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In a moment that lasted longer than the average moment as I was caught in the throws of resenting the arising of the situation, I fortunately recalled a reflection on everything is a gift. I looked for the gift. The opportunity to shift my perspective to one of acceptance then practice RAIN ( Tara Broch’s protocol ) was in front of me. Hopefully this practice in times of turmoil will become habit.
Able to ask and receive help…
Practicing gratefulness has allowed me to re-direct my focus. I have to say I am happier since I joined this site with a lot of aspects of my life . I no longer dwell on the negatives that life throws at me. I pause and pray about what changes I can make and accept what I can not. One of my supervisors recovered from Breast cancer for over 6 mos. She said to me not too long ago when I felt frustrated with something “Put positive thoughts into the universe”. I love this and try to think of that when I am having a frustrating moment.
Being deeply grateful for the opportunity offered offered opportunity. Things shifted from being left out to be really part of an event together with kindred hearts and allowed to actively sharing and shaping meditation sessions for the benefit of all present, and beyond. Deep and grateful joy rose when having been allowed to experience that the opportunity offered, that self confidence in some capacities to guide meditation would be justified and some long lost trust in self as well as in others started to build up again and hope met some real basis of joyfully participating in this joint venture and of getting deeply involved into the event.
In answer to today’s question I share a morning med from 2019.
Morning Meds Nov 21 2019 Choosing Gratefulness
We are not here to be in control or out of control but to lose control to the Spirit.
Good Morning, According to spiritual director and coach Colette Lafia, even when we are having a difficult time, there are many moments, opportunities, in our day for which to be grateful. She suggests practicing gratitude even when we are plagued with difficulties. She shares the following thoughts about gratitude: “I decided to let gratitude lead the way and to notice moments in my day when I could respond with gratitude by saying “Thank You,” or letting a feeling of gratitude fill my heart. Wow! I discovered that even when I was having a difficult time, there were so many moments in my day to be grateful for: the gift of a friend’s supportive phone call, the help of my library volunteer, the taste of homemade carrot soup for lunch. Time and time again, I found myself saying thank you, thank you, thank you. By the end of the day, I noticed that holding both my difficulties and gratefulness left me feeling more centered and whole. By holding what appeared on the surface to be opposites, I was able to maintain an inner spaciousness. My difficulties didn’t disappear, but the generous spirit of gratitude filled my heart and eased the weight I was carrying.”
I can relate to what she says. For me, right now my difficulty is physical pain and physical limitations. Accepting my new normal is hard. The losses seem all encompassing and so my prayer has been a plea for wisdom and the willingness to learn, not run, from my circumstances.
I’m reminded of a spiritual teaching that I embraced long ago:
“We are not here to be in control or out of control but to lose control to the Spirit.”
And so I pray, Let me be open to what life is offering me in this moment, allowing it to nourish me. let me give grateful for this opportunity to grow.
In those occasions when I think or feel that I want more. But ladling some gratitude over the situation often shifts it to content with what is, as it is.
I proclaim myself to be a citizen in a non-sectarian stat. Living in a secular state of self-consciousness raising it by honoring, I acknowledge, and I discharge both my positive and negative e energy motions in a
Just yesterday, at a meeting of a group I belong to, a member commented on how he habitually notices what’s uncomfortable, lacking, unsatisfying or painful in his daily life . . . and glosses over what’s working well, or well-enough. I was able to identify. In the moment, I made a note to myself: “Notice the Good.” What a refreshing perspective!
Yesterday on the question about what I’m waiting for, I said I’m waiting for my jaw to stop hurting from my trip to the dentist. It’s still aching this morning so I’m still waiting on that. But this question reminds me to be grateful that I have really good teeth in general (thanks, Mom and Dad, for that genetic gift), insurance to fund trips to the dentist, and very nice people at the dental practice I go to. None of those are small gifts.
In answer to my discomfort in the dental chair I came to the notion that I needed the habit to, at some point in the dental procedure to practice gratitude for the dentist and the hygienist and the assistant and the admin staff.
the dentist I have an appointment with today is retiring but I think It’s the will Providence, is good ideally we have medically trained personnel who’re doing the good work.
For whateverr reasons, I become impatient with myself, or my husband – and even my dog and cats…and then thinking of how Blessed I am in so many aspects changes my mood and perspective. I am Blessed to have my husband and my animals and so very happy we all are presently in good health- have food and a home to call our own. How can I not be grateful. I am ever so grateful to have this site and all of you to remind me to reflect and live a greateful life.
Follow your bliss.
I agree wholeheartedly!
As I sit here at 5am, getting ready for
another long day, and I practice gratitude,
my attitude shifts from self pity to
gratefulness. I have much to be grateful
for. I am grateful for the work and the
ability to perform physically and mentally.
I am grateful to be able to provide for
myself and my lovely wife. I am grateful for
my friend and business partner Marty.
And I’m grateful for this opportunity to
share with you here and the time to
I’ve had a good bit of fearful thoughts lately as I’m about to leave my timeclock job to work for myself. Choosing gratitude for the opportunity and the way the path has opened up for us makes it easy to feel that fear and then let it go, trusting that it is all happening as it’s supposed to.
Relatively speaking of fear, courageous.. because the opportunity is the opposite emotion.
Being grateful always shifts a negative mindset to a positive one in no time !
Antoinette, that is so true!
Having learned to be grateful has transformed my life and shifted my perspective on everything. I now take nothing for granted. I say thank you to this site for helping me come to this point. I am almost 70 years old, it has taken me a long time to come to this point. As Willie Nelson said, “When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around “. 🦢💖🌈
So very true!
I can let myself get wound up with little daily annoyances. Before the complain train gets up a good head of steam, though, I try to pause to remember the abundance in my life. The annoyances may still be there, but they are suddenly dwarfed by a wider perspective.
In the past 10 months or so since I began my day reflecting on the “Daily Question” my perspective has changed for just about everything. I no longer think “I have to this or that task”. I now think “I get to do this or that task”. So many people in this world have so much less and endless burdens and obstacles just to have food and water for the day. I am truly grateful for my life and loved ones.
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