An Attitude of Gratitude
The Importance of Gratitude
When you are sincerely grateful for the things you currently have in your life, then your mind tends to focus on those things. You will begin to change your mindset to a positive more enthusiastic outlook on what you already have. What you focus on most is what you will see the majority of the time. If you think of all the things that are going or have gone wrong in your life, you usually tend to focus only on what is wrong. When you begin to focus your thoughts and emotions on what you are sincerely thankful for, you place yourself in a position to see more positive circumstances in your life. You place yourself in the position of being able to take advantage of the opportunities that will move you in the direction of what is is you want in life.
The Effect Gratitude plays in awakening your inner mind and powers cannot be underestimated. Applying the principals of Gratitude to your life and experiences assists in overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Gratitude allows the mind to awaken and expand it sphere of influence as Dr John Demartini refers to it.
The first step to implementing an Attitude of Gratitude in your life is to make it your personal mission to find the good and positive in every situation you encounter and experience. No matter what the situation; no matter what your experience, there is a positive lesson that can be gleaned from it. Make it your mission in life to be grateful for every lesson you experience; to be grateful for every encounter and insight that touches you; for every opportunity to help others, and you will find that your gratitude brings more opportunity to you than you could possibly have hoped for.
It is important to not dismiss what you may normally consider and unpleasant experience. All the great disciplines of the world teach that there must be balance in life, in nature, and in experience; but, the Objective of practising Gratitude is to appreciate the good and beneficial in every situation; appreciating the silver lining in the dark cloud, rather than focusing solely on the negative of any given situation. Many lessons are learnt from our darkest moments and some of our most insightful accomplishments arise as a result of the challenges faced throughout life.
Now, it is not expected that you will magically change into a ‘happy person’ over night but being aware of the bigger picture and looking for the good in every situation works towards improving your outlook on things and how you apply yourself and interact with others. By focusing on the good in things you are more easily able to identify opportunities that will assist you in life.
Gratitude and Balance
Finding balance is the key to appreciating yourself, along with all your perceived imperfections, as well as those of the people around you. Nowhere in nature does the concept of perfection or one sidedness exist. Only in the mind of humans does the illusion of perfection and control hold place as an ideal to be aspired to. If everyone was perfect in their own eyes then it would be difficult to learn from your experiences and grow as a person, and it is highly unlikely that perfection in your eyes would constitute perfection for someone else. If this was the case then life would cease to be an adventure and pretty soon, you would begin to consider it dull and boring.
Appreciating life’s lessons, the good, the bad, friends and enemy’s for what they are and what they have taught you, is all part of the journey of life; even when it doesn’t ‘appear’ to be so. Sometimes, it does require hindsight to experience the insight into a negative event in your life. Still, express your gratitude and feel the appreciation for the lesson that was bought to your attention, whenever that may be.
One of the immediate effects of Gratitude is increased clarity of mind. Appreciation and Gratitude provide an individual with a heightened sense of the big picture and place a situation or experience in context with your life experiences and the impact that that may have on others around you.
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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used any of them to say ‘thank you?’
- William A. Ward
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