Mastering Gratitude

gratitude

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

I recently received a question from one of my amazing readers and I wanted to share the answer with everyone.

The question: How do I master gratitude?

Short answer:

Through living in the moment and acting out appreciation.

Long answer:

First, and foremost, I meditate on everything in my life and how it brings knowledge, inspiration or joy.  I really dig down to the root of feelings for it doesn’t have to be something that brings instant happiness for me to be grateful; it could be the rain that I am grateful for so I can appreciate the flowers, vegetables and fruits it nourishes.

After meditation, I often write a daily gratitude list.  This gratitude list helps me to reflect and stay inspired.   In turn, I often email it to my friends and family.   The act of sharing helps keep me motivated and accountable.

This is part of my gratitude list this morning:

1) the breeze

2) wildlife

3) music

4) devotion

5)Small acts that lead me to freedom

By making my list daily, I am able to appreciate the world a little more every day.  I am fortunate to be able to show my appreciation through my beliefs and choices.   The appreciation I display brings awareness and moments of reflection to everyone involved.  Essentially, it builds and evolves harmony.

What are you grateful for?  How do you document your gratitude?  Do you write it out, take pictures, use spoken words?  How do you appreciate?

Please read the following article to learn more about how to bring gratitude into your life and the benefits: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2011/November/in-praise-of-gratitude

Thank you for reading.

Happy Wednesday,

Brooke

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