Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Healing Power of Gratitude

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. Gerald Good

Thanksgiving has been signified as gratitude day. And that's good. But how different would our world be if we spent time each day being grateful? Maybe we should apply gratitude to the other 364 days each year. Those are the days we're running as fast as we can to keep up with our fast moving lives and avoid as much stress as possible. And that's when we need something to nudge us in the direction of survival.

A sense of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways we have to find that peaceful place inside that can lead us not only to survive, but to thrive. As we move through each day on auto pilot, our thoughts are usually focused on problem solving, and we forget to apply some oil to make the wheels turn smoother. Thoughts of gratitude can be the oil that makes a difference at the end of each day.

Yesterday, I made a trip to the grocery store, nothing special. But I decided to practice gratitude on this trip. I noticed the price of gas had gone down, I found a really good parking place, avocados were on sale, and there was less traffic than usual, so I got home in a hurry. And the grocery bags seemed lighter along with my mood. Each time I said "I'm grateful for this," I smiled as I felt a subtle shift inside to a more peaceful feeling. Just think how this gratitude attitude could lighten a whole day if it became a habit to interrupt our auto pilot thoughts.

Energy in our bodies moves at a particular vibrational frequency, and its greatly influenced by our thoughts and words. So thinking and saying you're grateful is not just an empty gesture that sounds good. It raises your energy to a higher vibrational frequency and creates a healing force for your body, mind and emotions. It's good for you.

Exercise: Stop, get quiet, clear your mind, and focus your attention inside. This only takes a few seconds. You don't need a life-changing event to be grateful. Anything will do. Now express gratitude. Let it flow from your mind and heart, and feel that subtle energy shift within to a sense of peace. It's there. Catch it. That's all your cells thanking you in return.

Giving thanks daily will change your energy, and the Universe will hear your vibration and reply in kind. A grateful heart builds on itself, and getting used to saying thank you for the little things will bring more important things for which to be grateful.

I wish you peace in your heart.

Marilyn

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