There is something magical and unique about the felt experience of gratitude. I have come to believe that it is as close as we get in our daily lives to an ecstatic connection to the divine. Experiencing the goodness surrounding us viscerally with the practice of feeling gratitude awakens and opens our heart, while simultaneously creating the lightness of joy.
For many years, in fact for most of my life, I had no idea or access to this deeply personal experience of deep gratitude. When I would express gratitude, it was in words only, a formality that was returned after a kindness offered. What I learned when I began to actively study how gratitude works within us is that you have be able to receive to feel grateful.