Thanks, No Thanks: The Meaning of Gratitude
The Zen Pagan: Gratitude, Schmatitude
by Tom Swiss
Have people told you to "just be grateful"? Do you get the feeling that gratitude is often tied up with some faulty belief about the way things should be or should feel? You're not alone. In this article, Tom Swiss offers us a candid exploration of his resistance to certain notions of gratitude and, in doing so, provides some insight into what is perhaps a deeper, more spiritual experience of what could be called gratitude. He writes, "If we can put down preconceptions about how things “should” be and look deeply at how they are, at our true relationship with existence, we might find all sorts of positive feelings arising."