5 Ways to Embody Gratitude

Gratitude is becoming a popular thing today, and although we often ride the wave of what’s the ‘IN’ thing of today, we fail tremendously to fully understand the importance of embodying such a thing as gratitude.

Melody Beattie, author of many good books, describes gratitude as, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

1. Meditate on the things that you are grateful for in your life, your passions, your wants and desires, and your problems. Sometimes, in the silence found by the stillness of our minds and slow patience of each breath you will finds the answers to who you are and to what your truth is in that moment, which ultimately delivers you to the answer to problems that you have or had in mind.

2. Take time to sample and experience the beauty of life and all that nature and the environment around you has to offer. Have you ever walked through the woods after a forest fire, from the road it looks so drab and defeated, but up close you will almost instantly be reminded of the beauty that nature is, and the resilience within the earth to overcome obstacles. The grass always grows back, stronger, more colorful, and taller than before. It’s like watching a calla lily grow through the cracks of the concrete.

3. Journal every day of the things that you are grateful for or appreciate in your life. Past experiences, family, career, for the kindness in the world or the smile that attractive red head just gave you from across the room (talk about a confidence boost). The mere fact that we are alive and well, on this day is something to be grateful for and note in your gratitude journal. We often take things for granted, including our own wellbeing and the ones we say that we love.

4. Forgive those that have treaded on you; today, yesterday, and tomorrow. I once learned that in forgiveness, peace is found, and once we can find comfort in the peace and true freedom from whatever it was that done to us; we can express gratitude for the lessons learned and the strength to move forward from that experience.

5. Spread the word of kindness, hope, love, and gratitude. I’m sure that all of you have heard the famous saying that ‘words have the power to give life, and take it away.’ This is a very true statement. In the words that we use unconsciously, we have the ability to kill dreams, good ideas, hope, and the list goes on. By choosing to speak without judgment, words of inspiration we give life, we breathe new life into defeated men and women, give faces to the unseen, and let strangers know that they matter. The surprising thing is that a lot of good can come from a simple, ‘Hi,’ and ‘Thank You.’ So imagine the vibration that we would cast starting in our own environments if we made the choice to consciously choose our words wisely? This doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your truth, but that means that we have a choice to speak our minds freely without causing harm to others or those we care about.

The beauty about embodying gratitude is that you ultimately get back what you put out. The power of gratitude is a very practical concept, so easy that children are born with many abilities, strength, and magnetism and the power of appreciation is one of them. Just imagine if you could see the world as you once did as a child, before you learned what to be afraid of, what to dislike and what to like, what determines a boy and what determines a girl. Now granted gratitude and appreciation aren’t necessarily the same thing, you get the picture.

If every day of your life, you could wake up with gratitude in your heart, and approach your day in that space, imagine what you would ultimately attract. We all love being around kids (not always, but even then, we still come running when a baby cries), they are born with great charisma, and appreciation (to name a few).

Next time you are a child or infant, watch them closely (not in a weird way), but how they smile, how their eyes light up when they see you or their parents, it’s the look that says ‘Hey, I’m here and I’m glad to see you, thank you, I love you.’


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