Wheat fields at Lawson Hall, Ireland.
Gratitude is important. It opens the way to more abundance. Too often we spend our time complaining about what we don’t have. I think that is human nature, and that’s ok. But how about trying this approach? Every time you find yourself complaining, just try to find one small thing to be grateful for. You opened your eyes this morning didn’t you? You took a breath didn’t you? Maybe your dog licked you face because he is grateful for YOU. You smiled didn’t you? You don’t have to be obnoxious about it and you don’t have to go around shouting it to the rooftops. It can be silent. After all it is for you! Right now I’m grateful I have this magical iPad to get this message out to the universe! And I’m grateful that I have a brain that can type the letters and form these sentences.
To remind myself to be grateful, I set a daily alarm on my phone. It goes off at noon each day and it simply reads “gratitude.” Small thing, big reminder. Do what works for you. The following is an excerpt from the writings of David Simon, co-founder of the Chopra Center. Wise words.
Gratitude Reminder from David Simon
Editor’s Note: We are grateful to Chopra Center co-founder Dr. David Simon, who gave from his heart and offered so much healing wisdom to the world. In this special message from one of his many writings, David encourages us to celebrate the gift of this human incarnation.
Each day is an opportunity to celebrate life – to pay attention to the little things that make life worthwhile – the songbirds at dawn, the scent of a baby’s hair, your partner’s loving embrace.
How do we cultivate an attitude of celebration and appreciation? Whatever we put our attention on grows stronger in our life. If we continually focus on what is wrong, we will spend most of our time in emotional pain. If we focus on what’s going well, we will find ourselves celebrating.
Start paying attention to all the little things that go well. You didn’t get into a traffic jam on your way to work. You heard a favorite song on the radio. Your computer did not crash all day. You witnessed a beautiful sunset. You shared a loving conversation with your spouse. You’re still inhaling and exhaling. Each time that something goes well, celebrate. Each time that something doesn’t go as badly as anticipated, celebrate some more.
There will always be unexpected bumps in the road of life, but you can learn to ride out the rough spots and enjoy the smooth patches. As you cultivate an attitude of appreciation and celebration, your life will feel increasingly magical and precious.