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Towards a Fruitful Thanksgiving Day

November 18, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Social    Views: 625

Thanksgiving Day is a day of fulfillment. By thanking we fulfill the goals of our life and move on. It is the day to think of the past and link it with the future. Time is the greatest gift given to us by God. Unless we are together with God and thank Him the Thanksgiving Day becomes null and void.

         

Thanksgiving Day is around. American market is flooded with gifts and things of this memorable day. Life blooms into its full beauty only in thanksgiving. Gratitude is the infallible way for happiness. It increases the levels of happiness and satisfaction in life. Being grateful is one of the most powerful ways to increase your well-being. By being grateful one can boost his own physical and mental energies.

Thinking and thanking God, the supreme source of every existence, is the first and foremost criterion of Thanksgiving Day. Without God-consciousness, the Thanksgiving Day has no meaning at all. It is this consciousness that makes life positive and guides us with positive thinking.

Thanksgiving Day and positive thinking

Positive thinking is very essential for a healthy society. Only positive thinking can assure a peaceful life. Without God-consciousness, our thinking cannot be positive. Gratitude is the expression of positive thinking. As Denis Waitley says, “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude,” happiness in life is doubled and tripled when we share it in gratitude with God and others.

God-consciousness is the source of positive thinking and gratitude

1) God-consciousness makes one positive thinking and grateful. Developing a positive attitude to be grateful is very necessary in modern society.

2) Negative influence that we find everywhere, especially in the media, makes the world more chaotic. Newspapers and TV channels thrive on negative energy. This negative energy is radiated in families, workplaces and societies.

3) Negative energy and lack of God-consciousness pave way for corruption, greed, violence, terrorism, prejudice, exploitation and discrimination.

4) Positive thinking and happy living cannot be achieved only through techniques and human skills. True and permanent peace and happiness can be achieved only through God-consciousness.

5) God-consciousness should not be misunderstood as some energy that can be achieved only by mystics and saints who spend in meditation and prayer in some remote areas. It can be achieved by everyone, irrespective of their status, occupation, faith and culture. What is needed is constant communion with God through being conscious of His presence everywhere and thanking God for all we see, get and do. In short, it is loving everyone and thanking for everything.

Thanksgiving Day is not just a holiday for a whole turkey dinner with all the trimmings, desserts and goodies. It is to become conscious of God and thank Him for whatever He has done to us.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted...He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; also that it is God's gift to man that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2, 11-13)




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