Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Law of Gratitude

Wallace Wattles, in The Science of Success, describes the Law of Gratitude as:
the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite direction. The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you.

He goes on to say, "Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are."(Pg 46)

Where can you show or express more gratitude?
- in traffic
- as you experience difficulty
- when you hear of a tragedy or negative happening

What would you be grateful for in the above circumstances or those which are similar? How would that change the way you areseeing the world?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving and Change

I needed a break this morning: space to think and breathe. So, I decided to go out to rake some leaves. I love raking leaves, especially when the sky is blue, the air is crisp, the sun is shining and the downed leaves are still holding their colors tightly.

As my shoulders begin to complain to my arm muscles about the calming, repetitive motion, I remembered the Season of Gratitude post last year before Thanksgiving Day in the US. Thanking people you wouldn’t normally reach out to, such as those who collect your trash, felt so empowering to me. So, what am I going to do this year?

This year I am practicing the Art of Embracing Life’s Lessons. When I become aware that I am resisting something through judgment or defense, I practice asking, “What is my lesson here?” Many times I have surprised myself by learning that I still have an expectation of others to behave as I know I want to behave and when THEY don’t meet my (mostly unspoken) expectations, I start to hold it against them. That is, until I realize my mistake.

Here I am, raking leaves in the crisp autumn air and sun shine, reflecting on some recent lessons I was given to learn from. I have this sudden urge to come in and invite you to join me for the next week in thanking those in our lives that have taught us some of Life’s Lessons.

I will be sending Thank You notes to people in my life from whom I have gained a deeper understanding about myself and my impact on those around me. It's not the traditional show of gratitude for the "nice" things; it's gratitude for the tough stuff that helps me grow.

In other words, I will be acknowledging people for the challenges they brought to me from which I learned a life lesson. For instance, one person in my life repeatedly shows me where I have an opportunity to be more compassionate by being compassionate to me when I am not presenting my best self.

Will you join me? Will you thank someone, in your own way, for showing you things about yourself that, if improved, recognized, healed, addressed in any way, would bring out a better you?

And, will you share your experiences here so that others may recognize their opportunity in your realization?

For inspiration, watch Oprah’s Life Class episode 6, titled “when you know better, you do better.”

A good resource for writing meaningful thank you notes is the book, 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik