The Power of Gratitude
Being grateful for everything in our lives is a powerful and empowering place to be. It allows us to feel good about everything in our lives. It is easy to feel good and be grateful for all the good things in life however how many of us, myself included respond from a place of gratitude when bad things happen to us?
Maybe when bad things happen to us they are for our good and help us to become stronger and to have more faith in life and in our selves. I remember a few years ago I was driving a 13-year-old car and I had it parked outside my house. Unfortunately somebody drove into it while I was asleep in bed during the night. When I came out and saw the damage done to the car the following morning, I choose to be grateful and thankful for my car being a right off. With in a very short period of time afterwards I received a much more modern and newer car.
When we choose to respond with gratitude in our lives, we are bringing the power to feel good in any situation to ourselves. We are in effect saying that no matter what happens to us out there at an external level, that we can still choose to be peaceful and happy. Give praise and thanks for all the many blessings you have in your life. A lot of the time when something so called “bad” happens to us, it could be and can be the greatest blessing in our lives, even though it may not seem like that at the time. Everything that happens to us, happens for a reason and is an opportunity for us to create something different. For example if you lost you job in the morning, you may respond with anger, ungratefulness, sadness etc. However it could be the greatest blessing as it could be teaching you to not be so reliant on some employer for your main source of income and to have more faith and belief in yourself and your abilities.
Having gratitude in every moment empowers us to have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and way of being.
Be grateful for everything in your life.
Be grateful for when you are alone.
Be grateful when you don’t know what the next step is.
Be grateful for waking up alive another day on this earth.
Be grateful that you have friends and family and if you don’t, be grateful that the possibility exists to really enjoy and love your own company.
Be grateful for a roof over your head because they are many people in the world who don’t.
Be grateful for being able to breathe because they are people in hospital who not able to properly.
Be grateful that you are able to walk, talk, see, hear because they are many in the world that are not able to.
We all have many things to be grateful for in our lives, however at times we choose to not see the many blessings we have. If your primary purpose is to be happy, peaceful, joyful and loving, then being grateful is a sure way to get you there. If you believe in God, thank him for the existence of your life.
When you are in relationship to a lover, a friend, a family member, a work colleague, appreciate all the amazing things about that person. Look for the good and the beauty in that person. A lot of the time, relationships break down because we stop appreciating them. Initially when we meet somebody especially a boyfriend or girlfriend, we are in that place for the first few months of really appreciating and loving them for who they are. In my experience, the dynamics of the relationship can change, which can sometimes lead to fights and disagreements because we have stopped appreciating them.
The interesting thing is that the more we give thanks and praise for the things and people in our lives, the more we receive. When we are in a place of ingratitude and complaining, we are blocking the flow of abundance from happening, when we are complaining in our minds or verbally, we are essentially not showing gratitude and giving attention to what we do not want. The more we complain about something or some person, the more they show up in our lives.
If there is a person who you find it hard to be grateful for in your life, a way to turn it around and feel good is to BLAST them. The BLAST technique is saying I bless you, I love you, I appreciate you, I am sorry and I thank you, several times when you think of that person. I have used this technique on several occasions and I have found that my perception and feeling of that person has changed to a more positive one. Ultimately we are doing it for ourselves and to help us be a more loving, peaceful and happy person.