Understanding The Power of Gratitude
Stephanie came across this timely article from Huffington Post’s, Wake up World, as Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There’s a link at the bottom of this post to get the full article plus a wonderful 2 minute gratitude meditation from Deepak Chopra (who, if you haven’t heard him, has the most amazing, soothing, transportive voice) you can do every morning upon awakening or just before slipping into bed. We also thought it would be a fun to share a small gratitude list and invite everyone to join in. Won’t that be fun!?! Sometimes, I take things for granted in my life and it isn’t until I hear or even receive a suggestion by someone else that i have awareness for the infinite possibilities to add to my own list. So by sharing, we can plant new seeds in our hearts and grow our collective garden of gratitude bigger and Bigger and BIGGER! Please visit our lovely garden when you have a chance…
Always begin with gratitude. This is the wisdom advice that comes to us from many of the world’s indigenous and contemplative teachings. In this spirit, we begin our first blog for The Huffington Post exploring this profoundly transformative spiritual practice, and invite you to join us in taking this powerful awareness and action into your heart and onto your path of deepening spirit in daily life, work, and relationships.
The practice of gratitude antidotes two root sufferings that pervade the human experience. The first can be characterized as a feeling of “insufficiency” — not having enough or not being enough. This fundamental sense of dissatisfaction opens the way to the second kind of suffering — being incessantly busy trying to get more or be more in order to somehow fill this inner feeling of discontentment and lack. Living with an inner attitude of scarcity and poverty-consciousness also makes us prey to being manipulated by external forces that tell us that we will find happiness and satisfaction — finally — if we only acquire or consume this product or that, or once we go to this place or take some other action “out there.” Our preoccupation with seeking inner satisfaction from external sources keeps us on a never-ending merry-go-round of pursuits and distractions, always waiting for and expecting happiness to come to us from the outside. After the temporary pleasure or sense of accomplishment dissipates and wears off — as it always most certainly will — we find ourselves once again pursuing the next “fix.”
The miracle of the practice of gratitude is that it reverses this pattern of looking outwardly for satisfaction, and instantly puts us in touch with all the many gifts and blessings already present in our life. We shift from spinning in perpetual motion on the wheel of seeking happiness from the outside-in to generating happiness from the inside-out. This practice is easy to do and can be done anywhere and any time. The main thing is just to begin to weave this practice more and more often, and more and more regularly, into your life.
For the full article: http://wakeup-world.com/2011/07/08/understanding-the-power-of-gratitude/