Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Gratitude

True ForgivenessI recently posted about self-forgiveness, which is something that has contributed greatly to any iota of mental “health” that I may be experiencing in this time of my life.  I believe it’s truly something that is one of the keys to nirvana (or even just simple happiness and fulfillment).

Recently, I’ve learned that gratitude is possibly another one of those keys. With our unbelievably busy lives, rife with expectations, goals and failures, sometimes it’s really hard to feel grateful. It’s not even something that crosses our mind, let alone our to-do list.

So, knowing this, I decided to do a little experiment, and I decided to sit still, close my eyes, give my busy monkey mind permission to go play on the swingset, think of passing thoughts as passing clouds (that go unnoticed), and focus on the word gratitude. Say thank you, to myself, my home, my shoes, the sounds of passing cars, anything I was conscious of in that moment, but MOSTLY, thank you to ME, for being me, the me that got me here, the me that keeps me happy.

And you know what happened?  I became overwhelmed with a feeling of euphoria.

I think these feelings are catching.

Please, if you have a chance, try this exersize.  Maybe if we all do this every day, we’ll all see more magic happening all around us.

2 comments for “Gratitude

  1. nicole
    March 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I love your post and the idea that forgiveness, gratitude, and happiness are all linked. Did you ever hear of The Happiness Advantage? I’ve talked about it on here before after watching it, you can find it on youtube. I think it’s really interesting and it’s mostly based on gratitude. A big part of it is “21 days of Gratitude”, during which you journal and/or meditate on 3 things you are grateful for each day for 21 days, ultimately creating a shift in your thought pattern. It’s also the idea that people who understand true gratitude and who make a conscious effort to practice it actually have a kind of “edge” in life, and the realization that happiness as a cause-and-effect result only is incorrect. With conscious practice of gratitude we can CHOOSE happiness regardless of the circumstances and events in our lives.

    • Mere
      March 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

      That is very interesting, I will check it out, thanks for sharing! Since I started being really conscious of negative thought patterns, I feel like I’ve been let in on some kind of secret, and I see the world in totally different way now. It’s a huge relief, like a weight has been lifted. I hope everyone can experience this.