“As within, so without. As above, so below”
Hermes Trismegistus, author of Hermetic Corpus
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
This is the time of year we here in the United States we take a day to celebrate Thanksgiving, Beyond the specific story behind our holiday this can be an opportunity to celebrate to power of gratitude as a practice and a way of being.
As we navigate the stressors, challenges, gains and losses of our life it is easy to lose sight of or truly feel the positive aspects of our lives. When this happens we can succumb to taking these positives for granted or forgetting them entirely. If this happens it can lead us toward a spiral of negativity and potential neglect toward those aspects and people we love and enjoy in our lives. Losing the experience of gratitude in our lives can rob us of some wonderful positive feelings that can in turn limit our experience of happiness. When that happens we can feel our lives become more limited and any awareness of the possibilities life has to offer can be diminished.
Aa powerful way to combat the pitfalls described above is to develop a habit or practice of consciouslynoting and ppreciating the good things and people we love in our lives. In other words, a habit of practicing gratitude.
Like any Yoga or other healing practice, incorporating this practice of gratitude can offer more than to simply induce positive feelings. It is can be way of changing ourselves and our habits within to see and operate in our lives from a new mindset entirely. Many of those who cultivate this practice report gratitude practices offer a strong foundation of seeing the world in terms of abundance, rather than lack or limitation. Moreover, as in the quote above by Melodie Beattie the practice can reorient our world view and experience in more profound ways.
In order to create a gratitude practice that can allow us to create change from outside in, we are consistently and consciously linking grateful feelings with what is we love in our lives now. This can create and develop the intentions, habits and actions to maintain and build upon these aspects.
Even more remarkably, many who formally practice gratitude do so not to simply experience grateful feeling toward what is in their life now, but also direct gratitude towards what they want but don’t yet have in their lives. Doing so regularly steers them in the direction of clear and positive intention and actions to bring these things into their lives. In other word the practice o gratitude changes them over time. All this can be done with an aim toward toward manifesting something important to the individual, whether it be financial or material abundance, other lifestyle enhancements or more spiritual aspirations.
As with any effective Yoga or change practice done with clear intention commitment and consistency the goals of change in our day to day lives may be realized from very real changes within the deeper Self.
Those who practice gratitude caution that whether and how we are able to manifest what we are seeking in its particular is always an unknown and not as important as these deeper changes we make to ourselves. It is the changes that the practice can bring to to anyone of course, but especially to one who is momentarily or habitually struggling with a sense of lack or limitation in their lives that is the true gift here. Therefore, the practice of gratitude is not magic per se, but instead is behind the magical effect of working skillfully in accordance with very deep principles and laws of the mind and body to bring the positive changes to how we see, know and act the world.
There a many wass to simply add this work to your life in routine ways. Some resources are: