Why Gratitude Is Magic

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“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”
–Lao-Tzu

Having gratitude is one of the ways that we heal and transform the fastest. It doesn’t require any equipment, it doesn’t require a teacher, it doesn’t require any money. All gratitude requires is for you to come each day with an open heart and ask yourself what are you grateful for?

Part of the reason we get depression and anxious is because we aren’t experiencing the present moment. If we’re depressed we are in the past, if we’re anxious we’re in the future. By focusing on gratitude it brings us back to the present moment. It works every time.

Gratitude is what reminds us that although everything may not be going the way we want it to, our job, our relationships, our finances, by focusing on the negative aspects of our life we dwell in more negativity. Gratitude helps to uplift us from this draining force of energy.

Gratitude is like aspects of baking a cake. You bake the cake, but for some reason it doesn’t come out as perfect as you hoped. You didn’t add enough flour, or not enough sugar, or maybe too much. So here you have this cake and you have to decide what to do with it. You can either throw it away and start over or you can decide to reshape the cake in a way.

You decide instead of throwing it out to make some frosting for the top. You spread the frosting on and test a piece of the cake and wow, that cake may not be perfect, but it just got a little more delicious. This is the magic of gratitude. It’s sweet and simple.

With gratitude you can’t expect to be grateful you can only be grateful. When we focus on our gratitude we focus on this very moment. In this very moment you exist, you are alive, and you have the ability to choose what you are grateful for.

It’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have, but it’s harder to focus on what you do have.

Gratitude is natural medicine. Gratitude is what keeps me grounded and keeps optimistic about what is to come in my life. It’s not happiness I am striving for, but gratitude. It is what keeps me humble.

Gratitude flows through me the less I seek and the more I just be.

What I have found from my travels around the world, and traveling in my own country, is the people that are the happiest are the most grateful. They may not be the richest in an economic sense, but they use gratitude as their own personal currency. 

Gratitude is an ancient, simple and powerful technique that I continue to use on a daily basis and it works every time and I am grateful for every step in my journey. Every day I find more room and love to grow and transform. Gratitude fills my cup with joy and my heart with love.

Gratitude is seeing a beautiful rainbow over the Grand Canyon after I drove through an hour of pouring rain and clouds so thick you couldn’t see the car in front of you. As I put my rain jacket on and walked out of my car, still pouring rain, I saw this beautiful rainbow.  It was in that moment that it didn’t matter that it was raining, that I would be camping in the rain, that I was exhausted from driving for hours. It was being in the presence of this rainbow that put everything in perspective for it. It was the icing to my cake. It was my magic. 

 

About the author

Ruth

Feeding The Heart is a blog and resource dedicated to empowerment for whole heart living after trauma. I’m a writer, trauma sensitive-informed yoga teacher, and a trauma survivor here to share my story and journey of holistically healing.

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