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The Use and Misuse of Gratitude

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2012

Without being able to bring more and more misusers into users it could be very hard to make the world wonderful.

By Deepak Chopra

Once a self-help term becomes shopworn, it needs to be refreshed. I think this is true of terms like faith, compassion, unconditional love and gratitude. Let me address the last one. How is gratitude a useful expression of spirituality? No one argues that it makes others feel good if you are grateful, but is that useful to their personal growth and yours? Many people find it much easier to give than to receive, for example, which makes it hard for them to feel grateful when they are on the receiving end of a gift, favor, appreciation or love. They look embarrassed and uncomfortable instead.

Until we get to the bottom of why gratitude is so hard, we cannot really understand what gratitude actually is. A few points need to be made.

  1. You are genuinely grateful when your ego gets out of the way.
  2. Real gratitude isn’t passing and temporary.
  3. Gratitude takes openness and the willingness to set your ego aside.
  4. No one is grateful for things they think they deserve. Therefore, gratitude is unearned, like grace.
  5. When it is deeply felt, gratitude applies to everything, not simply to goodies that come your way.

These points focus on gratitude as a state where “I, me and mine” has been set aside. In a grateful state you are vulnerable, as the ego sees it. In reality, this feeling of openness must exist in order to receive grace, love, beauty and inspiration. More than one painter and composer has thanked God formally, knowing that there is a higher source — something beyond the isolated individual — that brings inspiration. There is a spiritual reason for such a sense of receiving from “on high,” and it doesn’t need to involve God or religion. Read the rest of this entry »

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International Women’s Day: Protest And Celebration Around The World (PICTURES)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2012

International Women’s Day has been marked across the globe with political protest as well as celebration and solemn observation.

In Britain, Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham United and Alex Wek, rights campaigner and model, whose family fled South Sudan following the civil war, joined Nick Clegg in opening the London Stock Exchange.

Prime Minister David Cameron met charities and campaigners to discuss how to deal with the problem of stalking. Blogging for the Huffington Post UK, Prime Minister Cameron made a call to arms, writing:

“It is despicable that in the 21st century so many medieval practices and attitudes remain. And it is appalling that time and again, this is shoved under the carpet. People turn a blind eye and a culture of shame and secrecy is perpetuated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Workarounds: Is There Any Value to Positive Thinking?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 4, 2011

There are lots of things behind this.
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Life After 50: What Arianna Huffington Can Teach Us About Women, Power and the Art of Being Fearless

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2011

Yes Arianna gave a lot to the material world, now it is the time to give spiritual world. And for that first she must leave this job and be in the real internal world. Not sure she is ready for that or not. Because happiness starts from there.
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Embracing Your Personal ‘Sputnik Moments’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 5, 2011

Sputnik Moments come like surprises that stir things up and force us to reevaluate how we see ourselves and our version of the world. They can have momentary or lasting impact, but they tend to unbutton our buttoned-down version of reality.

By Dr. Judith Rich, Speaker, trainer, writer, coach, creator of Rx For The Soul:

Had a personal “Sputnik Moment” lately? I’m not talking about the kind that President Obama referred to last week in his State of the Union speech, but let’s use that analogy for a moment as a place from which to launch a more personal inquiry.

President Obama’s reference to our current national “Sputnik Moment” was made in recognition of China’s rise as an economic power and the challenge that poses to America’s economic dominance in the world. Calling it a “Sputnik Moment” was a call for America to mobilize its resources and re-direct our national goals as we did in 1957 after the U.S.S.R. beat us in the race to space. Read the rest of this entry »

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