We really are a country of excess. This doesn’t mean I am not extremely thankful for having what I have (need, not greed), I have, however found myself overdoing it a bit in the food department lately (holiday parties and the like). Therefore, I am starting to see an increased need to bring more types of spiritual practices such as meditation, into my life-especially gratitude. I believe that gratitude is the beginning of all love. And although this thought is not original, it is still incredibly powerful and thought provoking.to me.