Do you feel gratitude in your life, in your day? Do you wake up feeling grateful to be alive?
Gratitude is a tricky thing. We learn that something has to be in place in order to be grateful. From my own experience, I have to say that this is not so. Being grateful is a choice I can make every moment. There is nothing that has to be in place. What if it is an attitude we cultivate?
What comes up for you when you hear about waking up with gratitude; listening to the birds who are greeting the day with their songs. I mean not just hearing them, being fully present with them and perceiving their joy of being alive. Wouldn’t that generate a sense of appreciation in yourself? How would the flow of the day change when this gratitude is in place in the morning? Would there be more ease, less stress?
Now, I do not wake up with gratitude every morning. When I do not, I often have an incredible moment of thankfulness during the day. It brings such a sense of expansion and my heart is so full. How often do we show gratitude out of obligation; be it someone expects it; be it that we are following the fact that we are supposed to be it. Those do not create that expansion one can experience when gratitude arises because one is being willing to be grateful for everything that is going on in one’s life.
Gratitude has another, big benefit. Judgment can not be present in the same space where gratitude is. They are mutually exclusive. If I look at how much we are entrained to judge ourselves, then this becomes for me something I am grateful for. And if someone judges me, I still can be grateful for them and not have to go into judging them in return which is the usual response.
Gratitude gives me a different space of being. Being grateful for ‘ordinary’ things changes the mood of the day. It is not necessary to have ‘special’ things in order to experience appreciation. (listen to this audio clip by Dr. Dain Heer) Gratitude opens us up to receiving which is necessary if you would like to have for instance more money (read about it in this blog by Gary Douglas)
Being willing to receive leads to experiencing gratitude. Here is an exercise: keep a gratitude journal. Every day write down three things you are grateful for on this day. This could change your whole life.