Gratitude does not requires words of thanks. Gratitude happens spontaneously when the mind is free of thought –– especially thoughts about what is lacking in one’s life or what is wrong with what is present in one’s life. Loving gratitude is the natural response-quality when one resonates to what is. We see an examples of resonance in the world of sound.
In the world of acoustical physics there is a phenomena called “sympathetic resonance”. This describes a condition whereby one tuned system responds in kind to the vibrations of another system tuned to the same frequency.
For example, imagine you and a friend each are holding an empty bottle of the exact same type. If your friend raises the bottle they’re holding to their ear, and you blow across the mouth of your bottle, your friend’s bottle will “sympathetically resonate” and produce a minute replica of the sound your bottle makes when activated by your breath.
Acoustical physicists explain this phenomena by saying the two systems are in a state of sympathetic resonance. I’ve never found this explanation to be satisfying. I find it far more satisfying to observe the phenomena of sympathetic resonance and feel an expression of Oneness occurring. While the eyes show us there are two separate bottles, the ears reveal a oneness in tone.
How can this rather remarkable transference of energy and response in kind occur? Simply stated, the conditions for the transmission, reception and response to Oneness are present.
Two bottles the same size have the same volume of air inside of them. When activated by the breath, the air molecules in the column of air inside the bottle begin to oscillate at a frequency determined by the size of the column of air. Big bottle = lower note. Small bottle = higher note. Bottles of the same exact size = same note. We could say the bottles are tuned to the same frequency.
This is one of the condition required for sympathetic resonance –– the transmitting source and the receiver are both tuned to the same vibratory frequency.
Another condition required for sympathetic resonance is that the transmitting source (the bottle that you blow air across in this example) and the receiver (your friend’s bottle) are close enough together so that the vibrating air molecules of the transmitter will reach the receiver with enough strength so as to set the second bottle’s column of air to vibrating. If your friend’s bottle was in a another room and you blew across your own bottle, the energy of your bottle would not be sufficient to travel to your friend’s bottle and set it to oscillating and produce a tone.
So your bottle must have sufficient transmission energy and your friends bottle must have sufficient sensitivity in order for the latter to produce a sound.
Let’s summarize the conditions required for sympathetic resonance: Two systems tuned to the same frequency and sufficient transmission energy to reach a receiver. If the systems are not tuned to the same frequency there is no transmission of energy. If the transmitting energy is not sufficient to reach the receiver there is no reception of energy observed, if there is a blockage that impedes energy transfer between transmitter and receiver, no reception of energy will be observed.
But with two same-frequency tuned systems, adequate transmission energy and low blockage interference, the receiving system will respond in kind –– will resonate. So you see how the physical word give us opportunities to recognize the truth of resonance. The truth of response-in-kind.
I see response in kind as a kind of gratitude. If one becomes still and shifts one’s focus from the mental noise of incessant thoughts, one is setting up one of the conditions nessesary for sympathetic resonance to occur –– that of “lack of interference”. Thoughts interfere with, and muddy the stillness channel of transmission.
The is-ness of the world is always transmitting to us, but our normal, active-mind mental state obscures the subtle energies being transmitted. It is not possible to resonate to, to respond in kind, to feel gratitude for, if one’s mental noise obscures the delicate transmissions emanating from the is-ness of the world.
Try an experiment –– let go of thoughts, become still, and bring your focus (tune your mind) to rest on a loved one.
Notice the arising of heart-love and the feeling of Oneness with this person. Shift your focus to some “inanimate” object nearby, perhaps a trashcan on the street. Notice the lessening of heart-love and Oneness. What has changed?
In both examples, you remain thought-free and still, so the transmission channel is clear of thought-noise, no change there. But what is missing is the bi-directional energy flow of two systems tuned to the same frequency –– mutual love. The trash can on the street does not have feelings of love for you. Return your focus to your loved one –– immediate warmth and love is felt.
So gratitude can be experienced as a spontaneous arising of a resonant response to the bounty of the world, the is-ness of the world in which you move –– if you quiet your mind and allow the stillness channel to connect the inner you to the external world.