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What’s The Big Deal About Gratitude?

December 11, 2010

There’s a lot of talk about gratitude these days, from Oprah to books on the subject, to whole courses on the topic.  I have wondered if I could define the role gratitude plays in happiness, and until now I was confused about how to explain it.

A long time ago,  I did a course where a piece of our homework for one month was to write a thousand gratitudes.  I wrote and I wrote, and then I found myself stymied, thinking that I had run out of them after a few hundred.  It occurred to me that there were things so small that I took for granted, like eyelashes or pebbles, and for a few pages my list became hyper-focused on the tiniest stuff of life.

An amazing thing happened as I continued with the process…you’ve probably guessed it…I began to see my life through new eyes.  Every thing from the fact that I could breathe to the glass in my windows, from someone saying good morning to having a clean sheet of paper to write on…it all began to take on a new and incredible magic.  What was once neglected was suddenly my reason for rejoicing, and my joy grew.  My appreciation of life grew, and the appreciation was seemingly contagious.  People smiled at me more, gifts came my way, and money began to flow into my life more easefully.

It wasn’t all rosy, though.  There were still the things in life that irritated me, the people that annoyed or upset me, and the physical maladies that can sometimes plague us all.  But through my practice of gratitude, these upsetting parts of life became more tolerable, more manageable, and passed more quickly.

It is truly a practice, this thing called gratitude.  It’s not our normal training as humans to look for the good, to find a reason to be ecstatic, or to see a challenge or tragedy as cause for celebration.  It’s a discipline for someone seeking mastery or enlightenment.

Mastery and enlightenment require a diligence in the face of contraction from aliveness.  Breathing, which is the energy of the life force animating the flesh suits we acquire at birth, is excellent training for this practice of enlightenment.  We breathe in…expand into life and love…and we exhale…contracting into the letting go of life, or dying…expanding and contracting.  Our very existence trains us to be masters of many things including non-attachment.  Gratitude for life would mean gratitude for ALL of it…not just the so called “good things” we can weed out of the mundane we tend to focus on, but even what we may deem “bad” or “undesirable”.

My gratitudes began to take a turn somewhere in the middle towards the end of a thousand.  I found that I wasn’t just grateful for the people who made me smile and feel warm and fuzzy, but I was downright on my knees grateful for those who pissed me off, who irritated my expectations, and who reflected the parts of myself I’d rather not look at.  I was grateful for pain…which had previously been something I avoided at all costs…because pain let me know I was alive, and pain was such a fantastic backdrop for pleasure.  I was grateful for the all of life, not just the tiny gratitudes that had poured from  my pen in a desperate attempt to complete the assignment.  My journey of a thousand gratitudes did not stop that year…or ever.  I carry that particular gratitude exercise, given to me by a true master of enlightenment, to this day with a profound gratitude to her and to the lessons of living life with my heart wide open.

Take Your Awareness Higher

August 12, 2009

It all started with seeing the words “Higher Awareness” on a link somewhere online. I don’t even remember where. I clicked and I was hooked. Suddenly a world of wisdom, accessible teachings, and beautiful quotes were at my fingertips.

A cautious spender as well as a Taurean, I like to look into things before I leap. I subscribed to the free emails, and then I forgot about it. I found myself reading my emails daily, and becoming very inspired. Beautiful ideas began to surge inside of me, and I wrote elegant blurbs about spiritual well-being, practical tips about self improvement, and more….yes I was VERY inspired.

It takes some time for me to put two and two together usually. When I received one of these emails one day, I happened to have some extra time and clicked into their link. It was familiar…hmmm..oh yes, I had seen this before and been impressed. Then I remembered where all of these wonderful emails were coming from. Immediately I looked into their course list and was hooked. I subcribed to three online courses that included e-workbooks.

Very excited at my new discovery, I delved into the workbooks. These were not only good, they were FABULOUS. And so much knowledge at my fingertips about topics that could make a huge difference in my life! I have decided to share the wealth with all of you.

At first, I will admit I wanted to keep it a secret, but was reminded in my workbook that to share the joy is to open to even more joy. I sincerely hope that you can reap the benefits from this amazing website and the courses they offer. And I’d love to hear from you when you do!

Here’s my short review:

 

I cannot say enough good things about the Higher Awareness courses!  First, they have a mailing list you can join where you receive regular insightful and helpful emails about all kinds of wonderful information to expand your mind and spirit. 

Short and easy to read, these free little tidbits of email wisdom make my day and give me positive focus throughout my week.

 

The workbook course they offer on manifesting abundance is accessible to everyone.  It is laid out in a comprehensive, organized fashion.  The readings are straightforward and well written.  The exercises are easy to do and create lasting change.

 

The writers covered every aspect of prosperity that matters, including managing money, shifting thinking about it, and living with abundance as the groundwork for your life.  As a longtime student of Unity metaphysics, I was very impressed with this course!

 

For anyone looking to make some lasting changes on a deep level for a ridiculously small fee, don’t hesitate to go to the Higher Awareness website and subscribe.  They have a range of fabulous courses that will enhance your life in a myriad of ways, with lists and lists of choices.  Do you want to improve your time management?  They have a course.  Would you like to improve your relationship?  They have a course.

 

For a small monthly fee anyone can have complete access to all of the courses they offer.  Just go to http://www.higherawareness.com?a_aid=13e46203Take advantage of the work they’ve done to give you the very best in life-changing material and exercises and live your potential!


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