Giving Thanks and Gratitude

Posted by Cassandra     Category: Gratitude

On Thanksgiving, it is customary to ponder the things we have to be grateful for. Traditionally, you join for a meal with the friends and family you love and appreciate the company of the wonderful people in your life. We count our blessings and give thanks.

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While many of us are thankful for the advantages life has given us, the people in our lives and the experiences we have enjoyed that have brought us joy throughout our days there is a subtle but big difference between being thankful and living in gratitude. Today, while you are reflecting on what you have to be thankful for, is the perfect time to begin living in gratitude.

 

The difference between being thankful and being grateful is emotion. When I am thankful to have a day off, in the back of my mind I think, “This is nice, this is good. My time is my own and I am enjoying it”. When I am grateful to have the day off, there is a feeling of joy and pleasure. I relish my time and I have a lot more fun. The quality of my life is improved. The difference is, I feel more alive, happier, I realize I am truly blessed with the gift I am delighting in. And it is quite a wonderful difference.

 

Being thankful is like settling for second best, and you should never have to settle. When we feel gratitude, our energy is operating at a higher vibrational frequency than if we are merely thankful. The higher your energy vibration, the happier you are, the better the quality of your life, the more desires you are able to manifest and manifest more quickly, the more you are able to give, the better the quality of your relationships… the list of ways your life improves is long. Gratitude is the place where miracles happen.

 

Now that you understand how important it is to be grateful and what it can do for you, how do you transcend from acknowledging your blessings to being filled with complete appreciation and gratitude?

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Since it is Thanksgiving, I will mention that one great way is being with people that you love and vocalizing you appreciation for them. Most importantly, when you sincerely open your heart and express why they mean so much to you, make sure you feel it, and that feeling is communicated in your voice and your inflections.

 

Moving forward, a gratitude list is one of very many useful tools. Make a list of all the things you have to be grateful for. List the people in your family, from your hobbies, from work, from school. From your past. List teachers, mentors, people who have encouraged you or taught you things that have made your life better. List the things you have that make your life easier. If you have a car, a home with air conditioning, a bicycle, a garden, list it. Think of any past experiences, whether it was a vacation, a summer love, an opportunity and put it on the list. Make it a long list. There are so many marvelous real life miracles if you start to look for them.

 

Now here is the key to making your gratitude list work for you. When you think about something on your list, feel the reason why they or it is on your list. For example, if you have the memory of a trip to the Bahamas on the list, it is on the list because you felt good when you were there. So feel good when you think about your paradise get away. Feel the warm sun on your cheeks as a slight breeze gently brushes across your shoulders. Let go of all thoughts but the joy you are feeling as you hear the sound of the surf crash against the shore and retreat to the ocean, taking with it all your worries. Feel the complete serenity and bliss the courses through your soul as you realize that life does not get better than this, you are exactly where you should be and all is perfect in the universe. Feel, feel, feel…..

 

Did I mention that the key to making gratitude work for you and turn your life around is really feeling it?

 

When you live in a state of gratitude, you notice all the miracles around you and you are able to manifest miracles that only those who believe that can, are able to.


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