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[success]We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder[/success]
The other day one of my friends told me that I was easily pleased. I’d been saying how grateful I was that his wife pointed me in the direction of a local store that carried my favourite makeup. Yes, I was effusive, yes I was grateful and I hadn’t realized until that moment that what he said was true…I was pretty easily pleased.
Lots of things in life lead me to a feeling of gratitude…big things, small things, intermediate sized things, but the size of gratitude is always the same, GIANT sized.
For years we’ve been reading about gratitude and the importance of it as a way to propel us out of the never ending and often negative stories we persist in telling ourselves. And yet the power of gratitude can’t truly be known unless and until it’s practiced continually. And yes we’re counting all those little tiny ordinary moments. And yes, it’s a minute by minute, day by day practice.
So being easily pleased could be a blessing I’d never paid attention to before. The Universe is probably saying, wow she’s so easily filled with gratitude I’m going to give her more to be pleased about.
Or words to that effect…and then again maybe the Universe speaks in a more polished way…I don’t know, it’s never spoken to me out loud, so far.
Why practicing gratitude matters
Gratitude is an amazingly powerful, transformational energy. And it doesn’t matter whether we’ve just had a rotten, miserable experience, or been feeling down, or if everything is going to hell in a handbasket…looking at your world through the eyes of gratitude can become the new groove that’ll rock your life into a happier, more fulfilling beat.
The vibration of gratitude is much greater than that of desire, which is why it matters that we’re grateful for what we’re about to receive. And isn’t it cool that operating from a mind set of gratitude raises our consciousness and draws our desires to us even more quickly. That works for me. I think I’ll carry on being easily pleased.
I recently heard a story of a Kirlian photographer, you know, the kind that photographs auras, and he said that for the most part when he begins to take pictures, the auras of people with busy minds are usually brown to black. He tells them to think of a happy experience they’ve had, and the auras lighten, but it’s when he asks them to think about something they’re really grateful for that the aura becomes so large, the camera can’t photograph it’s outer limits.
Now that’s a pretty big energy force. And think of the attraction factor of that.
A happy ending
Neville Goddard tells this story:
“A very dear friend of mine, at the time the costume designer of the Music Hall in New York told me, one day, of her difficulty in working with one of the producers who invariably criticized and rejected her best work unjustly; that he was often rude and seemed deliberately unfair to her. Upon hearing her story, I reminded her, as I am reminding you, that men can only echo to us that which we whisper to them in secret. I had no doubt but that she silently argued with the producer, not in the flesh, but in quiet moments to herself.
She confessed that she did just that each morning as she walked to work. I asked her to change her attitude toward him, to assume that he was congratulating her on her fine designs and she, in turn, was thanking him for his praise and kindness.
This young designer took my advice and as she walked to the theater, she imagined a perfect relationship of the producer praising her work and she, in turn, responding with gratitude for his appreciation. This she did morning after morning and in a very short while, she discovered for herself that her own attitude determined the scenery of her existence.
The behavior of the producer completely reversed itself. He became the most pleasant professional employer she had encountered. His behavior merely echoed the changes that she had whispered within herself. What she did was by the power of imagination. Her fantasy led his; and she, herself, dictated to him the discourse they eventually had together, at the time she was seemingly walking alone.”
Whatever we’re grateful for increases. Being grateful for any success, however tiny, and we’ll experience greater success. Being grateful for the simple pleasures of life and we’ll be given more of them. Even in adversity there’s an opportunity to be grateful, grateful that we’re awake enough to recognize we have the power to make changes, to grow and expand.
And because gratitude has magnetic power, here’s a smart trick to magnetize more abundance.
At the end of every day, write down three good things that happened and say thank you.
Maybe you want to begin with the basics. Gratitude for your level of love security and well being.
You could feel grateful for your kids, your family, your friends, your pets.
You had a pleasant encounter in a store.
Your car is working well. Or travel, in any way, was easy.
You’re grateful for good service.
You had a lovely meal, no matter what it was.
Practice present moment gratitude…I do this one frequently throughout my day. I simply say thank you, thank you.
Be grateful for the sunshine, or the rain.
Every day practice pinpointing those little or large things to be grateful for.
I’ve been using this particular gratitude practice for some months now, and I find that it’s become so much easier and quicker for me to spot loads of things to be thankful for. I truly am grateful for small mercies, as my grandma used to say. And now, thanks to my friend, I’ve learned that being easily pleased is just another aspect of the gratitude trail I’m on.
[success]At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer [/success]
The bottom line
The practice of gratitude will rock your world. It’s a brilliant and effortless and dare I say instant way to have a huge impact on the way your life is working and as if that wasn’t enough, it’ll magnetize all those great things you desire to experience even quicker.
And there’s more: it feels wonderful to be grateful, and to savor our happy experiences on a consistent basis because this changes not only the course of one day, but of the whole week and before too long our entire life.
I know this really isn’t news to us, it certainly isn’t revolutionary, but it is a reminder to some of us who might need a gentle nudge to complain and worry less, and be thankful more often, because gratitude is the foundation stone upon which abundance is built.
We’d love to hear in the comments below any gratitude techniques or prayers you have, or maybe you’ve had fabulous experiences as a result of an attitude of gratitude.
As always, your point of view could make all the difference to someone in our global community.