Gratitude is a feeling that results from honest appreciation. Appreciation of the life we already have. It is a knowing that we are blessed no matter what the circumstances are in our current life. The surest way to a better life is through gratitude and an appreciation of even the smallest things. I would suggest to pay attention to your thoughts first thing in the morning and to observe what comes to mind.
Are you waking up smiling, ready to enjoy a day at work, ready to stroll through a park, jog at the beach, or meet a friend for lunch? Are you ready to embrace your children and your spouse or significant other? Are you prepared to love and act kindly? Are you excited to see a new day and look forward to new adventures? Are you ready to learn?
Or, are you unhappy and resentful the minute you open your eyes? Are you miserable already, even though you haven’t put on your clothes yet? Do you dread going to work or resent not having a job to go to, spending the day with an elderly family member? Are you still upset over a meaningless argument from the night before? Are you bored and don’t know what to do with yourself today or any day?
Yes, this is what I do every morning: I observe my mood, my thoughts, my overall feeling of health and well-being.
Wake up every morning ‘giving thanks’ and end the day with a ‘grateful heart’
Saying “thank you” to the Universe, the Almighty, God, Higher Consciousness, (or whatever your name for this all-inclusive, good force is) with sincere appreciation puts us instantly into a positive frame of mind. Gratefulness will catapult us to a higher frequency and will trigger loving thoughts naturally.
Even while sleeping, our subconscious is working, digesting and systematizing our day’s experiences and impressions. It will register the mood encountered while dozing off. Going to sleep with a grateful heart will let us rest a lot better than a worried and disturbed mind. When we expect the next day to be even better, and greater, we will be closer to our goal of happiness.
I also suggest that you watch yourself during the day and listen to your inner dialogue. Do you easily get discouraged or angry? Does your temper rise quickly? What triggers your mood to change? No matter your present circumstances, acknowledge and be grateful that you are not a helpless human being, struggling to survive. You, at this point of your unfoldment, know that you can change your situation according to your sense about the situation.
Our true substance is Wisdom, Goodness, and Intelligence. Our true nature is mental in origin. It is our Soul that does the living, not our body. Our body is the visible expression of our Soul. So let us be grateful for the body we have, and treat it with respect and kindness. It is the only body we have here on this plane, and it should be treasured.
What about the unpleasant experiences? Should we be grateful for those?
It’s easy to be thankful for good things, but what about things and situations that “look” bad? Continuously dwelling on the wrong situation, or person, feeds energy into these negative emotions, which in turn energize the wrong thought patterns. It’s a vicious cycle. Stop these feelings when you feel them coming on. Believe it or not, bad experiences are really good. They are a lesson; they are what we need to progress at the time. They are blessings.
Like anything else, it gets easier with practice, and this practicing will keep our focus on what’s right rather than on what’s wrong. A seemingly bad situation is only another opportunity for us to make a change in our lives.
We have a choice: we can either continue to dwell on the past and the thoughts that led up to our mood, or we can say “No, I will not think such wrong thoughts again.” We can acknowledge the situation, feelings, and emotions for what they are, or we can continue to suffer. It is up to you and me to make that choice.
How grateful we should be to be able to switch unpleasant things around. We only have to change our view of the situation. Each experience helps to complete the puzzle of Life. Each challenge that is solved by you and I is necessary to make us whole. Allow your radiant circle of light to illuminate your being!