Gratitude. It’s a word that is thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean?
Over the years I have heard the word but only lately have I been learning to put it into practice. You see, I believe being grateful is truly being MINDFUL. It’s taking note of the blessings and watching as the blessings expand.
Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, “Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
Mindfulness teaches us to live in the current moment. The mind wants to race us onto the next moment, or linger somewhere in the past. But in the current moment there is so much bliss, so much joy.
Recognizing the Now
In my life, I have found when I turn myself to gratitude, and return to a humble state of being, I am almost always instantly rewarded by the hand of the Universe and my Angels. Nowadays, I have created a gratitude practice in which I check in with myself and check in with my heart. I call it “recognizing the now.” I ask myself, what I am grateful for in this moment? In my practice, I bring myself in to the right now. Being here instead of there keeps me grateful.
“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” Alan Cohen
Being grateful is a practice, a sacred ritual meant to re-align you with the love within you. It is here to awaken you to the FACT that we are all magnets of love. We are all divine gifts of the universe.
So I ask you to go DEEPER on your practice of gratitude. Ask yourself, “Why am I grateful?” “What is gratitude to me?” And, “What are the blessings in this very moment?”
In love and light,