It’s not happy people who are grateful;
its grateful people who are happy.
“Gratitude is my superpower” – I had made this statement a while back while contemplating about bringing some of it in my life. I started out by writing a gratitude journal in which I began to write down all the things I was grateful to have. This was no easy task as the first thing that comes to mind are things that I don’t have or stuff that’s not going right in my life.
Gradually, I began to consciously note down two things every night that I was grateful for in that day. I started to focus on things that were happening in my life and how they were good for me. Just simple things like being able to eat the food that I want or pick up the phone and speak to a loved one – these were enough to start to ground me.
Before I knew it, I was making simple affirmations and things were falling into routine around them. No – it wasnt like I was waving a magic wand ( I wish); rather I was working hard to make things happen. Hard because I was sifting through things really important and why I would want them. I was questioning myself on everything that seemed out of sync or just out of reach.
Something clicked! I started seeing blessings everywhere and my wants lessened. My cribs were starting to dim and I found that I was becoming a quieter person on the outside. In fact someone commented to me “You seem withdrawn” – I hastened to assure that all was well and I was just absorbing things rather than pouring them out.
And that’s the truth – I have quieted down! No longer excited over the slightest slight but let news, issues, stuff just sink through my consciousness; then analyse it into for me and not for me sections. Not for me is just discarded ( all the breathing exercises help) while the other relevant bits are processed further while meditating. It’s not an easy process and takes me time; sometimes frustrations manifest as I can’t decide if its important or not. But then calmness prevails.
I have worked out a simple funda – if it bothers you too much; ignore it by sleeping on it. Next morning, sift again and see if it’s still bothering me; if yes, then time for some more introspection.
Whats your attitude of gratitude?
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