If there were a magic pill that would solve all your problems, would you take it? Well, there is a way of thinking that lifts up our lives, and is easy to swallow as well. Whether you are fighting depression, stress, or feelings of lack, deep gratitude is your best defense.
In 1910, Wallace Wattles wrote, “Gratitude alone can lead our minds back toward the source of all things.” “Gratitude alone” can mean “only gratitude” can lead us back, or it can mean “gratitude all by itself.”
Both ideas are worth exploring. Only gratitude has such power to short circuit our negative thoughts, and redirect us from wallowing in self pity, or our imagined fears. And only gratitude can draw us away from concentrating on what we don’t have, and open ourselves up to what might be.
When we are dealing with stress, or feeling unable to attract money into our lives, we become stuck in our current situation.
Wattles explains that without gratitude, “you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.” Good Vibe Coach Jeannette Maw calls this “being addicted to reality.” We hang on so tightly to our problems that we allow no room for the happiness we really want. Our dissatisfied thoughts imagine our only future as just more of today. And we continue repeating the same negative emotions and ideas.
It’s not hard to be thankful for good things. But sometimes, we just forget. So we need to cultivate our awareness of our blessings. There is not a moment in our lives that doesn’t have something good in it. We need to seek those things out and be grateful. Wattles wrote:
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you: and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
The writings of every major faith emphasize gratitude. There are Sutras of gratitude, it is part of Islam, and St. Paul wrote, “in everything give thanks.” The benefits all return to us.
But how can we give thanks when everything seems out of control? First, recognize that today’s turmoil may be tomorrow’s blessing. After all, who has not had a failed romance that seemed like the end of the world, only to realize later that escaping it was the best thing that could have happened?
Keep little disasters in perspective. Think of families who have lost everything in a tornado or other tragedy. We see them smile tearfully because they are so grateful that their loved ones are still alive. And it is their gratitude that will enable them to rebuild. Can we do less?
So, look around you. What can you be grateful in this moment? Then in an hour or so, ask yourself again. And again. Until it hits you, that you are grateful for it all.
A free e-book of Wallace Wattles’s The Science of Getting Rich is available for download at www.thesecret.tv.
Maw, Jeannette, LOA for the Real World.