Gratitude is Passive Energy

These words of wisdom from Masaru Emoto teach us that gratitude is passive energy, while love tends to be more active energy. While gratitude is one of the cornerstones of our practice, love is the foundation.

We experience love for the Buddha – the one who shows us the way in this life.

We experience love for the Dharma – the path of understanding and of love.

We experience love for the Sangha – the community that lives in mindfulness and awareness.

These loves are our three jewels.

Masaru EmotoWhen we experience the love for the three jewels, we are expressing our gratitude that the Buddha achieved enlightenment and decided to teach. We acknowledge the feelings of gratitude that we have for the monks and nuns who transmitted the Buddha’s enlightenment down to us through the centuries. We recognize that we would not have our practice if it wasn’t for them.

We express our gratitude every time we gather together to meditate and learn the dharma. This is all wonderful.

Love tends to be a more active energy, the act of giving oneself unconditionally. By contrast, gratitude is a more passive energy, a feeling that results from having been given something, knowing that you have been given the gift of life and reaching out to receive it joyously with both hands. What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough…to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible.
– Masaru Emoto

Masaru Emoto acknowledges many other gifts we have received. He, like Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, is teaching us to be thankful for the “wonders of life” – “to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible.” He is saying that the world now needs to recognize and express this gratitude. This may be the only way to save our life here on planet Earth.

How will we express our gratitude for the wonders of nature? Right now, we are destroying nature rather than loving it. What will you do?

Books by Masaru Emoto

The Hidden Messages in Water

Masaru Emoto

In this New York Times bestseller, internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health.

This book has the potential to profoundly… [Read More…]

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