Attitude of Gratitude

February 18, 2010

Our attitudes define our lives. We train ourselves to think in a particular way since childhood. And many thought patterns become fixed as we grow. Can you take an honest review of your thought patterns? See if they border more toward the negative or positive.

If positive is your answer, you are living in a world of great power. If you honestly answered negative, you are missing the best part of life! Changing your mindset is not difficult when you practice it. Start by being thankful.

Eckhart Tolle,  the author of the Power of Now, once said:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”

That is the most powerful way of bringing miracles in your life. A gratitude journal is a good place to start. Make entries (daily if you can) about things you are grateful for.

If you have been a melancholy person till now, you might not see many things to thank for initially. This is because you have limited vision as yet. Not to worry. This practice makes sure you open your heart and attract all the good things into your life. You will realize life’s fullest potential through your attitude of gratitude. Even when apparent difficulties arise, you will see advantage or lessons in them. It helps you grow as a person. Be thankful for that.

Open your gratitude journal in the morning and thank the Universe for things in your surroundings, things from the day before or things that are to come. This will set the tune for the rest of the day.

As you continue with your day, you will start to notice things that you want to include in your journal later one. Suddenly, your mindset shifts to focusing on good things coming your way. Then, before you go to bed, make a list all the things that happened to make you day wonderful.

  • I am grateful for (write about any completed task) today.
  • I am grateful for being able to help (anyone) in (anything, be it a small favor) today.

You end up sandwiching your day to day tasks with great thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, this takes discipline, but the rewards are great. This exercise tunes you with the source that returns more good thoughts and things. Invest your time in polishing your attitude of gratitude and the world will deliver all you desire.