“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” ~Albert Einstein
We’ve talked about how feeling gratitude prompts the universe to send you more experiences, people, and things to be grateful for.
So, to increase this phenomenon let’s start a gratitude practice. You are going to love your life! Tomorrow morning when you wake up, don’t rush out of bed, running around trying to get everything done before you rush off to work. Close your eyes again for one minute and think about some of the things you are grateful for. I usually think about how grateful I am for my incredibly comfortable bed. It’s like a cocoon of soft warmth and comfort. I think about how lucky I am that I have running water and can go brush my pearly whites. I’m thankful my dog wags her tail whenever she sees me! It’s nice to be loved! My children and grandchildren love me! I have sisters to share my life with! I had wonderful teachers growing up. I like music. I can stretch the muscles of my healthy body before I climb out of bed and that feels good.
If you find it hard at first to practice gratitude before you get out of bed or first thing in the morning, then practice it while you commute to work. In the car or on the train you can take a good accounting of your many blessings. Some may find it hard to practice gratitude at all, thinking that they have nothing for which to be grateful. It’s not easy when you feel you have been thrown a rotten apple of a life. But, if you think that way, so it will be. It’s the law. There are things to be grateful for. The beauty of nature is free. Watching people enjoy life and love each other is free. Laughter is free. A hug is free. Life is free. Making someone else smile is free.
Express your gratitude. Tell you friends and family every good little thing you like about them. Let them know you feel lucky to have them in your life. They are all miracles! I can choose to appreciate everything in my life and see how fortunate and lucky I am. I can value this beautiful earth and understand how lucky I am to be surrounded by the miracle of life, the majesty of nature. Or I can choose not to see it and dwell on negative circumstances and miss out on all the miracles!
Live as if everything is a miracle. When I wake up in the morning and know that I have another wonderful day on the amazing earth I am grateful. I’m grateful for another day to try to make someone’s life better in any small way I can. I’m grateful I can give someone directions or smile at them. I’m grateful for the light peeking through the curtains.
It’s a miracle we evolved to become what we are. Our nature is to be loving, kind, and compassionate. Our energy is love. I don’t know if we can measure the vibrational frequency of emotions, but I would venture to guess that love and gratitude are at the highest frequency, while fear and hate are at the lowest. But, the most important thing I believe is that love is greater than fear.
I’m no Einstein but I know that life is more fun and fulfilling when we choose gratitude and love. And when we see everything as a miracle!
Thankfully there are more affirmations:
- I am so lucky to be part of the energy that makes this universe a beautiful and joyous experience.
- I am one with nature. I am present for each glorious moment of my life.
- I am blessed with all that I need to live a life of love and joy.
- I am fortunate to have wonderful friends and family. We hold each other in love and respect. (On another note, this is an especially good affirmation if you are having a conflict with someone, i.e.; My daughter and I hold each other in love and respect.)
- I choose to appreciate everything in my life and know how fortunate I am.
- I am grateful for…..(fill in the blank, you know what it is!)
Visualize yourself standing in nature and breathing in the beauty!