Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Grateful always..

Have you ever felt like life has given you so much that sometimes you're wondering whether you're good enough to receive everything? I am feeling it now. I feel like I am so bless and so lucky to have such a life that I am having now. I feel so grateful and I can do nothing except to spread the fortunate that I have now to those in need and to always say thank you and fill my life with gratitude feelings always. Just like a "pay-it-forward" concept. You always have to help other people when other people help you. It's like a chain that you cannot break.

I know that when we f
eel grateful about things and always say our gratitude, life will look to us and feel grateful too. You don't have to feel grateful only if you have good things going on in your life, but we can always be grateful when something bad happens to us. This means that we always have to look for the reason behind the things that happened to us. Not all bad things are bad, sometimes we have to be in a not-so-good situation in order for us to see the good side of it and to enable us to things that never crossed our mind before. Whatever it is, stay grateful. Don't ever say that life has treated you bad, don't ever compare your life to others. We all have our own path. If we do good, the good things will come back to us eventually.

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick,
at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."
- Buddha

Here's a short article about feeling grateful:

Gratitude is a gift you give yourself, no matter what it is that you are grateful for. What are you grateful for? What in your life do you appreciate? Stop for a moment and bring to mind something that you are truly grateful for, that you deeply appreciate. As you are thinking of this, notice how you feel. Notice the smile that is beginning to turn up the corners of your mouth. Notice how your body relaxes and opens up. Notice how happy you feel. How would your life be different if you experienced gratitude more of the time?

Gratitude is a feeling, one of those high order feelings that brings us back home to ourselves and lines us up on all levels - physical, mental and spiritual. It gives us a sense of peace and a sense of connection with ourselves, others, a Higher Power and with all of life. It restores our faith that we are being taken care of, and that the nature of life is abundance. It opens our eyes to possibilities and to the opportunities that we are given every day, both large and small.

Gratitude is a natural medicine that enhances our physical health. The feeling of gratitude changes us on a cellular level. Joan Borysenko, world-renowned expert in mind/body medicine, said that a sense of peace and gratitude is accompanied by biochemical changes in our neuropeptides, immune system and cardiovascular system that are consistent with health and well-being.

Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. The more you are grateful, the more you discover you have to be grateful for. I keep a gratitude journal and every night before I go to sleep I write down 10 things I am grateful for. Over time, I have come to feel as if I'm just getting started when I get to "10." It is a universal law that we always get more of what we give our attention to. The more we focus on what we are grateful for, the more we are given to be grateful for. Gratitude attracts greater abundance into our lives.

Gratitude is a way of being.
(article by Reggie Odom from ezinearticles - images from here, tumblr and here)