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  1. O.Christina

    Gratitude changes all of what is perceived. In this moment, I am with a dear friend and later I will meet my father who is 93 years of age and has found another partner after my mother died 2 years ago. Me and my sisters are happy with him and grateful that they have met and feel for each other, that they enjoy each others company and as well their individual needs when being on their own again also. It makes me happy to see him happy, and it calms me, as I know I would worry much more otherwise about him. Gratefulness warms my heart and theirs also. It does not lessen my love for my mother while in the mean time, it enriches the moment with the love given.

    8 months ago
  2. M
    Maria

    being grateful right now is allowing me to take a pause in the day and really reflect on everything i have accomplished so far. sometimes i get so wrapped up in my own mind and work that i forget how far i have come!

    8 months ago
    1. Carol

      I relate!

      8 months ago
  3. Joan

    Gratitude in this moment helps me slow down and celebrate a deep inhalation and exhalation, the power and the miracle of the breath, and the awareness that the Me inside me is observing and celebrating my breath.

    8 months ago
  4. Hot Sauce

    Being grateful right now is helping me to see that everything I am experiencing in each moment is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and wisdom.

    8 months ago
  5. M
    MemoPC

    I didn’t get the coffee gene and seem to be
    sensitive to too much caffeine in my system so I get to be grateful coffee doesn’t stain my teeth 😂.
    Seriously gratitude always helps me see
    that things could be worse.
    Whatever I am struggling with shifting my attention to gratitude always gives me a boost. It doesn’t change the details but it reinvents my mind.

    8 months ago
    1. Carol

      Love it…”Whatever I am struggling with shifting my attention to gratitude always gives me a boost. It doesn’t change the details but it reinvents my mind.”

      8 months ago
  6. Don Jones

    It fuels an awakening. What, after all, is Awakening, Enlightenment, Realisation? Awakening from what? Enlightenment as to what? Realisation of what?It is waking up from all my dreams and imaginings and preconceptions, becoming enlightened as to the given facts, realising what I clearly am in my first-hand experience right now. It is being perfectly honest to myself about myself, at last. It is having the courage and effrontery, even the idiocy – to go by what I see, instead of by what I am told. It is questioning all mental habits and conventional assumptions, however common-sensible or sanctified. It is total open-mindedness, transparency, simplicity, and taking nothing for granted. In one word, it is discovery.What is to be discovered is my own nature. Who am I? Only I am in a position to find out, because everyone else is elsewhere, off-centre. Only I can investigate what it is to be me.

    8 months ago
  7. Sinda

    If I can help my mind just with the right coping skills, I might be as happy then, as I am now

    8 months ago
  8. Kylee

    I have a note on my desk that says “I HAVE to” which is crossed out and it says “I GET to” I always seem to be overwhelmed with the amount of things on my to do list each day. But really its simple. I get to go to work, I get to do the dishes, I get to go grocery shopping, I get to pay my bills etc. That mindset has changed my view immensely.

    8 months ago
    1. Michele

      Thanks for this awesome reminder 😊

      8 months ago
  9. Chester

    On a tight schedule today with family vacation activities and tempting to focus on the limited time, schedule and concerns with getting off schedule – however, so much to be grateful for in this moment – in a warm room, surrounded by family in the mountains – will work to retain this perspective (while still trying to stay on schedule!).

    8 months ago
  10. Samuel

    I suffer from chronic A-fib. It gets a little more debilitating as the days pass. Waiting for some needed surgery gets a little harder as the days pass. But I have found that a sense of gratitude for the fact that my condition COULD BE so much worse (life-threatening instead of simply debilitating)
    allows me to maintain a better attitude and to better cope with the daily trials of living with it than when I slip into a “poor me, why me?” attitude. That only serves to magnify the problem, not to deal with it. Gratitude is indeed a wonderful salve for Life’s sorest hurts and trials…

    8 months ago
  11. Charlie T

    Practicing gratitude is my attempt to have more balance in my perception. My brain automatically goes to struggle, suffering, and conflict. When I really do this practice, I sometimes feel like I’m filling my heart with appreciation, beauty, and love. I’m glad to see other people here have so much gratitude for coffee. I have felt a little silly for my love of coffee, but I see I’m not alone. I have meditated on it and thought of every step, every person, every process that it went through to get to me. There’s so many people and phenomena to be grateful for.

    8 months ago
  12. Patricia

    In this very moment? I’m grateful for heat in our northwoods home. Yes, winter is long and I’m looking out at snow still piled everywhere. I am weary of it, but grateful that I have shelter, and live with a man I love in a place where my heart is at home.

    8 months ago
  13. alara

    I am lost in words here. Thankfulness is me looking out and appreciating. Gratefulness is given to me – a gift. It speaks to my heart and floods my being.

    8 months ago
  14. Holly in Ohio

    I love the morning when a new day is before me. I hope to make the most of this day.

    8 months ago
  15. Carol

    I live with a sense of gratitude but it never hurts to pause and voice it. It’s a good way to start each day.

    8 months ago
  16. Howie Geib

    At this point gratitude is fairly habitual. I suppose there is a shift in my perception of Source when I am more consciously grateful. Without thinking about it I consider myself ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate’. When in fact it is a matter of my being receptive to being open and available to be used as a conduit. I am not really sure I have ever considered that I have a single purpose here, on the planet I mean. And yet, that may be it: to be useful. And I have to get out of the way for that to even be remotely possible, and that is a shift in perspective. Gratitude is a platform for the servant disposition required to do that.

    8 months ago
  17. Laura

    Gratitude shifts me into a sense of fullness in the moment. It’s the difference, for example, between noticing the buds on trees to seeing each tightly wrapped bud ready to burst with the thrum of new life.

    8 months ago
  18. devy

    A sense of gratitude negates any negative thoughts that cross my mind and helps me live in the present, appreciate all that I have or experiencing thus bringing feelings of acceptance and contentment to me.

    8 months ago
  19. Maurice Frank

    A sense of gratitude can help me question and re-interpret my reactions to this moment.

    8 months ago
  20. c
    carol

    acceptance — gratitude for this human capacity of acceptance; I’m hoping will enable me to have compassion for my failings and then gratitude for the human capacity to advance beyond them– use the failing as a stepping stone to greater wholeness– see what happens

    8 months ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    My perspective in this moment is good. Really good! We had a terrible storm last night with tornado warnings. Same thing happened the night before, but last night was very scary. I don’t usually get scared, but I was. I prayed for our safety, and for the safety of our community.

    I’m incredibly grateful to be safe this morning. I’m grateful everything looks normal outside, even if the back is a bit flooded. I hope all of my town is okay, too.

    8 months ago
    1. Michele

      Glad you’re okay!

      8 months ago
    2. Laura

      Glad you’re OK, sunnypatti.

      8 months ago
  22. Mary Pat

    My insomnia is active at the moment, so to be grateful for this is difficult. I am grateful that I am working on this, and am now going back to bed-and for that I am grateful!

    8 months ago
  23. EJP

    A sense of gratitude would remind me of all that I am and all that I have, creating a quiet peace in this given moment.

    8 months ago
  24. Kevin

    I try and make it a point throughout my day to pause, in the tiniest of moments, to remind myself to be grateful for whatever I might be experiencing at that point in time. And frequently, it’s like opening a window to fresh air, or walking out of a self-imposed mental fog into the sunshine, where the landscape of my imagination changes to something new and far reaching, with possibilities of thought and action previously unknown.

    8 months ago
  25. Michele

    Right now I am very tired so my gratitude is for whomever manufactured my coffee.

    8 months ago
    1. Kevin

      Yes-Yes, Michele! Thanks for reminding me to go turn my coffee pot on to… “magic!”)

      8 months ago
  26. Christine

    Hope gives me perspective. I am a hopeful person. So when I feel grateful for the hope I feel, gratitude gives me a sense of perspective.

    A complicated sentence and answer.😂

    8 months ago
  27. Antoinette

    This question is assuming I don’t already have a sense of gratitude- gratitude is present in me right now and it’s helping me see the Beaty of life.

    8 months ago
  28. Carla

    Cultivating a grateful heart happened years ago. I know All is Gift, All is Grace. And as Julian of Norwich said “All shall be well…”

    8 months ago
  29. Iamme

    Gratitude has taken up an almost permanent residence within me, so no shift required right now. It has to take something very challenging and stressful to push gratitude out of sight for a while.

    8 months ago

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