We Meditated On Gratitude And Found So Much To Be Thankful For

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-Does it feel as though the days of your life tick by with all the monotony of a metronome sitting, ticking by itself above a silent piano?

That’s how we all feel at times, isn’t it?

Every day, we wake up, we consider our needs—heating, food, money, rent—we go to work to be able to pay for these things, then we get home and complain that we spent all day at work.

Likely, for the remainder of that day, we’ll watch some TV, make the evening meal—the day will pass surely enough. We’ll soon fall asleep in front of the TV, then drag ourselves off to bed. The alarm rings, we wake up, it’s the next day, yet, somehow, in truth, it’s the exact same day just 24 hours later.

 

Somewhere at the back of our minds we are aware that something is not quite right with the was we live life. We feel we are missing the point. It is as though we are skimming the surface of life but somehow missing the rich depth of ocean that lies beneath.

We realise this truth about our limited ways but we don’t quite know what to do about it. After all, a certain amount of repetition in life is inevitable, isn’t it? We do have to pay the rent, eat, look after the kids (if we have them) and meet other needs. To do this, we have to go to work. It is inevitable, isn’t it?

Most of us believe we cannot escape the monotony of life. Instead of facing the issue head on, however, we learn to ignore the fact that time is passing and that we still haven’t began to live fully. But we don’t know what to do about it. And so, instead of solving the issue, we learn to distract our minds by pretending that we have all manner of important meta-missions to complete. We must buy the latest phone, the latest game, a nice car and so on. We must keep up with the Jones’. We must send a million tweets and texts a day. We must, we must, we must.

In reality, there is very little we genuinely need to do. We don’t need the latest items. We don’t need to spam Twitter and Facebook with messages. We only tell ourselves that we must do these things in order to distract our mind from the real problem: that life is passing by and we still haven’t begun to understand the true are of living. If this all sounds a little too familiar, I’d like you to try the attitude of gratitude meditation below. This attitude of gratitude meditation is really going to put a smile on your face, a smile that lasts. Because I have found that if you love life life will love you right back.

 

Try the following meditation technique when you get up. It’s one of the best ways how to be happy in the morning

Attitude Of Gratitude Meditation Step 1: Stop

My challenge to you is this: STOP.

Just stop.

Forget all about that thing you need to do. Whether it’s cooking the dinner, cleaning the house, sending a text or tweet—whatever it is, just stop.

There is a second part to this challenge, but I only want you to read on if you have actually stopped. So, sit there for a minute, doing nothing (not even thinking) and then read on.

 

 

Attitude of Gratitude Meditation Step 2

Still reading? Good. The second part of the challenge is this: the next time you feel you need to have something, tell yourself that you already have it.

That’s a little confusing. What I mean is this:if you think “I need to get that new cell phone because it’s the latest and best.” Stop that thought. Instead, choose to think, “I’m grateful to have the phone I have. I have everything I need.” If you think, “ I wish my boyfriend / girlfriend would realise that we need to— BLAH (whatever you feel you need from the person). Choose to think “I’m grateful for the relationship I have. It might not be perfect, but no relationships is, and in many ways, our little imperfections help make us more special.”

The point is this: Take the attitude of WANT and turn it to the attitude of gratitude. Think not of what you need, but how you already have everything you ever truly need and are grateful for the fact. This is your moment to stop the monotonous cycle of MORE, MORE, MORE. Take a moment to break free from that cycle. Do it right now. It will awaken you to a new way of thinking and a new way of being.

 

 

Quotes about Gratitude

 

Quotes About Gratitude

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust quotes about gratitude

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest, yet most powerful things humans can do, for each other.” Randy Pausch quotes about gratitude

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” Johannes A. Gaertner quotes about gratitude Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. – Joseph Wood Krutch quotes about gratitude

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Beecher, Henry Ward quotes about gratitude Your Beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does!

 

 

Still need inspiration? Here’s 100 thing I’m thankful for

1)      Being alive in a world of possibilities

2)      Those who fought and died protecting our freedom

3)      Freedom to choose who we want to be

4)      Freedom to choose what we want to do

5)      Everybody who ever smiled at us

6)      Everybody who ever lifted us when we were down

7)      Being able to choose what to do with your time

8)      The ability to work and earn a living

9)      People who are supportive and caring

10)  People who aren’t, who remind you what not to be

11)  Food. The smell of it, the taste of it, the sight of it. YUMMY!

12)  The imagination. It’s the greatest gift we have.

13)  The feeling of the sun on our skin

14)  The sound of rain

15)  The internet that puts us in contact with the world

16)  Our ability to communicate with others

17)  The morning paper that keeps us informed

18)  Pleasant dreams

19)  Video games!

20)  TV

21)  Movies

22)  Poetry

23)  Dancing

24)  Running out in the open

25)  Cheesy uplifting pop music

26)  Christmas comes every single year!

27)  Beauty; in other people, in nature; everywhere.

28)  The ability to make a difference in the world

29)  Democracy

30)  Family

31) Sunrise

32)  Sunset

33)  Sense of sight

34)  Sense of hearing

35)  Sense of touch

36)  A healthy immune system

37)  Our beautiful and complex bodies

38)  Music

39)  The human mind

40)  Inventions that have made society what it is

41)  Animals

42)  Art

43)  Our expressivity

44)  School / Education system

45)  Health care

46)  The sky at night

47)  The feeling of water over your skin

48)  Our propensity for hope

49)  Being able to travel the world

50)  Being able to take days off

51)  Life itself

52)  Cuddles!

53)  Knowing that pain is temporary

54)  Snow

55)  Plants

56)  Hindsight, which makes us wiser every day

57)  Rainbows

58)  Children

59)  The sound of laughter

60)  Memories

61)  Belief

62)  Knowing that we’re never truly alone

63)  Living in a country that strives for justice and fairness

64)  Heating

65)  Air conditioning

66)  The pub

67)  Silence

68)  Literature

69)  The sound of birds singing

70)  Clothing that keeps us warm and comfy

71)  A rich cultural heritage

72)  Architecture

73)  Having photos from around the world a mere click away

74)  Agriculture

75)  The media

76)  Being able to read and write

77)  Charities

78)  Birthdays

79)  Our emotions, good and bad, that keep us feeling alive

80)  Museums

81)  Being able to sing

82)  Blank pages on which to hurl our thoughts and feelings

83)  The ability to choose to think positive

84)  Scientific discoveries that keep society evolving

85)  People who share their memories with us

86)  Our always playful inner child

87)  Language

88)  Our homes

89)  The ability to let your hair down once in a while

90)  Those in public service

91)  Old people who remind us of our history

92)  Young people who carry with them our tomorrow

93)  Being able to fall over and get back up

94)  Knowing there is always love

95)  Knowing that every day is a sacred day for at least someone out there

96)  Being able to switch off and relax when we need to

97)  That pulse of optimism that propels us to act

98)  The possibilities–Not knowing what tomorrow will bring

99)  Knowing you’re special to at least one person

100)Knowing there are people who believe in you

101) The humility to always look at life with a sense of wonder.

 

 

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