Unlocking the Fullness of Life

–by Melody Beattie and Guri Mehta (Nov 27, 2013)

DC_Mia's-GrandmaWe learn the magical lesson that making the most of what we have turns it into more. […]
Say thank you, until we mean it. Thank the Universal Love, life, and the Cosmos for everyone and everything sent your way.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power. We can start with whom we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.

Say thank you, until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it. […]

Gratitude not only allows us to tune in to all the ways that we are constantly receiving, but it also helps dissolve fear, anger, envy, and arrogance. Just as lighting a single candle chases away the darkness, gratitude and suffering cannot co-exist in our hearts at the same time.

Gratefulness calls forth on blessings in our lives, which are nurtured by the understanding that all life is inter-connected. There is an underlying energy that runs through all beings, and in moments of grace we can palpably feel that connection, that oneness. Gratefulness starts to open that door. […]

What do you have enough of? Who do you know that you can never repay? What inconvenience are you grateful for? What’s the best advice you ever received? Who helped shape your inner compass?  If this were your last day, how would you spend it? […]

[After a 21 day Gratitude Challenge] we were deeply touched to witness so many life-affirming reflections that came from asking these questions, and amazed by the openness with which people shared. Many stories came from deep personal experiences, vulnerabilities, and the inner strength that often accompanies them. It was a growing experience for all of us to see how a mindset of gratefulness can change the lens through which we see the world and recognize its gifts.

One such gift that resulted from the 21 Day was a beautiful song, “Grateful” by musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod. Produced [with a $0 budget] in less than a week by volunteers from around the world, this soul-stirring music video pays tribute to all the small and big things to be thankful for. “Grateful” is a celebration of the spirit and a love song to the Planet. 🙂

–Melody Beattie in The Language of Letting Go and Guri Mehta in Reflections After a 21 Day Gratitude Challenge. [Photo Above capturing inner and outer beauty by Rishio]


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