Action Steps to Gratitude


 Abundance comes into our lives in so many ways. If you decide to take the steps below if can take you to a place of peace, joy and wonder.  

  1. Start a Gratitude Journal and keep it on your bedside table. Write in it every night thanking God for everything good that happened that day. When you see how many things you have to be thankful for, you will begin to open yourself to a wonderful new life.
  2. Live in an attitude of Gratitude. Give thanks all day for everything good that happens. Give thanks, and as night follows day, more blessings will come your way.
  3. Read the chapter on Gratitude in I Had It All the Time by Alan Cohen.
  4. Read Blessings by Julia Cameron.
  5. Now is the time to turn your life over to God, knowing in complete faith that all will be handled perfectly. Surrender your life to God
  6. Repeat the following affirmation many times during the day.

I am thankful for all the good God has showered on me. I am now ready to live my life in joy and gratitude.

An excerpt from my book
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Gail Manishor, RScP



Happy Thanksgiving


 A Meditative Guide

The Grateful Heart


When you look back at your life and think you just can’t go on, think about it another way. Life is a thread in the tapestry of eternity. Every incident that comes along in your life is but a strand in that thread.

When you are stuck in a difficult place, finding the right counselor can be essential to your recovery. Because they are not in your situation, they are able to remain objective and see the truth, which is that God is always in the midst of every condition. If one counselor doesn’t help you, don’t give up on counseling. Find a counselor who does.

Open up your perspective of your life to see the whole of eternity spread out before you. Imagine it. Find a peaceful place – one that inspires you. For you it might be sitting under a giant tree in a garden, being at the mountains or the beach, or somewhere out in God’s beautiful world and think about all there is to be grateful for. Think about what may come along just around the corner that might be something you’ve always longed for. The more thanks you give to God, the more good things will come into your life. Just keep giving thanks. Every time something good happens, even something small, give thanks for it. More good will come your way. It makes no difference to God if you are grateful, but it will change your perspective and your life.

Begin keeping a Gratitude Journal. Every night write down what you are grateful for that day. You will see the blessings you are receiving daily.

Gratitude is another step on your path to a higher consciousness.

I am thankful for all the good God has showered on me. I am now ready to live my life in joy and gratitude.

The above is an excerpt from my book :                                                                                                             

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Gail Manishor, author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Getting Rid of the Bitters

Yesterday a dear friend wrote to me that a friend of hers got a great job that she, herself wanted. She was happy for her friend, but asked “How do I get rid of betting bitter?”

Sometimes life seems unfair. the truth is that no one can take your good from you. The job was her friend’s good. My friend’s good is still there. We may have a glorious dream of what our life is going to be. Then something happens that knocks us for a loop. The dream is shattered. It couldn’t happen, not to us, but it does happen. What did we do wrong? Why do we have to go through this?

Your good comes to you at the right time, in the perfect way and in God’s perfect timing. Sometimes that seems too long for us to wait. We don’t want to wait for what we want. We want it now. We think we need it now. When we learn to trust God and relax into the Peace of Spirit, we learn to let go and allow our life to work for us. We are rewarded in a far greater way than we would have first imagined. God is Infinite Wisdom, indwelling within us, and always available to us.

Take the time now to go within to that place where Spirit always is. Allow the perfect plan to flow through you. Know now that Spirit wants all that is good and perfect for you.

Affirmation: Today I know that God’s perfect timing is at work in my life. I now turn my life over to God, knowing that my success is assured.

Gail Manishor






From Pink to Blue


                                                                                                                                            Pink Jasmine

 Today my Garden Angel arrived with homemade delicacies for Bill and  a quick hug for me. Tragedy had struck and my beautiful fragrant pink jasmine that draped the entry to my Secret Garden made its transition (died)  very suddenly. We wondered what had happened. Finally I sadly cut the dead branches away.My Angel and I discussed the problem. Do we want to plant another pink jasmine or should we try something new?  We decided to move  the Sweet Memory Duranta (which blooms spring to fall, attracts butterflies and hummingbird and has showy lilac-blue flowers. These plants grow from 10-15 feet tall the tag said) from a pot and put it into the ground. She began her work by gently taking the plant from its container. We could see it was struggling to get through the drain-holes in the bottom of the pot. It desperately wanted to be in the ground.  I don’t have a picture of it at this point but will find a picture of what we do have to delight your eyes.

Meanwhile I began weeding and cleaning out the old leaves around the roses.After I had gone into the house my Garden Angel moved all the pots of plants off the patio washed down the patio table and chairs and the patio itself. She is an absolute marvel. But I think all angels are wonderful. Don’t you? I do.



Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Recreate Your Life – 7 Steps to Help You Move On

“Take a look at the people you are spending your time with. Are they always complaining or are they happy and enthusiastic about life? It is often necessary to release old friends who can bring you down, and move ahead in your life with those who will help you grow.”

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life,

Gail Manishor 

Quan Yin


Do you feel stuck? When your life seems to have taken a turn for the worst and it appears as though there is no way but down, there is  something you can do about it.

Today can be the first day of a new life for you.  When all seems lost, you can begin again.

  1. Mentally wipe the blackboard of your life clean. What’s in the past is gone. I know you’ve heard this before, but this time listen. Begin again, right now, today.
  2. Pray. Of course you can pray. But when we are in the midst of difficulty sometimes we forget. Pray with an absolute knowing that Spirit (God) has already answered your prayer. You haven’t looked. You haven’t listened.
  3. You can look and you can listen now.
  4. Read spiritual motivational books. I just began reading Joel Goldsmith’s Conscious Union With God. Each sentence gives you something to ponder and read over. It’s not a quick-read. It’s to be savored and taken into your heart. Goldsmith’s writing is a gift that keeps giving. I reread many of his books over and over.
  5. Spend time in contemplation / meditation.
  6. Journal your thoughts as something comes to you. I just bought a new journal A Journal With the Poetry of RUMI. This journal has the most inspiring artwork by Michael Green.
  7. Go outside and look at the beauty in the world. It is all Spirit expressing. Revel in it. 

If you take the steps I’ve suggested here, your life will change for the better.

Gail Manishor,


If I Were My Mom

I would always listen to my daughter’s sound advice,
If I do, she says everything will turn out nice.

I’d have cataract surgery so I could more clearly see,
then I’d do more than vegetate in front of the TV.

I’d read lots of books,
I’d know what cooks.

I’d wear a hearing aid and I wouldn’t miss much,
I’d pick up the phone and keep in touch.

I’d have a manicure, pedicure and a massage,
and after that I’d sweep out the garage.

I’d use all my money until there’s none left,
and when I’m called to task for it, I’d pretend I’m deaf.

All kidding aside, my mom is great,
at 90 she still wears a perfect size 8.

She took care of my dad until he was 80,
she really is quite a fine lady.

She cooked, canned and baked,
made all of our clothes,
and did it in full makeup, a dress and nylon hose.

To give her full credit, just to show off,
she had a special knack,
she can lie on her back,

put her feet over her head and touch her toes to the floor behind her with ease,
If I were my mom I’d do exactly as I please.

Gail Manishor, March 26, 2004
I’m not a poet as you can tell
but I love my mom and I love her well.
My mom made her transition at 91.
We all miss her.

Dear mother does my garden remind you of yours?

Gail's Garden


Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform your Life