Gratitude is acknowledging what we are, where we are and the gifts we give and receive from the universe.
Before the heart opens, we must surrender to our current situation, whatever it may be. We must accept that things are exactly the way they are meant to be right now. Everything is perfect, the universe is the greatest teacher and all of our experiences are simply lessons of love, from love itself.
Let us acknowledge what we are, let us see that we are all beings of light and love. We are spiritual beings having a wordly experience, not wordly beings having a spiritual experience. All that exists is sat-cit-ananda, eternal existence, consciousness and bliss. This is our true nature, this is the fragrance of the lotus in the heart. We are not the body, we are not the emotions, we are not the endless thoughts and worries. We are the neutral observer who watches the divine play. We live in the heart, centred, balanced and blissful.
Let us focus on our true nature as a single point of light in the centre of your heart, in the eye of the storm, the calm centre around which all experiences revolve. You can take refuge in this heart at any time, you can come back and sit in your lotus in the heart. It is a safe space where you can be who you truly are.