According to Google, Thank You” – is a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. I have discovered that this expression of gratitude can and has been the most powerful tool for transformation.
Religions have defined the practice of gratitude as the most profound expression of “divine love.” I believe that gratitude is the secret key that holds the power to transform even the unimaginable or manifesting amazing possibilities. Research has shown that gratitude not only changes the external energy in environments but the chemistry in our physical bodies. Practicing gratitude for me has given me the grace and courage to overcome challenges that never in my wildest dreams believed I could.
It is easy to express gratitude when receiving the promotion you worked so hard to get, or that gift you have always wanted. Or driving down any road here in the Berkshires on a crisp fall day and noticing the beauty and awe in the array of colors painted across or landscape. And if you are a kid, the unexpected snow day saving you from taking that math test you were unprepared for. But have you ever taken the time to thank the unsuccessful relationship that had to end, or the unplanned injury or illness. Perhaps the lost job or financial storm that caused major disruption in your lifestyle.
Martha Beck, a world renown Life Coach shares an exercise in her very popular book called “Steering by Starlight” – the science and magic of finding your destiny. In this book there is a very powerful exercise inviting one to discover their destiny by telling their story backwards. The exercise requires one to begin by identifying the three BEST things currently in their life. Then through a series of questions helps us to trace back how we came to deeply appreciate our most favorite thing today by identifying the BAD things that happened. It was a magical awakening for me to realize that one of my most favorite things in my life is the inspirational work that I am blessed to do every day came as a result of my parents not sending me to college! Or the appreciation that I have always had for my children, founded on my inability to conceive children until I was over 30. “When we change the way that we look at things , the things we look at change. This practice is a simple practice of adopting the attitude that it is not happening to you but for you. A lesson I learned from Dr. Wayne Dyer.
So before you decide to allow the event or experience to defeat you (or your loved one) I urge you to look for the gift in the adversity. Ask yourself what is it here to teach me and how can I let go of the outcome allowing the universe to lead me to another path or doorway. I promise you may experience your life in ways you never thought possible!
I invite you to watch this inspirational video on gratitude watched by 4 million people. I am sure you will want to share it with your friends.
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