“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
To break living in expectation, judgement or comparison, to empower your mind, body and soul and to unleash your potential, your purpose and Universal gifts, the liberation process includes gratitude and the practice of gratitude.
Gratitude: defined as the state of being grateful and a feeling of appreciation. But it is more. It is an affirmation of goodness and a recognition of goodness within ourselves and outside of ourselves–in the Universe.
Encouraging and living in a state of authentic thanks raises our vibrations and helps us project light into the world, and what we give the Universe, the Universe gives to us.
For many, we get caught up in the motion of life. We spend time dwelling on the past and thinking about the future; living by others’ rules, harboring self doubt and feeling incomplete because of self-imposed expectations. We forget to appreciate what we already have. We lose sight that we have and hold the answers to what we seek. We neglect to fully embrace that the Universe–of which we are part of and which is in each of us– is the great provider.
Being OK with where you are and who you are at this very given moment, accepting your past and letting go of the pieces not working for you and setting and acting upon your genuine intentions is living in gratitude. Appreciating all the experiences, emotions, ups/downs, etc., that are the fabric of you is living in gratitude. Taking a moment to acknowledge the impact of all who you encounter on your life’s path and that touched you and you them is living in gratitude.
We are not in this earthly place to be recognized or exalted by others. We are in this life to be in its moments, appreciate it for what it is and to give light. Part of really being grateful is living in the present and seeing the gift that is each day and what the Universe offers. We can allow ourselves to see this gift and to make the choice to forego negativity. We can embrace the constant state of change and refresh our current perspective on our current moments. Gratitude helps us to transcend thoughts of not feeling enough and to know that we are enough.
As we enter into the holiday season and a time of year-end reflection, I’ll leave you with a morning prayer from the Dalai Lama:
Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, and I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand by heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, and I am not going to get angry or think badly of others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.