Loving in Unity means Loving everyone, everything the same. All are equal in Love. This is the essence of “Love your neighbor as yourself”. If you have not achieved a state where you can Love All equally, that’s ok. For us, for now, it’s a process. Love yourself more each day. Start there. You’ll see how it begins to grow all on its own to loving others.
I seek only to Love in Unity. Love is Pure in Oneness. Let me Love All including myself in Oneness, that I may Know gratitude as the result of Being Whole in Love.
On other days of this Journey, gratitude has been viewed, or described, as a bridge–as a way of opening to more love, as a way of appreciating others, as a way to fertilize Love so that it grows.
But the role of gratitude this day is different from those previous days. Today, gratitude has become a state of being, congruent with the state of Love. It’s no longer a bridge in today’s Guiding Thought. It’s a natural extension of Love Itself.
Here’s one way to look at it. You can think, “I am grateful for my spouse, my family, my job, my car, for good food, for sun in my face, for cleansing rain (or snow!); I am grateful for my lungs that breathe, and for the air, and for all good things in my life”. In this exercise, gratitude is invoked and intentional– you think about what you are grateful for, and why. And when thinking that way, you can feel the love begin to flow; you can feel yourself open. This is how gratitude is a bridge to Love.
But now, think about someone who you love with all your heart, and just feel that love. Take a moment and simply Love that person. You don’t have to think about this Love, it just fills you. Without thinking anything specifically, can you also feel how grateful you are for that person? It’s like gratitude is right there along with the Love, without thinking about it.
This is how gratitude becomes a state of being. As Love expands, from that one person to All, so does gratitude, so does the understanding and experience of Unity and Wholeness. If you practice this, and practice expanding Love (through loving yourself, through gratitude, through acceptance, through forgiveness…there are so many ways to learn to expand Love!), soon it won’t be a stretch to seeing the unity of life, and being grateful for All of Life.