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Gratefulness is the highest state of consciousness you can generate on your own. Peace, Love and Joy are states of Divine Mind and in order to receive them, you have to prepare the soil of your mind to accept them.
When you are truly grateful, you are naturally happy and in that happy state, Peace, Love and Joy simply fall upon you. You use interesting phrases to describe that process – you achieve a “state” of peace, you “fall” in love, you are “filled” with joy. Your senses are infused with a total energy of well-being and from that fully awakened state of consciousness; you can then effectively co-create the greatest desires of your heart.
A regular practice or practices of gratefulness will increase your prosperity, improve your health, harmonize your relationships and deepen your spirituality. You know that your grateful works are working for you when you begin to feel happy. Famed author Louise Hay teaches that you can’t be grateful and unhappy at the same time. And you cannot.
Your grateful thoughts also align you directly with The Law of Attraction. What you most appreciate, genuinely and consistently, you will draw more of into your life experience.
Be grateful for everything!
You don’t have to look very far to find things to be grateful for. Wherever you are right now, look around you and pick out five things which are right within your sight for which you are profoundly grateful.
If you are reading this on line, you are certainly grateful for your computer. It opens up the entire world to you and connects you with many fascinating people, places and things.
If you have a beverage within reach, you can be grateful for the way it tastes and the way it quenches your thirst.
You probably have one or more books near your computer. Surely you are grateful for the knowledge and entertainment they afford you – and not just today, but for as long as you own them.
The comfortable office chair you sit in, the lamp that lights your work area, family pictures or your pretty or amusing screen saver are also other tools that make your life easier and for which you are surely grateful.
By expressing gratefulness for just those few but important things, you will continue to draw into your life experience all of the computers you want to own in the future, the beverages you want to drink, plus comfortable chairs, illuminating writers and light to guide your way in the future. What a simple act it is to express gratefulness and how huge the rewards!
When we are feeling the effects of gratefulness – we are filled with a sense of “great-fullness”. We have so many things to appreciate that we could wonder why we ever allow ourselves to think of anything else.
But if you ask yourself, “Do I live in a perpetual state of gratitude for all the good in my life?” the answer would probably be no.
Most of us do express gratitude some of the time, when we happen to think of it. We also express criticism, judgment, resentment, fear, envy, guilt, blame or shame at least as often if not more often and usually those are unconscious thoughts that we don’t even attempt to control. They are subliminal reactions to the events we encounter, but if we don’t make a conscious effort to change them, like all thoughts at all levels of consciousness they will reproduce in our external reality
It is essential to point your thoughts in the direction of what you want, and never in the direction you don’t want and consciously expressing gratefulness, with a great deal more vigor than you are used to expressing it, is the fastest, easiest and most available tool to help you focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want. There is something to be grateful about in every person and in every situation in your life. Gratefulness is literally food for your Soul.
Gratefulness Practices -
The Gassho Ceremony
Be Grateful All Day Long
Begin carrying three, 3x5 cards with you every day, in an easy-to-reach pocket or purse, along with a pen or pencil.
As you become more and more aware of the many things in your life for which to be grateful throughout each day, write them down. Be certain to include both the ordinary events of your life that go well, as well as the extraordinary. It is the orderly accomplishment of the ordinary that produces the bulk of a happy life’s journey.
Make Waiting-time, Grateful-time
Stuck in traffic? Waiting in the doctor’s office? Waiting for your child’s Little League practice to end? Waiting for a friend or a client in a restaurant? Waiting on hold on the telephone? Waiting for your flight to leave? These are ideal times to spend being grateful for someone or something.
Make a list of the 20 people to whom you are most grateful in your entire lifetime and grasp the difference between being grateful to them and grateful for them.
The importance of this exercise cannot be expressed enough because eliminating all thoughts of indebtedness from your consciousness is extremely freeing. There are, of course, some people, with whom you have a legal contract to do a job or repay a debt that you are also grateful “to” because they filled a need in your life. But for the most part, most of the people who have supported you have used their time, talent and resources to help you lovingly and freely. When you actively express your gratefulness “for” those people, you are truly honoring them and enriching your awareness of how well you have been cared for all of your life.