When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you think about? Do you take that moment of awareness whether long or short to feel gratitude for waking, breathing, living? Living a life lead by gratitude is a choice. That choice starts with developing mental awareness of being and consciously living each moment. Like that moment when you first wake up.
Waking up each morning is often the first thing we do take for granted every day, however it is the LAST thing we should take for granted. For what is life without that? What is life without breath?
Developing an attitude of gratitude is easier than you might think. In reading this, in thinking about it you have started to create that very awareness necessary to live a fuller more meaningful life. In the movie and book The Secret, a rock or stone is used as a reminder. This is not a new idea but it is presented in a new way to remind ones self to be thankful and grateful. I like to write out the things I’m grateful for every morning. This way I’m utilizing a few senses at a time to remind myself. I am seeing it, touching (writing) and most often phrasing it in my head. Sometimes I write it out fully and sometimes just on a sticky note. The sticky note method is easy when things are a little chaotic in my house.
Shifting ones focus to living a life of gratitude is very much like going to the top of a mountain. It is very easy to forget about the troublesome things in life from that vantage point. It is easy to be grateful for the trees and the sun (or wind and rain) the quiet, and the creation surrounding us. It is does not seem strange to me that this would be. Many prophets and holy men and women have gone to the mountains for meditation, for prayer, and I suspect for a clearer point of view. It is from the vantage point of the mountains that so many have gained perspective on life, found answers to questions, and had life transforming moments of awareness.
There are so many things in life to be grateful for. It is also the unifying key to every religion I have ever read or heard about. So it should be common to everyone on a spiritual path. Take a little time and start with a short list of things to be grateful for every day. You will find that over time as your gratitude increases your dissatisfaction with life will decrease and you will begin to live a happier fuller life.
© Adrienne McLeod 2011