Most definitions of gratitude or gratefulness seem like last years faded thanksgiving memories. They associate it with a sort of reverent thankfulness and miss the deeper meaning, power and excitement of what gratitude really means and what it can do to bring you mountains of happiness and joy.
Gratitude is love. Attitude is a way of being. The attitude of gratitude is a way of living that comes from a place of limitless love for yourself and for others.
This makes everyday living a very happy thing as we attract more good to ourselves and others. Many people refer to this as the Law of Attraction. Gratitude shores us up when difficult life events hit us personally. It is also a powerful tool to bring bliss in the good times.
5 New Ideas About the Attitude of Gratitude
It becomes a way of living, day in, day out. It is not a magic lamp that is pulled out in times of need, rubbed, then put back away again to be used later. You have to be genuine. The great news is that people who practice living this way live happier lives filled with abundance.
1. Right Here, Right Now
Forget multi-tasking. Be in this moment. Be fully present. Do one thing at a time. Be okay with not doing anything. Thinking is highly over-rated. Most people are so busy thinking about what is or is not happening, or how much more they have to do, that they don’t look around and notice what’s happening right now. But there is no past, no future moment. There is only this moment. Right here, right now. We are either happy and embrace this moment or we are unhappy and wanting for this moment to pass so the next moment will arrive.
2. Honor Your Life
Stop comparing your life to everyone else’s. There is only one you and therefore any “standard” of comparison is irrelevant, arbitrary and completely unscientific. The only comparison that makes sense is are we doing better than we did yesterday? The only person we can change is ourselves. By changing ourselves, we become a better person. Silently, we lead by example. When asked for advice, we don’t offer it. Instead, we share our experience. Anyone can argue with an opinion, but no one can argue with what your personal experience has been. Besides, sharing your experience is sharing wisdom. You are not telling them they must do what you have done, but allowing them to draw their own conclusions. If they are wise, they will see to get what you have, they must do what you’ve done. Whatever the mind focuses on, magnifies. With the attitude of gratitude as our framework, it’s easy to keep our focus on our own improvement.
Using the Attitude of Gratitude / To Do List to list the 5 things you’re grateful for each day helps to keep you in this place of humility in action. Writing out your to do list in the 3 major areas of your life, God/Spirit, Work/School, Home, you’ll quickly be able to see what things you already know you can handle on your own and those things you have know idea about. This is where without the list we lose our connection with the Now. By writing them down, we can “set it and forget it”, by turning them over to our Higher Power, God, or the Universe, whomever or whatever you choose to call it.
Let’s say you have an electric bill coming up. You owe several hundred dollars and you don’t have it. You have no idea where you’re going to get it either. This is the perfect item to “turn over” to your HP. Put a capital “G” next to that item for “God” (or use any letter or acronym that makes sense to you). Next when you write down the description for what the item is, you might want to utilize “Lofty Questons” to give the Universe exactly what it is you’re looking for in an answer. A question like “Why did this bill get paid AND I still have money left over for other things?” In a sense, because the Universe has to answer, the money for the electric bill will be provided and there will be money left over for other things.
Don’t believe it’s true? Well the good news is that you don’t have to believe. I didn’t. Just be willing to test it out for two weeks. Then write us with your results on facebook or send us an email here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is often misunderstood and therefore some people get results while others become disillusioned by the notion that it’s possible.
Let’s start by looking at the definition. The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. (Wikipedia 2016: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_attraction_(New_Thought)) The idea being that thoughts either positive or negative have energy, one can use their thoughts to make things happen.
Good things are always happening to people who are grateful. Being grateful is synonymous with love and positivity. This higher vibration attractions and returns things that are also of this same vibration. You’re happy, living in the Now, things are good, you’re putting out this energy, and remarkable things of the same high vibration are jetting their way towards you right this moment.
Gratitude attracts more of that which you are grateful for and deeply desire. Be grateful for all that you have and know that all your needs are already taken care of by your Higher Power. Gratitude attracts exactly what you desire and allows you to receive it quickly (for more information see http://www.loa.guru/386/how-the-law-of-attraction-works/ from Abraham/Hicks.
The trick is to be very specific and to know what and how to say it.
4. Be in Love With Now.
The special key to learning to accept everything that you already have (good or not so great) is to love the present moment – all of it – and you’re okay with that. You turn over everything you can’t control to the Universe. All things you can do, you get busy and get those things done. You drop resentments and forgive freely, even if the other person harmed you first. This will put you in a place where you feel calm and relaxed, which is the state for seeing, hearing and experiencing life’s most precious gifts – a deep connection to “All That Is”. This is a high, spiritual vibration. Animals sense it and will be attracted to you. Children as well. Strangers will respond to you as you say “hello” or “good morning” unexpectedly to them.
5. Gratitude and Letting Go
Just how does one develop gratitude? It’s already inside of you. It’s not something you need to go out and get. Rather, it’s something you have instant access to by connecting to all that is within in you. Gratitude is love. The attitude part simply means a way of living. The attitude of gratitude is a way of living a loving life. Being kind and loving to all.
Being grateful means letting go of all resistance. Gratitude allows you to understand you at a deeper spiritual level so you have a deeper understanding about the path to come. It doesn’t mean that you know everything, but it does heighten your confidence level that everything is going to turn out okay and that you can relax, knowing that you’ve turned everything you can’t control over to your Higher Power or the Universe and that with Him, all things are possible.
It is us that are the ones that limit life and our own potential.
The Spiritual Awakening Test
According to Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/spiritual_awakening), “spiritual awakening” means:
- A realization or inspiration about the connection with an entity or entities beyond the immediate and physical world, of “God” or other intangible, sacred spirit.
Have you had a Spiritual Awakening?
Below you’ll find 12 questions that will help you decide for yourself if you’ve had a Spiritual Awakening or a shift of your consciousness with a connection or inspiration with spirit or your Higher Power. Please remember this is not a scientific test and is only meant for enjoyment and fun. Let’s not take ourselves too seriously. Having said that disclaimer, let’s get serious and find out if you are or not, shall we?
- Do you have an increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen?
- Do you have frequent attacks of smiling?
- Do you often have feelings of being connected with others and nature?
- Do you have frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation?
- Do you have a tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience?
- Do you have an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment?
- Have you lost the ability or have little interest in worry?
- Have you lost interest in engaging in conflict?
- Have you lost interest in interpreting the actions of others or labeling?
- Do you find yourself with a loss of interest in judging others?
- Do you find yourself with a loss of interest in judging yourself?
- Have you gained the ability to love without expecting anything in return?
If you have answered yes to 9 or more of the questions above then you probably have had a spiritual awakening.
What Do You Do After A Spiritual Awakening?
Here’s a great article from Nikky Suttons’ Website Spiritual-Awakening.net that explains this quite beautifully, so I’ll let her explain. Here’s the first paragraph of a wonderful article she wrote on what comes next. Be sure to follow the link to her page to continue reading. – Jeffrey Smith
Spiritual awakening or experience can occur suddenly lasting a moment like it did for me or it can last for several days like it did for a dear friend of mine. It’s intense, yet pleasant. There is definitely a feeling a euphoria. The one commonality of all those I’ve discussed such experiences with is this fact. There is no longer a fear of death or dying.
In my case, I had always pondered what I would do should I ever come in contact with a Divine Presence. In fact, I had a short list of questions that I had intended to ask of God. This may sound crazy, but hey, it’s my list, my questions and inquiring minds want to know. So here’s the list of my questions;
- Were dinosaurs really true? Did they exist, because I was taught that scientist “faked” them and they were working for the Devil (okay, I grew up in a CULTure, that was NOT mainstream Christianity, so give me a break, okay?)
- If dinosaurs existed, and I think they did, then cavemen must have existed, because they have all sorts of caveman art on walls in caves. Is this true, God?
- If this is true, then which is true, evolution, creation, or both?
- Did Adam and Eve really exist, or is that just a Bible story?
- If Adam and Eve did exist and you did create them yourself, did they have belly buttons? (don’t laugh, it’s a legit question)
All these things were important to me. I wanted to get answers.
Well the day and time did come and I did have such an experience where I was subjected to what I would now call a “Spiritual Experience”. And in this moment, and it was literally just a moment, one minute, so just shy of a moment by 30 seconds, I experienced sheer bliss. I felt as if I was being cradled in my mothers arms. I felt intense unconditional love. I felt as if there was not a care in the world. Time stood still. There literally was NO TIME. And all those questions I had prepared? They fell away in an instant as meaningless and irrelevant in light of the fact that I was in the presence of the Divine and that nothing mattered except unconditional love. I was God Smacked with Love. There’s no other way to really put it. It was so intense I wept tears of sheer joy. And just as fast as it came over me, it was gone. Gone. That was in May of 2002. And since that day in May of 2002, all I want for Christmas is enlightenment.
This is my life, and my dreams are worth it. – Life is a courageous journey or nothing at all. We cannot become who we want to be by continuing to do exactly what we’ve been doing. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks. That’s how dreams are achieved. Be deaf when people tell you that you can’t fulfill your dreams. The only place where your goals and dreams are impossible is inside your head.
Once you’ve dreamed of it, you’re halfway there. So go ahead and follow through. Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words. Follow your heart regardless of what others tell you to do. At the end of the day it’s you who has to live with your decisions, not them ♥
Adversity makes us strong and wise ~ Pain makes you stronger. Tears make you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser. Be grateful for your past because it helped shape who you are. And thank the past for a better future. Live for today, learn from yesterday, and hope for tomorrow. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. ♥
“Then the man, having gathered grass, twigs, branches, & leaves, having bound them together to make a raft, would cross over to safety on the far shore in dependence on the raft, making an effort with his hands & feet. Having crossed over to the far shore, he might think, ‘How useful this raft has been to me! For it was in dependence on this raft that, making an effort with my hands & feet, I have crossed over to safety on the far shore. Why don’t I, having hoisted it on my head or carrying it on my back, go wherever I like?’ What do you think, monks? Would the man, in doing that, be doing what should be done with the raft?”
“And what should the man do in order to be doing what should be done with the raft? There is the case where the man, having crossed over to the far shore, would think, ‘How useful this raft has been to me! For it was in dependence on this raft that, making an effort with my hands & feet, I have crossed over to safety on the far shore. Why don’t I, having dragged it on dry land or sinking it in the water, go wherever I like?’ In doing this, he would be doing what should be done with the raft.”
Instead of creating expectations of what should or should not be happening, cooperate with the form that this moment takes. Bring a ‘yes’ to the isness, because it’s pointless to argue if it already is.
A greater intelligence is available to you when you no longer reject, deny, or ‘don’t want’ what is.♥ ~Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle invites us to embrace the “isness” of life, which above all else has to include our own being. If we cannot accept the “isness” of ourselves, we will be unable to truly accept life itself.
People do sometimes try to make us feel we don’t matter. They criticize, put us down, berate. But if we realize this is coming from their own inability to accept themselves, it needn’t touch us.
In their true being, no one believes that we don’t matter.
On the contrary, we matter so much that they long to matter to us—and it’s the fact they don’t realize how much they matter to themselves that causes them to attempt to dismiss us.
To be fully in this moment, this reality right now, as Eckhart invites us to be, is to recognize that our longing to matter to someone else isn’t at its root neediness. Rather it’s a desire to express to another the fact that we matter to ourselves.
We’ve been looking at Eckhart’s statement in Stillness Speaks, his second book, about acceptance. He writes:
Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest source of grace in this world.
It seems that the most wonderful feelings came when I went beyond conditioned instincts of self-preservation, and simply showed, kindness, caring and affection or lent a helping hand…It has nothing to do with being righteous, not even about being selfless or courageous, but that of seeing past the illusions and arriving at the core of my being…It is the crossroad where human decency and soul connections meet…Perhaps you are there already….wait for me…I’m on my way.♥
Gratitude is more than saying thank you or appreciating something someone has given us. It is a way of being.
From the center of our grateful hearts we see others in a whole new light, moving beyond our own needs to see what we can do to help others.
The Attitude of Gratitude – Waking up Each Day Being Grateful
Start each new day with the attitude of gratitude.
Gratitude is about waking up in this moment and being here now – really being here – and noticing what’s around you. Most people are so busy thinking about whats not happening, or how much more they have to do, that they don’t look around and notice what’s happening at the present moment. The only moment we have is right here and right now. Wake up to fully embrace the present moment..Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.♥
~ The Dalai Lama
Start each new day with the attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is about waking up in this moment and being here now – really being here – and noticing what’s around you. Most people are so busy thinking about whats not happening, or how much more they have to do, that they don’t look around and notice what’s happening at the present moment. The only moment we have is right here and right now. Wake up to fully embrace the present moment..
Your center is a place you can trust. It connects the body, mind, heart, and soul. It connects your truth and your inner voice. Your insights, awareness’s, and guidance come from being there, at that place. It is a place that is quietly confident, unassuming, spontaneous, and free. It is accepting, nonjudgmental, and channels the voice of your heart. It knows perfect timing.
If you must leave your center to learn a lesson, feel a feeling, or experience something new, do that. Take all the side trips you are called to, but come back to center when you’re done.
~Journey to the Heart
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude” said Denis Waitley and he was right. Happiness, like gratitude is not a thing or possession — it is a way of being.
But how do we get “happiness”? How do we become “grateful”?
We live in a very busy world with lots of distractions and things to pay attention to. Taking time to be still, take a deep breath, and reflect on something positive is all it takes.
To often people know what they don’t want, what they don’t like. What if we were to just take a moment and think about just this day, what about this day is something that I appreciate? Even in the most difficult times, there is always something that can be put on the positive side of today’s ledger.
Perhaps someone held the door for you, your morning coffee, an unexpected call from a friend. Taking the time to think about these things brings a reflection of happiness, of being grateful. Now, let’s take that a step further. What if we were to write down the things that bring us happiness and gratitude? Now we’ve thought about something positive and we’ve written it down. That sends out a message to the universe that we’d like more of the same.
Taking this even a step further. What if we were to make sure to tell someone else what we appreciate about them? Thinking happy, writing down happy things, and telling others what we are happy about that they did is three times as effective. You get the point. In this way happiness becomes a way of life, a practice, that gives us, others, in fact, the entire world the message of happiness and gratefulness. And that is a good thing.