-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.
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!
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
33) Sense of sight
34) Sense of hearing
35) Sense of touch
36) A healthy immune system
37) Our beautiful and complex bodies
39) The human mind
40) Inventions that have made society what it is
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
53) Knowing that pain is temporary
56) Hindsight, which makes us wiser every day
59) The sound of laughter
62) Knowing that we’re never truly alone
63) Living in a country that strives for justice and fairness
65) Air conditioning
66) The pub
69) The sound of birds singing
70) Clothing that keeps us warm and comfy
71) A rich cultural heritage
73) Having photos from around the world a mere click away
75) The media
76) Being able to read and write
79) Our emotions, good and bad, that keep us feeling alive
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
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.