Thankful and Grateful…

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“Gratitude for the abundance you have received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue.” ~Muhammad

Gratitude is a “multiplier” of positive energy. The more you are grateful, the more you will receive to be grateful for.

I know that there are times in life when it is hard, if not seemingly impossible, to be “grateful”. Believe me, I understand that very well. It is, I have found, a matter of perspective. Always. Being able to find real gratitude, within a great challenge or loss in life, can be one of the most profoundly life changing things to ever happen to someone. I know that to be true as well.

Gratitude need not be a complex ritual or deep spiritual process. In fact, the simpler acts of gratitude, like saying “thank you”,  are often the most meaningful.

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is- ‘thank you’- that is enough.” ~Meister Eckhart

Yet, it needs to be heartfelt and consistent. Not something you do just in response to someone else’s act of generosity or kindness. No, the true power of Gratitude can be found when it becomes a real and lasting part of who you are, and how you express that in this world.

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” ~John Jowett

In my own life experience I did not fully comprehend the true meaning of BE-ing grateful. I did not know the power hidden within the act of Gratitude. And, it was the self-sabotage of my own life, along with various deeply heartbreaking moments and loss, that broke me down. Those life challenges caused me to look for deeper meaning and understanding hidden within those heartbreaks. I am sure many of you, my friends, can relate to that.

But, I had to “learn” how to be Grateful. How to practice Gratitude and BE Grateful. It was very simple actually and, once I started down this path, things just snowballed. Gratitude took on a life of its own for me.

I’d like to share with you some of the things I did, and still do, on a daily basis to make true Gratitude a deeply ingrained part of my life. I am sure you have practices of your own. I am just sharing what I do that has transformed my life over the past few years. Feel free to add some of your own if you’d like.

1) At night, right before I fall asleep, I deliberately find at least three things to say “thank you” for. Often those things are not, at first glance, “positive” things at all. Sometimes they are hard lessons. But, again, it is all about perspective.

2) Create a habit of giving “thanks” in the morning. First thing. My mantra is simple- “Thank you for another day of possibilities. I am grateful for my life and will share that Gratitude, somehow, with everyone I encounter today.I am fully alive and in Love with Life.”

3) Throughout the day, and this is the one that I had to practice a great deal, I say “thank you” for as many things as I can. For the sunrise, for the heat in the house, for the water I drink, etc. This became a very powerful force in my life and I can, 100%, tell you that this one thing helped me to manifest and affect amazing changes in my life. As I practiced this I was amazed at how many things one can find to be truly grateful for. How quickly my perspective changed in life and, in turn, how greatly my life experience shifted to a far more positive one.

4) Work to find Gratitude, in all things. Even in the negatives that happen in life. Yes, I know it can be hard. I can tell you that if I had not been able to do this, to reframe some of those heartbreaks I experienced a few years ago, I would not be here today. It is a key to a higher plane in life, and a key to a rich and deeply satisfying life.

5) Practice this. It might feel or seem weird at first. But, of all the things I have had to practice in my life, this was something that took on a life of it’s own for me. Try to create an “Attitude of Gratitude” in everything you do. It might sound silly or “New Agey” but real, deep and consistent Gratitude is a foundation for success in life that every mentor, coach, guru, teacher, etc., I have ever had the privilege to learn from, cites as core.

These are just my thoughts about “Gratitude” given with Love and, yes, with Gratitude. Just felt like sharing this and, please, feel free to add your own personal practices if you’d like. We are all just walking one another home…

Much love,
Rico-

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