Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others
The gift of gratitude giving is far more than a meagre thank-you for all you have received. It’s a state of perception, mindfully taking the time to pause and savour everything that surrounds our lives. It can alter our sensitivity with regard to all the occurrences which take place in our lives. It can lead us from shadows of darkness, back to our Devine light, our authentic self if you will.
As human beings, we have been blessed with a conscience and the freedom to make our own choices. Naturally we will stumble and fall and if we resist by not taking ownership of our actions, our darkness will persist. Always polar opposites exist and where there is a breakdown, there is also a breakthrough to be experienced. All you need is the courage embrace yourself, love yourself, and give yourself permission to be you, then face up and get back up again.
The basic path back to grace is wonderfully simple, as many of the best things in life are. The gift of gratitude is a timeless practice which never wanes. It is available to be undertaken without cost, at any present moment, the only moment in time which truly matters. With Thanksgiving and Christmas looming, contemplation on what we have to be thankful for increases. The benefits are immense. It can improve spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social health, such as creating new wholesome relationships, reduce tension and improve sleep and mental strength.
Gratitude can nourish your life every day, gifting you a superb occasion to create space and honour your authentic-self. Like any skill in life worth having, it takes time, dedication and practice.
It’s the way our souls say hello to the outside world just as the flowers bloom to radiant sunshine. A smile takes but a fleeting moment, yet to someone in need (and this includes you) the good which ensue can be immeasurable.
Start small and let it flow
All the little things add up to equal the bigger things. Be silent, be still and centre your thoughts on gratitude and let it flow. Focus on the abundance you have in your life. The food on your plate, the birds singing, stars shining, a mutual smile between strangers, mothers’ everlasting love…
Put it out there
If you announce it, you have stated it and let it be so. The written word is a committed word, whether this is a diary entry, post-it on your fridge, a social media post or announcement to family, friends or colleagues.
Pass it on
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of a candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Commit and stick to it
The moments (and they will come) when you cannot summon the energy to feel gratitude is the very moment you need it the most. Catch yourself, check-in to create the space for grace and gratitude. Challenges are blessings to help us grow in body, mind and spirit.
Our attitude and approach to anything is a reflection on your soul and how you do everything. Do what makes your soul happy even during the most humble of tasks, be it singing, dancing, Yoga (of course) and see if you can change your fortunes of time.
A Pause of Gratitude
Pausing provides the space to step back and focus on the important stuff. In a go-go-go society, it’s a gift to allow ourselves a break to take notice of the blessings we have in our lives.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
– William Arthur Ward
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