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Old March 10th, 2009, 15:49   #1 (permalink)
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Change begins within

The pathway of life is filled with numerous challenging situations that we sometimes avoid or choose to work through. Inevitably though, we survive them.

To help work through these challenges you can implement an invaluable exercise which will feed your spirit and attract positive experiences into your life. This exercise is gratitude.

Gratitude is a state of being that is thankful for everything that is good and received in your life. Gratitude is appreciating and identifying the richness of all the blessings in your life. When you feel truly grateful and focus your attention on gratitude each day, the experience of it within your being intensifies a sense of energy - of aliveness.

Moreover, this powerful and positive energy attracts likeness.

Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Melody Beattie

"Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude."
Wallace D. Wattles

"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you."
Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not."
-- Marcus Aurelius

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

I am truly thankful for the gratitude exercise Michael gives freely with Discover Meditation for change begins within.

I wish you an abundance of peace and joy
 
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Old March 11th, 2009, 04:09   #2 (permalink)
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Pollyanna, thanks for the terrific post. I especially love that Meister Eckhart quote. It was a favorite of my mom's and I love being reminded of her.

Probably many of you are familiar with this poem, but it's one of my all-time favorites:

The Guest House -- by Rumi

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

One of my brothers introduced me to Rumi a few years ago. Every time I read this poem I'm grateful for him (the brother, not Rumi) (well, Rumi, too!).
 
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Old March 12th, 2009, 14:57   #3 (permalink)
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Thankyou WeeHoo, I will read more of Rumi. You are so right, it is wonderful to be reminded of our mums and dads - we truly only have one of each and I am so thankful for the loving parents I had. They taught me the immense value of counting my blessings. Peace and joy to you and yours
 
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Took me a while to get into it, but now that I have been practicing it for some time, I have to say Pollyanna, it is an excellent post !

Thank you for posting this, I am learning to be gratefull for all that I have, and I feel more balance in my life !

 
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I am so pleased for you Edwin and I can understand that it takes time to get into. Sometimes, when many challenges are faced it is difficult at times to really feel thankful and simply saying or thinking sentences without "feeling" thankful doesn't work.

Once the habit is formed though, I truly believe it can be a great asset to anyone. I wish you an abundance of joy and happiness - you really deserve it
 
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Old March 19th, 2009, 02:12   #6 (permalink)
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i think your ability to be grateful and practice gratitude is amazing. i was wondering if you could pass on any ways of increasing your gratitude. i know that i have to really feel it not just say it but i was wondering if there were ways of doing this.

thank you very much for your help

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I keep a little notebook by my bed and every night I write down five things for which I'm feeling grateful. Right now I have a nasty cold/fever/blech and so tonight I imagine I'll write that I'm grateful for cozy beds, and hot tea, and the sunshine that we had today. I find that doing this 2-minute exercise really helps me think back over my day and puts me in a good frame of mind before I sleep.

I also suggest you visit this website: GRATEFULNESS.ORG - A Network for Grateful Living. It was started by Brother David Steindl-Rast. He says, "Happiness is not what makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us happy." He has this cool practice of picking a gratitude theme for each day. So if his theme for the day is clouds, every time he saw clouds, he'd be reminded to be fully present in the moment, and to be grateful. I love this exercise, because you can choose anything to call you back to gratitude--the sound of a phone ringing, a bird chirping, sunlight streaming through a window, whatever.

I have found over the years that the more aware I am of the blessings around me--whether it's the sunshine, or our goofy dog, or the fact that we have food and shelter (don't most of us take these two things for granted? try being consciously grateful for them!), or the cats purring around me while I'm lying here coughing my head off--the more my gratitude expands. It's amazing. I find myself being, if not grateful for the weeds in the garden, grateful that I'm agile enough to bend over and pull them out. And grateful that we have a garden. I wish I had found this attitude at a much younger age.

Looks as if I've created yet another long-winded post. I just want to add that I'm currently reading a book titled "Happy for no Reason," by Marci Shimoff and Carol Kline. It is stuffed with exercises for increasing your happiness, peace and gratitude. It just came out in paperback, so hardback copies are going at sale prices--for which I am grateful!
 
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Dear All

i think your ability to be grateful and practice gratitude is amazing. i was wondering if you could pass on any ways of increasing your gratitude. i know that i have to really feel it not just say it but i was wondering if there were ways of doing this.

thank you very much for your help

april
Hi there April,

I think feeling grateful is very much like a strong feeling of love, joy and appreciation for life itself. Here are a few examples of mine - I hope you can imagine the feeling I experience when I think about these:-

I feel so very grateful everytime my grandchildren run to me and with smiling eyes they look into mine and say "grandma! I missed you!"

I feel so thankful that my joints don't ache and I can enjoy walking through the woods each day.

I feel so very thankful for my thoughtful and caring children and their partners - they are my best friends.

I feel so very grateful that I love and accept myself as I am.

I am so thankful for the deep peace and bliss meditation gives me.

I am so thankful to be alive with hopes and dreams.

I could go on and on but my eyes are filled with tears of joy and gratefulness for my life. I hope that helps you to enjoy this wonderful exercise, peace and joy

P.S. The character "Pollyanna" in the film has always inspired me - hence the name. If you get the opportunity to watch it, you'll see why
 
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Ohh mann, guys you made me cry!!!!!

My heart is full to bursting and the joy abounds within,
so much that its expanding out pulling my face to a grin!
I thank you for your thank yous'
I thank you for your love
The truth right here abounding is that thank you makes us win!


I got the sillies!!!

Definately not mature enough for this site

Love Becc
 
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Hi there Becc,

I believe what you have written is definately mature. Anything that makes your heart feel like it's bursting with joy and creates a grin is good for the soul.

We all deserve to feel happy and joyful - I believe it's our natural state and I wish you an abundance of peace, love and joy
 
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