With Thanksgiving taking place in America this week it's been a good opportunity both personally and through my role professionally to reflect on what we are grateful for.
This was an emotional experience at Meditation group this week as it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday living that we forget how very blessed we all are - even with Brexit and another election in the offing!! ;-) Reflecting on our blessings put what is really important to us at the forefront of our minds again and meditating on this provided an opportunity to appreciate what we have.
Why does everyone involved with meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism keep banging on about being grateful??
Because it is the jackpot way to become more compassionate and raise your vibration.
Why do we want to raise our vibration ?
Because according to the law of attraction - a natural law just like the law of gravity or the law of relativity - what we send out we receive.
For example - if we are generally stressed and worried, then we attract more situations to us that are likely to make us stressed and worried. If we are happy and positive, then we are more likely to attract events in to our lives that will enable us to feel happy and positive.
It doesn't matter whether you believe it or whether you are conscious of it, it's working all day and night every day and night. By acknowledging this law and cultivating an attitude of gratitude we can then actively attract the things we want into our life and minimise the impact of negative events in our lives.
How do we cultivate an attitude of gratitude?
A simple way to achieve this is to say "thank you" upon waking and then list something that you are grateful for...the warm bed, a safe house, someone to hold etc. Beginning the day like this sets you up with a positive mindset.
Another way is to keep a gratitude journal. This is a book of some description in which you list or write about the things that you are grateful for. This should ideally be done daily and can take as little as five minutes or can become a meditative practice and take as long as you would like. In listing what we are grateful for, we are focusing our attention on it and by default also determining which areas we might like to see change occur.This then helps us create a plan for creating our future.
A third way is to non-judgementally look at the situations occurring in our lives and instead of thinking "why is this happening to me?" asking "what can I learn from this experience?"
This doesn't prevent unfortunate things from happening to us but it does change the way we view them and can therefore lessen the impact of them. It also gives us the insight to see what action we can take to prevent it happening again and we can be grateful for the opportunity for growth and change that has been presented to us.
Ultimately through practise we can change the neuro-plasticity of our brains to see the positive in situations and therefore respond rather than react to difficulties. This gives us control over the decisions we make and what future events we are likely to attract into our life.
For me, I am grateful for so many things and constantly count my blessings as each day we have is a precious opportunity to live life to the full surrounded by love, friendship, beauty and wonder. (I accidentally typed wine there - Freudian slip perhaps :-) )
If you would like to know more about gratitude, affirmations, the law of attraction and the use of vision boards to change your life, then you may be interested in this event.
If not, just try looking for the positive in a situation or listing what you are grateful for and see how it improves your life.
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