Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Practice Gratitude


I find daily life to be full of so many situations and people full of negative slants that pull, tug, and drag me down. I work exhaustingly to prevent this from happening. Lately, with the stress in our country, I find this challenge increasingly difficult. It seems everyone is on edge and on the edge of peril. Yes, the negatively they are exhibiting is justified in so many cases, but life and life's circumstances respond in direct relation to one's attitude, believe it or not. If you don't believe it, try to be positive and see how much more wonderfully toward the positive your life will turn. The following is a simple gratitude exercise I work at daily. Blessings and best to you.

Practice, practice to be present in the moment, for that is the only time I can be truly
appreciative of the love and fortune divinely providenced to me. I also give thanks every night after closing my eyes to all that I'm grateful for from the day's events as well as that which I am blessed with each day i.e. my family, my health, the safety of those I love. First thing when I awake, I look at the beauty surrounding me in the simplest forms and fully appreciate them. I find sometimes voicing thanks aloud creates a resonance deeply and fully within me. I also practice in the way of prayer, asking for what I need and then giving thanks as a way of affirmation, knowing what I ask for will be provided.
Banish any negativity from your mind the minute it speaks. Ban negative conversations, television programs, and, yes, ban negative friends--this is imperative. Seek love and upbeat relationships to nurture the positive energy field you are desiring.
Practice, practice, practice and you will create positive energy all around you!

I'd also like to share with you a piece written by Deepak Chopra:


Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul. When you’re in touch with your soul, you eavesdrop on the thoughts of the universe. You feel connected to everything in creation. You embrace the wisdom of uncertainty and you sense yourself as a field of infinite possibilities.
Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When you’re appreciating something, your ego moves out of the way. You can’t have your attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.
Just for a few moments, consider the things you have in your life that you could be grateful for – all the nurturing relationships, the material comforts, your body, and the mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you. Just breathe and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible. Simply feel your body and your aliveness and acknowledge what a miracle it is just to be alive right now. Allow your awareness to appreciate what you are seeing, smelling, and touching just at this moment and you will find yourself in the middle of the stream of life without trying at all.
Feel the love, compassion, and understanding that gratitude brings into your heart. Notice how gratitude brings your attention into the present time, which is the moment in which miracles can unfold. The deeper your appreciation, the more you see with the eyes of the soul and the more your life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.

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