Is a life of abundance available to me right now?
“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seekers life-in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.” -Sri Chinmoy-
It is Thanksgiving Weekend and I found myself asking why a “Focus On Gratitude” really matters.
In the wake of a very destructive 2018 whether it be nature created or man created I found myself focused on why the attitude of gratitude is spoken of so often in times of trouble; and so I asked myself, “Was I grateful in the midst of my turmoil?” I would hope that I could answer in the affirmative, but I am going to be realistic and say, probably not so much.
It is easy to feel sorry for yourself when you suffer great loss, or trial and I would say that the majority of society may even justify that type of response. So, why is it that some people remain a positive force in the midst of change, trial, loss, or tragedy?
I go back to a book I wrote so many years ago, (for myself) Look Up to Move On. It focuses on the cognizant choice that some people are able to make before and during trials of life; They choose to THRIVE, not just survive in life.
“As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” James E Faust
Why is that Gratitude Focused living makes such a difference in ones life. Well, according to Rhonda Byrne it makes us physically capable of more, and better; “Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”
Gratitude is not a technique or a stratagem, but a complex and refined moral disposition. It has poetically been defined as ‘the memory of the heart’ (Jean Massieu) and ‘the moral memory of mankind’ (Georg Simmel).
Even mega stars like Willie Nelson found that when he focused on gratitude that his life made a shift for the better; “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
Now if you’ve just spent some time with family members that you don’t necessarily enjoy being with focus on your friends or co-workers and realize that they are the “family of your choice” not the one you were born into and be grateful that you found one another. (for your sanity and wholeness, right?!)
Psychologytoday.com had a bit to say on this magical topic; “Studies have linked gratitude with increased satisfaction, motivation, and energy; better sleep and health; and reduced stress and sadness. Grateful people are much more engaged with their environment, leading to greater personal growth and self-acceptance, and stronger feelings of purpose, meaning, and specialness.” -Neel Burton, M.D.-
Even the medical journals have noted that there is a physical and emotional muscle that is flexed and flourishes when we are gratitude focused; “Research shows grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner, experiencing more sensitivity and empathy toward others and a decreased desire to seek revenge. And in times of uncertainty or suffering, gratitude can be the thing to get you through to the other side, reminding you that there is good in the world, even when things seem hopeless.” https://www.onemedical.com/blog/author/mkonstantinovsky/
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but parent to all others.” -Marcus Tullius Ceicero-
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” -Lionel Hampton-
May you find yourself in the coming day, week(s) taking a moment to write down and carry with you a list of all you have to be grateful for. Re-visit that list, add to it as 2019 begins and you find yourself focusing more on a daily practice of Living In Gratitude.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley-
Living abundantly is a way of life you can enjoy right now, no matter what your circumstances are.