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An Intriguing Gratitude Exercise

I found the following gratitude meditation on a Rudolf Steiner website. It was written by Dennis Klocek, a teacher of “Consciousness Studies” at Rudolf Steiner College who also runs the weather forecasting system at

“When I pump gasoline into my tank, I can imagine that the gasoline that is actually entering my tank is flowing backwards from my gas tank back through the pump nozzle and into the tank in the ground. From there I imagine the gasoine coming out of the tank in the ground into the tanker truck from the refinery. I imagine a fictional driver “Bob” or whoever, and I thank “Bob” for driving the truck to deliver the gas so that I can use it to live my life. It doesn’t matter that the image of “Bob” is an accurate image of some actual person. What matters is that emotionally I am contacting some human who served my life with a deed of sacrifice…


Once I feel that I have thanked “Bob” sufficiently. I continue my exercise at the gas pump by tracking “Bob’s” tanker truck to the refinery where I meet “Shirley” the lady who makes out the invoice that is on “Bob’s” clipboard. I thank “Shirley” for her work and I thank “Bob” for his work and then listen intently as my gesture of thanks towards them flows into silence…

In this way I can contact numerous unrecognized persons who are serving me by working in the fossil fuel industry. Through this exericse of gratitude I can personalize the issues around the use of fossil fuel and find the serving human being at the basis for most things encountered in the daily life. This goes a long way towards dealing with the nameless and pervasive guilt and anxiety that live in the souls of most people today surrounding the loss of personal power to impersonal organizations and exploitive economic systems.”

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posted September 1, 2006 at 12:07 am

This rewind visitation works with everything. EVERYTHING. For starters, it makes my shopping verry interesting. It makes ANYTHING perfectly take its rightful place. Sometimes I must search for something to thank. With me finding it or not, it’s still there.>

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posted September 1, 2006 at 3:51 am

I can never say thank-you enough…that’s the main principle of saying a thank-you. gratitude matters.>

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posted September 1, 2006 at 4:55 am

Similar to the gratitude typical in Buddhist practice before a meal…you look deeply at your food, mindful that your breads, vegetables and/or meat, etc. were made possible by the work of many people, not to mention the earth, sun, rain, etc…and you realize that you, in effect, have the whole world on your plate.>

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posted September 1, 2006 at 7:56 pm

I was introduced to this type of gratitude meditation by a woman who survived wartime imprisonment; she called it a “gratitude string”. But unlike Klocek’s interpretation, it wasn’t meant to personalize the political or react to alienation, exploitation or powerlessness; it was just gratitude, without freight. This alternate take is interesting fuel for thought. Thanks, CM.>

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posted September 10, 2006 at 2:32 am

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