Exploring the Attitude of Gratitude
I have always known that the attitude of gratitude is often recommended when one is faced with some catastrophic illness or an untoward event where there is a feeling of losing control in one’s life. When these events occur, one looks around and sees where he or she may grasp upon a slice of life to rely upon.
A diagnosis of cancer inspires attitude of gratitude
One friend referred to her sudden diagnosis of cancer as suddenly being on a ship that was about to go down. Looking for a ballast to provide balance, and being always pro-active, she told me that surprisingly she landed upon listing the items in her life for which she experienced gratitude. In her case, she just needed to look over to where her husband was cuddling with their two year old daughter. As she allowed a feeling of gratitude to wash over her, she told me that in the midst of this trauma, she began to experience a silence, sense of peace and consequent empowerment.
Relying upon that place of peace, she was able to plot her recovery. I am happy to report that she did survive very well. However, she also told me that from this experience on, she began a meditative practice of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Every day when she woke up in the morning before anyone was awake, she would look around and give gratitude for what she saw around her.
Benefits of attitude of gratitude
It has also been reported that an attitude of gratitude eliminates worry because it reminds us of the abundance of the universe, which gives rise to the knowing that we do not stop being supported in our journeys even though it feels as if our lives have taken a major detour.
Most importantly, I believe that an attitude of gratitude brings us back to the present moment, to all that is working perfectly right now. Tomorrow may bring new difficulties, and new assaults on our serenity, but for now, we can feel a place of calmness within us.
Thanking Oprah for reminding us of practice of gratitude
Many people thank Oprah who, before she retired, would talk a lot about an attitude of gratitude and recommended journaling in a book every day of things that we were grateful for. Oprah’s talent was to bring into the mainstream old practices that suddenly took on new force and verve, what some might call a new perception of an old wisdom. How easy it is to forget those pieces of wisdom that are so obvious, but get crushed in the business of life.
Ram Das has also reminded us many times that when cultivating spiritual life, we must “love, serve and remember.” A practice of daily cultivating an attitude of gratitude, not only reminds us of what it means to be spiritual, but also will continue to inspire us.
Here are some products we may reach out for that will enhance our attitude of gratitude.
Here we see an exquisite picture of a Buddha making an offering to his Beloved with a stance of gratitude. This sepia toned card conveys a very profound feeling of gratitude to anyone fortunate enough to receive this card.
Any one of these items serve as reminders to always, even in the midst of trauma and upheaval, remember to cultivate an attitude of gratitude which can only assist us in recovering the self that brings peace to our lives.
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