“The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word, Gratitude” – Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich.
“Whoever has (gratitude) will be given more, and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have (gratitude), even what he or she has will be taken from him or her” Gospel of Matthew – The Bible.
“And (remember) when God proclaimed: If you are grateful, I will give you more; but if you are ungrateful verily my punishment is indeed severe” – The Koran
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself” – Tecumseh, Shawnee native American leader.
“If you rejoice in the way things are, the whole world will belong to you” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, and writer.
I could write a whole book about people and sayings that point to the same creational action. You may as well have heard “You reap what you sow”, or “You get what you give”. The whole world was created on this powerful action – Gratitude. Jesus said Thank You before he performed each miracle.
Albert Einstein said: “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure I have received and am still receiving” being grateful for the work of our ancestors in creating and shaping the world in which we live today.
I believe you caught the drift with all these examples. Gratitude is the essence of all that is to be created. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, what circumstances surround you, Gratitude is the hand that pulls you up and lifts you high. Is the ironwork of your achievements and the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything starts with gratitude… and so do we.
Bear in mind that gratitude’s power is conditioned by feeling. Just by saying Thank you to everyone you meet is not going to make miracles – it is a good start though. Prayer without the actual feeling of being grateful is nothing but another memorized poem. You have to feel grateful for whatever you have. Yesterday we looked in our life and discovered a lot of things we have achieved and for which we owe to be grateful for – we can start with that.
What we want to see also, are the things happening now, and be grateful for them as we go throughout our day. We want to become aware and be grateful as things happen, i.e. someone made you a hot beverage, be aware and be grateful, you found a parking spot, be grateful for it, and so on.
If you haven’t practiced gratitude on a conscient level, you wouldn’t be able to pick on these situations as our mind takes everything for granted, so the easiest and best way to do this is through this exercise:
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and relax. Picture in your mind your life in the last 24 hours. Start with the moment you woke up yesterday and run in your mind your day, looking for things that happened to you or given to you by others and live that moment as if it happens now and be grateful for it. Try to recall at least 5 to 10 instances.
To make it even more powerful, in your notebook write down each of the instances in the form: “I am so happy and grateful for…” or whatever form suits you and helps you FEEL grateful. When we write down, we communicate with our subconscious mind. We may make decisions when we think, but most of the time the subconscious mind makes decisions for us, and having a well trained subconscious mind is a well-laid path towards success. When we write, we create the connection bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind, we use the conscious mind to create the words on paper and the subconscious mind absorbs it through the sensorial factors. When I was in school, the best way for me to learn was to write down on and on the one thing I had to learn.
Another way to being grateful is through meditation and if you’ve never done this before here is one of my favorite guided meditations:
Thank you for reading.
Love and Peace!