectly still. No cars or people around to be seen. Deep silence and soothing quietness enriched the experience of beautiful sunrise.

Today is the Thanksgiving Day here in the USA. Nobody seems to be awake yet to appreciate the magic of this magnificent sunrise. Yet, whether you see it or not the sun will rise every morning, often bursting with breath taking beauty. Humans and animals, plants and insects, all living beings and all living things are blessed and nurtured by the mysterious energy of the sun every day.

I sat on my bed and crossed my legs. It is time for morning meditation. I closed my eyes and relaxed the body. The clear picture of the colorful sunrise so alive in my mind. The colors of the sky and the warm rays of the sun, peace and the stillness all have touched my heart deeply. I feel awake to the moment.

Positive, peaceful feelings fill my mind. A smile flows from my heart. A smile of gratitude, a smile of thankfulness, a smile of appreciation, a smile for all the people who have crossed the path of my life.  As we celebrate this special Thanksgiving Day I share with you this smile of gratitude, the smile of thankfulness and the smile of appreciation.

I wish that everyday the magic and the beauty of the sunrise will nurture and brighten up your day as you awaken to experience a new day. I wish that you would go to bed everyday with feelings of gratitude and thankfulness for life and experience calm, restful and peaceful sleep.  Happy Thanksgiving.

May you be well, happy and peaceful.

Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala

One Response to “Smile of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.”

  1. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    Venerable Wimala – I am grateful to you for sharing with us your highly meaningful write-up “Smile of Gratitude”.
    Let me please add my thoughts as reaction to your inspiring words.

    With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Experiencing gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation fosters positive feelings, which in turn, contribute to one’s overall sense of well being. There is a definite link between spirituality and gratitude. Spirituality is capable of enhancing a person’s ability to be grateful. Gratitude is viewed as a prized human propensity in all popular religions. It was the Buddha who proclaimed that “A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity”. “ “A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favours he receives from others”. — Daya Hewapathirane

    “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

    “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

    “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Alfred North Whitehead

    “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” John E. Southard

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