“Trade your expectation to appreciation and the world changes instantly” – Tony Robbins
Life’s way too short and precious to obsess about what’s missing from your life or fret over that which is not perfect. Instead, it is far better to live in a state of conscious awareness and have an attitude of gratitude for all of your gifts, qualities and talents.
When I say “attitude” of gratitude, I think it’s just a cool way to say that you need to “practice” gratitude. This means that you are consistently being mindful of and thankful for everything that is good in your life. Consciously practicing gratitude enables you to be gentle with yourself, especially when you don’t get everything done or things don’t go your way.
It can be really difficult to stay positive and be grateful, especially when you are right in the middle of really tough challenges. Life can be hard, and not every moment will be pleasant. However, even our most challenging experiences can provide the most profound lessons and illuminate our most precious gifts. Try to practice patience, compassion, gratitude and forgiveness for yourself and others, especially when you’re in a funk and your ego (the hustler) is resisting you. When you are aware and practicing gratitude, there is no room for anger, resentment and judging.
It’s just as important to take the time and make the effort to acknowledge and appreciate your successes, both large and small. If you are not living with awareness, the minutes, hours, days and weeks can fly right by. You can easily go for months or years without recognizing, appreciating and being grateful for your efforts, your successes and the gifts that you enjoy in your life.
Meditation will help you live in a state of conscious awareness, particularly when you are dealing with challenging emotions, feelings and thoughts. You will be able to rest your mind and find a measure of peace and calm in any chaotic experience. You will feel better, be more at peace, and you will be better prepared to deal with any situation in a mentally, physically and emotionally healthy and balanced way.
Living in a state of conscious awareness and valuing all of your positive attributes and the good work you are doing is a big part of being present and grateful. Practicing awareness and gratitude is kind of like setting bricks in mortar. You set one brick at a time, and eventually you have built a solid structure like a wall or a building. Every time you take the time to be aware of and grateful for all of the good things in your life, you set another brick into the foundation of your self-worth.
Weekly Practice: Each day take 30 seconds in the morning when you wake up and 30 seconds in the evening when you go to bed (This is 1 minute of your day) and think about everything & everyone you are grateful for. Be grateful for the challenging people, and experiences in your day for they always bring a lesson, as well as the positive people and circumstances. If you can’t think of anything, be grateful for each breath you take, each beat of your heart and for this moment. Reflect how 1 minute of gratitude changes your perspective. Continue practicing throughout the week. As always, I would love to hear from you on my blog: www.YourBlissfulSoul.com