Gratitude is extremely important, but only if it's authentic. Sometimes, when times are tough, it's hard for people to find things to be grateful for. They tend to focus more on what they're lacking rather than on the things that they do have. If you can change your focus to what you do have, it will begin to expand and take your focus away from what you're lacking. I don't even know you and I'm sure that you have many things to be grateful for.
Let's see....you're reading this, so then you must have the ability to read. You must be smart or you wouldn't be comprehending this. You also have some form of internet connection. Are you thankful for your electric bill or phone bill? If you didn't have a bill, then you wouldn't have those luxuries. How about the clean water that you drink every day? Many people aren't that lucky. How about your family and friends? Do you appreciate them? OK, maybe not all family, but guess what....they're in your life for a reason.
The point that I'm trying to make is that you can be in debt up to your eyeballs, but there is still something to be grateful for. You can hate your job, but at least you have a job. You may not have a great car, but if it gets you where you're going be thankful. It's all about perspective. You can find good in anything, if you try hard enough.
Can we all agree that we have lived other lives before? How much better is your life now, then it was 200...300 years ago? Go back to the days before cars, washing machines or telephones. How much easier is life now? Would you rather do what you're doing now or help build the pyramids?
Gratitude is really important with the Law of Attraction, because it gives you power. It makes room for more good things to come into your life. It's the absence of doubt and fear. It's a good place to be, because it brings you closer to the vibrational alignment of what you want, rather than what you don't want. Stop right now and look at this moment. I'm sure that you can think of something to be grateful for. It will shift your vibration immediately.
“Spending two minutes a day being consciously, deliberately, mindfully grateful is perhaps THE secret to happiness and a longer life.”
~ Laszlo Bock, Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations
It's a great way to start your day, BUT again, only if it's authentic. Many of us start out with a very negative wake-up routine. For many of us, the first words out of our mouths are, "I don't feel like getting up" or "I don't want to go to work". Take a few minutes and try to figure out why you feel that way. Don't ignore it. Find the cause.
Then try to find some part of it that your grateful for and simply say "Thank you". Many of us aren't morning people. It may take a while to get used to this new beginning to your day, but little by little the days will begin to go much more smoothly. If you can begin each day with even a small amount of gratitude, things will change.
In the book "Conversations With God", by Neale Donald Walsch, God said that our prayers should be prayers of gratitude. Unfortunately, I believe that more people say please, please, please prayers, but "God" gave you free will. If he were to step in and "save" you, then he would be taking away your free will to experience.
All I know is that since I started reminding myself daily, my life has changed dramatically and quickly. It's actually rare for anything major to go wrong anymore.
It took a long time, but I finally realized something else. If our reason for coming here, was to have experiences, then we should be grateful for EVERY experience. Be grateful and appreciate the wisdom that you've gained. Even our challenges have meaning. We chose to go through them for a reason.
Appreciation and gratitude will shift you to a different timeline.
In the book: Conversations With God, Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch, Neale was told to be grateful in advance.
Neale asked, "But what if I am grateful to God in advance for something and it never shows up?"
The answer was, "If you are saying, "Thank you God for such and such," all the while being very clear that it isn't there in your present reality, you can't expect God to be less clear than you and so produce it for you."
You must have FAITH and KNOWING.
"This place of KNOWING is a place of intense, incredible gratitude. It is a thankfulness in advance."
"I tell you this: all you see in your world is the outcome of your idea about it."
A blog post on Psychology Today, "The Seven Best Gratitude Quotes".
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