The quote tonight is from a Google Search that I did for “gratitude quotes.” The one quote that spoke to me the most was from Deepak Chopra. Dr. Chopra is an internal medicine physician and an endocrinologist. According to his website, The Chopra Center,
“Deepak Chopra has successfully blended ancient Vedanta Philosophy with his unique perspective on modern medicine to provide a vast audience with solutions that meet many needs for our modern age. He is among the influential scholars, authors, and thinkers like Arthur Schopenhauer, Carl Jung, and Aldous Huxley who have found truth in the Perennial Philosophy and developed ways to help people apply that truth to their daily lives.”
I break this quote into two natural parts. The first sentence and the second one. The first sentence states, “Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe.” To begin with Chopra speaks in present tense, the “now” and says that gratitude has the power to open the door. Of course, he isn’t speaking of a literal door but a spiritual/emotional door.
I believe when Chopra speaks of “universe,” he is speaking about my “inner soul” or “inner voice” that speaks for my inner soul. On my other blog, Susan’s Blog: The Inner Soul, I speak about your inner soul and inner voice a lot. This is a spiritual soul, not a religious one. Although, I am a Christian, I believe you do not need to be Christian to recognize and get in touch with your inner soul. When Chopra speaks of the door, he speaks about how gratitude can open the door to my inner self, inner soul. And he says by opening the door, gratitude can give power, wisdom, and creativity to me (my inner soul).
So, what is so magical and mysterious about gratitude? Well, gratitude changes my perspective from “I want…” to “I have enough and thank you for…” It is the old analogy of the cup being half empty or half full. It is all in the perspective. So, do I view life through a clouded lens of wants and desires and never having enough, feeling like a victim? Or do I see clearly through my lens that I have enough and am thankful for all that I do have in my life?
Even problems, like I had with childhood sexual abuse can be viewed from a perspective of what I was given as gifts to cope…my imagination, my dissociation, my creativity, my blocked memories until adulthood when I could learn how to cope differently.
The second sentence of the quote is, “You open the door through gratitude.” On first glance, it appears like Dr. Chopra is just repeating the first sentence. But is he really? The first sentence says that gratitude opens the door. Gratitude actively opens the door like it has all the power. The second sentence says that you open the door through gratitude meaning that you have the power or control to use gratitude as a tool to open the door. That is a big difference for us “control freaks” because we don’t like to surrender to someone or something else unless forced to do so. Therefore, the power is returned to me and free for me to use to open the door to my inner soul or self. And, by opening that door through the use of gratitude as my tool, I can gain more power, wisdom, and creativity.
Who among us says, “No thanks. I have enough power, too much wisdom, and I’m creative enough…thank you very much (with sarcasm).” I don’t know about you but I need all of the power, wisdom, and creativity that I can get, especially since I am writing for four blogs. The answer, for me, is to use this tool, freely given by my “higher power” as Al-anon says. I use it daily, hourly, and some days minute by minute.
That is my viewpoint on what Deepak Chopra meant by his quote above.
I downloaded a 4-minute video from YouTube, a song sung by Nichole Nordeman, Christian singer, entitled “Gratitude” so listen and then I will give you my gratitude list for tonight.
Now, for my gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for tonight:
- My ability to interpret and infer meaning from words on a page…sorry but I need to reuse this one because it is a given for me to use daily.
- My ability to choose gratitude as a tool to open the door to my inner soul.
- The fact that God (my Higher Power) gives me power, wisdom, and creativity when I choose to open the door to myself.
- My belief in a Higher Power whom I call God who is more powerful than me when I need to let go of my control over circumstances.
- Music…any genre except Rap. Music really does soothe the soul.
I hope you enjoyed tonight’s writing about Deepak Chopra’s quote and my gratitude list. Off to bed for me now since it is 1:47 am in Nashville.