Friday, March 15, 2013

Attitude & Gratitude

Ever stop to think about why you are living this life? Or do you find fault with nearly everything around you? If we are constantly complaining, how will we ever find joy? Gratitude is one of the best ways to improve our attitude. One can not feel troubled and grateful at the same time. The two energies oppose each other. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change." A shift in perspective, from a negative one to a positive one, can make all the difference.

A negative attitude fills the mind with worry and fear. It unleashes stress within the body, mind, and spirit; it wears us down and takes its toll in various ways. If we spend our time creating a vision of an unhappy future, we help create that future. How scary is that? Our thoughts guide our decisions. What we gain from visualizing the worst outcome is more stress, more worry, and more fear. This can be absolutely paralyzing, thus ruining our moment-to-moment happiness.  This opens our bodies up to a host of ailments and illnesses, and in extreme cases death. Making the conscious decision to move from the realm of negativity to positivity will allow our desires and intentions to achieve the best possible result.

A positive attitude fills the mind with love and gratitude. It unleashes a wave of goodness within us that begins to flow outward into every area of our lives. Things begin to take on more meaning, and we begin to feel better as our level of vibration increases. We begin to heal and grow into wholeness. The change may be small at first, but as we improve, we start to make a difference in our lives and in the world. We make a positive difference by what we choose to do.

One way to begin this process is to make a gratitude list. Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Turn off the TV, your cell phone, and anything that may distract your concentration. Make a list of at least ten things for which you are grateful. You may start with basic necessities like having food to eat, a warm bed, and so on. Then grow your list as you examine the more meaningful and personal areas of your life. Family. Friends. Pets. Health. Work. Leave no area of your life unexamined.

When you finish, display your list where you will see it most often. Perhaps on your bathroom mirror, or next to your bed. You want to see it and read it every day, especially when challenges occur or troubling thoughts arise. Keep adding to your list over the next month. This list is your reminder to yourself to continually be thankful for what you have in life. This becomes our "spiritunity" to renew our thinking on a daily basis. Ephesians 4:23 tells us to be constantly renewed in the spirit of our mind (in our thoughts and attitudes). Some things must be done consistently and persistently in order to experience results. If we are to grow spiritually, it is our duty to put on this fresh mental attitude until it becomes a part of our being. When we adopt the spiritual attitude of gratitude, we adopt an attitude aligned with love. It becomes more than doing the right thing; it’s about living a life filled with love in the spirit of our authentic self.

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