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Gratitude matters

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We all know the common sayings about gratitude, like ‘count your blessings’ or ‘enjoy the little things’ but do we all practice gratitude?

I say practice, because it doesn’t happen by itself. Its much more natural for us due to the culture and often upbringing to complain about things, to regret not having something, not being somebody and so on. It takes some practice to change that pattern and instead of complaining be grateful.

But why would you do it? Why work hard and become grateful while you can go on complaining about everything and everyone.

There are many reasons, let me focus on just two.

Firstly, you will immediately feel better in the moment. If you think now about 3 things you are grateful for today – I bet it will immediately improve your mood and maybe even put a little smile on your face.

Second reason might sound too-good-to-be-true, but I guarantee you it is true. I have experienced it for almost 10 years, and there is a miriad of people who have discovered this little trick. Gratitude is like a magnet; the more grateful you are, the more you will have to be grateful for! This is the Law of attraction in action…

Back to the important of practice. As this wonderful summer comes to an end, our natural tendency is to cling on to it, regret that its passing. Like with all the things we like, we want more of them, we don’t want to let them go…I also had that feeling when the schools started again, work got busy and the summer was slipping away. The moment I realized that this is what I am doing (took a few days), I chose to stop it, to change my focus. From clinging and regretting to being grateful for the wonderful things I have experienced this summer – and that felt much much better and I now seem to be finding my flow again.

Practicing gratidude means bringing your focus to what you have rather than what you don’t have (material and immaterial), to what you are rather than what you aren’t , to what Is there (in the world) rather than what isn’t. 

You can practice gratitude everywhere and under any circumstances. Even if you are not feeling great you can find something to be grateful for, how little it might seem. Often my nights are broken and effect my mood in the morning. This is one of the reasons I do yoga every morning, to start my day on a positive note and cultivate the sense of gratitude – for the sunshine, for the rain, for all the good things in my life. 

We are all good at proscastination, at delaying things. Same with those spiritual practices. Maybe you heard the term Gratitude and are planning to do it one day, when you are feel really really satisfied…Don’t delay your practice of gratitude! Even if you are going through a difficult phase, a difficult week or a difficult day. Consider being grateful today, the very moment you read this blog… And continue for few consequent days, see what happens!

If you seem to be having a lot of negative stuff and drama happening to you, reflect on your own response to the drama and negativity. Do you like to dwell on bad things, discuss them with everyone and think about them nights long? Maybe then the Law of attraction is also working for you…By focusing on the drama you are bringing more drama into your life.

So what are You grateful for this summer, this week, today?

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