Thursday, August 21, 2008

Consciously Cultivating Gratitude

The act of consciously cultivating gratitude and living with a thankful mind takes some effort initially, but can become a way of being for those that take this journey of the soul. For those who adopt the attitude of gratitude, this becomes a way of living each day. One begins to look around at his or her life, and see the positive effects and success that gratitude creates. As we partake in the delight and inner peace of a thankful mind and understand the gifts of gratitude, we realize that being grateful is not something remote or foreign, but a natural part of the joyful expression of our human nature. This is when the attitude of gratitude becomes passive, easy, effortless and a part of our every day routine, our way of being.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity...Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."- Melody Beattie

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