Cultivating Gratitude

Why is it so difficult to appreciate the mundane things in life? The smell of coffee in the morning or a beautiful day outside?

We keep thinking of the things that are not going well for us rather than the ones that are! 

If you find yourself doing the same thing, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

We are simply wired to see the negatives for the sake of survival. 

We spend more time and attention on unpleasant things around us. They start to occupy quite a bit of our mind and with time, we become dissatisfied.

Have you ever noticed yourself saying things like ‘This is boring!’, ‘She is mean!’, ‘It is hot!’, ‘This is not enough!’, ‘The food is not tasty!’ and so on.

One simple and beautiful practice of gratitude can help to change this habitual nature of our mind. It teaches us to notice and appreciate the things that we are blessed with. 

Come, let us begin our practice of gratitude right away.

Practice: 

In this practice, you will make a conscious attempt to remember the good around you. You will try to appreciate it by feeling thankful for it.

  1. Start by closing your eyes and take three deep breaths. All the while try to be mindful of your breathing. It will create some space in your mind and help you to think clearly.
  2. Now think about the things that you are glad about. It could be something that happened today or something that is a part of your life. It could also be someone in your life like someone in your family, a pet or a friend or an activity.
  3. Whatever it is that makes you happy, take a moment to imagine it. See a picture in your mind’s eye about it. Thank life for giving it to you.
  4. Smile gently, and then open your eyes.

Take out 5 minutes everyday to experience gratitude in your life!

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