GRATITUDE. I am grateful for all without conditions.
So often we wait to have what we want before feeling thankful. In this case, we may be waiting a long time. To jump-start the flow of blessings in our life, we practice gratitude at all times, even for the things that might appear negative. When we can be truly grateful for everything that happens, the good or the bad, we will find that our lives gradually improve. It may be challenging at first to find the silver lining in every situation, but once this habit of gratitude becomes a part of us, we will be pleasantly surprised by what opens up for us. We can begin by expressing appreciation for the basics like food and shelter and for small things that we can easily acknowledge. From there, we can allow our gratitude to grow and when it does, we shall be ready for even better things to come our way.
Try saying this affirmation and expressing your sincere gratitude for all that is in your life:
I am grateful for the gift of life and all my many blessings. I am grateful for family and friends and a place to live and food to eat. I am grateful for the Earth and the spirit of life. I am grateful for the sun that shines every day and for all the life it creates. I am thankful that I can learn and grow from experiences I may not even have wanted, but that allow me to open up to a greater awareness of myself and my world. I am grateful for love that flows to me and through me. I see all as support for the journey that is my life.
May your life be blessed during this time as many gather together to celebrate the holy-days. From that first Thanksgiving when Native Americans shared what they had, we remember the gifts of our life and hope to share with others in need, both near and far.
(The picture above is Dean Evenson creating Peace Through Music with Native American friends taken a few years ago).
You can hear this Gratitude affirmation spoken by Dudley Evenson on these Soundings of the Planet releases: MEDITATION MOMENT: 52 WEEKLY AFFIRMATIONS (CD) and A YEAR OF GUIDED MEDITATIONS (DVD). It is also available as a DailyOM online course: ‘A Year of Guided Meditations‘.
*And in gratitude, when you comment on our blog, we’ll send you a free mp3 track of our music. Have a happy day!