Gratitude. ‘the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
One word that means a lot to me.
Most of us have heard something of the benefits of being grateful. Most health and wellness advocates talk about keeping a ‘gratitude journal’. Traditions from buddhism to yoga talk much about intentionally being grateful and it is important in many religions.
I’ve learnt that gratitude doesn’t have to be a complex practice. It is a very simple thing, a way that we can choose to be. The more you remember and choose to be grateful, the easier it becomes and your brain can rewire it’s thinking patterns from focusing on the negative to the positive. This can completely transform ones life, bringing joy and grace into ones life.
In every moment there is something to be grateful for. Once we start practicing gratitude for simple things, we can start to be creative in how grateful we feel towards things. We may start choosing to feel grateful for the bed that we get to sleep in, the morning coffee, a hot shower. We can then extend this gratitude to everything even in the more difficult times. For example I might choose to be grateful for having the choice to make healthier choices for myself. Or to be grateful for the support that I have from my family and even the society that I live in whenever I may need it.
Gratitude to me is an incredibly powerful transformative tool. It is well known and accepted by most now that our thoughts create our reality and I believe is there is one thing we can focus on to start creating positive changes it is gratitude. Because we are already blessed in this very moment with an abundance of life and love (especially in our western society where we are lucky enough to not have the fear of being blown up or killed each day). It just takes a bit of practice in changing our perspective to notice all our blessings. Then we can realise that we already have all that we seek. It is then that we give ourselves an opportunity to live a life full of love and appreciation.
I am still learning to extend my feelings of gratitude more and more as all my life my brain seems to have been on an automatic negative thinking style most of the time. Often seeing the negative side of most situations. But you know what I am so grateful for? Gratitude. The ability to feel gratitude. It feels so damn good to realise how wonderful your life is and I hope to feel it in my heart every day.
‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you might look back and realise that they were the big things.’ Robert Brault
‘Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.’ Charles Dickens
‘Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance’ Eckhart Tolle
‘Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity..it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.’ Melody Beattie’