Attitude of Gratitude

For most of us reading this, there is much to be thankful for. For many around the world though, gratitude is a challenge in the face of daily struggles for food, water and shelter. Even today in this country, many fear an uncertain future as we sort through a shifting political landscape. Yet, when we look back in history, we see that past eras have been fraught with much greater issues of injustice, discrimination, and conflict.  We, as a society, have come a long way and despite what may appear on the surface, there is no turning back.

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Author Eat, Pray, Love

Fortunately, we do have tools available to us that can help us get through hard times, whether we are dealing with First World problems or Third World problems. Keeping an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is one of the most useful principles that can help us navigate the changing times we live in. Even being thankful for what we do not necessarily like or agree with can be very powerful. Needless to say, this is not an easy task because our natural reaction to any form of suffering is often denial and resistance.

So today, we offer this idea – Gratitude for Everything! The good, the bad, the sad and even the suffering. When we can keep our perspective focused on gratitude, we will be able get through life’s challenges much more easily. Being grateful for what is and not always focusing on what is not, will likely help move us in the direction of our dreams and allow us to manifest the best possible future. No one says it will be easy, but by really learning the lessons in each situation, we can move on much more quickly to a better future.

We wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving and hope you are able to enjoy it with family and friends. We wish the people at Standing Rock, North Dakota a safe time. May they stay warm and protected as they protest to protect their water and land. We thank the Native Americans who graciously welcomed and fed the Pilgrims so long ago. May all beings find peace and support as they go through the experiences and lessons life has to offer.

As always, we appreciate hearing from you. What are you grateful for? How do you cope with challenging situations? When you comment here we will send you a free mp3 of our music in gratitude!

12 thoughts on “Attitude of Gratitude

  1. Hi Lisa, thanks for your kind words of support and glad our music has played an important role in your life. Nice to know the music is destressing not distressing! Our aim in creating our music is to bring peace and it’s great to hear that it works. Peace Through Music blessings, Dudley

  2. Hi Dean and Dudley!
    This is the first time I have read your blog, although I have listened to your music nearly every single day for the past decade. It is the most peaceful, destressing music I have heard and it has carried me through hundred of work days, night times of trying to fall asleep, long flights all over the place, peaceful meditations when I had a hard time settling down, several times when I have experience great loss, and so many other times in my life when I just needed to find some peace and sense of well-being. Your beautiful music does the trick every time! I live in rural Snohomish County and consider you my northern neighbor, it is nice to know you are close by. I am grateful every time I listen to you music, grateful that you continue to share your peacefulness with others and bring a sense of calm to our hectic days. Thank you so much for sharing you beautiful gifts!

  3. Dudley I remember that office and courtyard too (on 1st ave?) because that’s where I met you and Dean once when I stopped by to buy some more of your music and a Peace Through Music bumper sticker. You guys had recently moved to Washington and you had stopped by so I was lucky to be there when you were. I remember how warm and friendly and happy you both were. I I had bought WindDancer and asked you guys to sign it. I remember my wife (now exwife) was so overcome by the beauty of the track, “To The Point” that it moved her to tears when she first heard it. (My kids say she still has that signed CD. 😉 It was one of those days that stay with you…and I’m grateful for the memory.

  4. Wow Tom, you go way back with us. Thanks for the memory of Soundings of the Planet’s lovely adobe courtyard offices in Tucson many years ago. That was a great era for us. Glad our music touched you then and thanks for staying with us to this day. Blessings, Dudley and Dean

  5. All I want is to say “Thank You” for all the years of beautiful healing peaceful music. You’ve made a huge impact on my life. I’ll never forget going into that music store on Campbell in Tucson and hearing “Ocean Dreams” on CD w/headphones. It was the 1st CD of ANY kind I’d ever heard…I was blown away. Anyway…Thanks!

  6. Sometimes we need to pull the wool off to see the underside of things in order to clean it. It’s a process. Keep the faith. Life will endure. Love you!

  7. Thanks, Dudley. Well said!
    So much to be thankful for, every second. More than I will ever know. We are probably lucky that some rather terrifying factors have surfaced for us, the First World. We will win again, and never return. Blessings and song

  8. Thanks Cindy. We are grateful to be able to share our Peace Through Music all these years. And looks like you do much the same. Keep up the music.

  9. Lotus, you are so right. Compassion for our adversaries or people we disagree with is the most difficult. I heed Christ’s words to ‘love your enemies.’ When we do that, miracles can happen. Blessings to you.

  10. Thank you so much for these words. Cultivating gratitude and compassion is not an easy practice but benefits all of us. Namasté

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