Many of us have heard this term most of the times.Sometimes we take it lightly by thinking or saying”Oh yeah! , Gratitude! .I have heard this quite often but don’t know how it works.” So what is gratitude ?? Sometimes we google it then google shows the meaning as “the quality of being thankful”,”respect”,”acknowledgment” and much more. But Is gratitude is really this ?? what we google up or what we come to know from other people.
Well for me.It’s an essence which adds a different flavor in life altogether. It’s like sunlight, air & water without which we cannot imagine our existence in the Mother Earth. For me, it is seeing the divinity in God and loved ones & being thankful for them for their love, support and all the acts which they do for us no matter small or big.
Gratitude is an act, not a word which should be practiced in thoughts, words & actions.
Gratitude is being thankful for each & everything starting from all the materialistic & physical things we have. It doesn’t matter whether you are on top of the world with all facilities & loved ones enjoying together or struggling hard to meet the two meals of the day. Just by saying “Thank you “to God & people around us for all the small and big things they do for us will result in a drastic change of our energy level & the same will change our perception to life.
Well..The title says,” The Power of Gratitude ” !! So which power we are talking about? How Power and Gratitude are related ??Are we having this question in our mind? You are… Right ??.Okay. So now we will discuss the power of gratitude and how we can use this in our life.
Let me share a story with you which I heard from one of my fellow Pranic Healer. I hope this story will help to have some knowledge and idea on this topic.
There was a bird who lived in the desert, very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live and he kept on cursing his life day and night.One day an Angel was crossing from that desert, bird stopped the Angel and inquired ” where are you going?” Angel replied, ” I am going to meet God”. So bird asked angel “Please ask God when my suffering will come to an end?” Angel said “Sure, I will”, and bid a goodbye to the bird.Angel reached God’s place and shared the message of bird to Him. Angel told Him how pathetic the condition of bird is and inquired when the suffering of the bird was going to end?God replied that for the next seven lifetimes the bird has to suffer like this, and there would be no happiness till then. Angel said that when the bird will hear this he will get disheartened; so could You suggest any solution for this. God replied to tell him to recite this mantra, “Thank you God for everything.” Angel met the bird again and delivered the message of God to the bird.After seven days, the Angel was passing again from the same path and saw that bird was so happy, feathers grew up on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. Angel was astonished how it happened as God said that there is no happiness for the bird for next seven lifetimes. So with this question in mind, He went to visit God.Angel asked his query, then God replied that yes, it was true that there was no happiness for the bird for seven lifetime, but things changed because the bird was reciting the mantra, “Thank you God for everything” in every situation. When bird fell down on the hot sand it said Thank you God for everything when it could not fly it said Thank you God for everything, so whatever the situation may be the bird kept on repeating “Thank you God for everything”, and the seven lifetimes karma got dissolved in seven days.So have you noticed that Gratitude has the impact to our Karma’s? So just by changing our thought forms, our actions, the way we react to situations and of course by being humble we can remove our negative karma /baggage of past negative karmas.Not only this when one practices gratitude we attract more Abundance, Happiness, Peace and Joy in our life.
We do get jealous or feel discontent with people, colleagues, friends, and family or most of the time we don’t feel happy even with our-self. Don’t we ??
By seeing someone in their BMW, we wish to have a BMW for our-self even when we are sitting in our own HONDA City. Let me add this, there is no harm in wishing to have a good luxurious life but yes be grateful for what you have at the moment because somewhere someone is wishing to live a life like you. Be grateful in action.
Whenever we have any challenges in our life, the first thing we do is to raise questions to God, we always question him “why me ”, “why it happened with me”, don’t we? We forget that challenges in life makes us strong, develops our will power & teach lessons to us. But instead of being grateful and thankful to challenges and situations, most of the times we make it worst with our own negative thought forms & actions.
Life is all about living & enjoying each & every moment. We never know when it is last moment.
Be grateful that you have eyes to see, someone is struggling to see the God’s creation.
Be grateful if you are having relationship challenges it means that you have the family to look after, someone is trying to have a family.
Be grateful for all the tiny and little things that God has blessed you with no matter good or bad.
For me, the power of Gratitude is the change in the Awareness. You are conscious whatever you do to others. Your energy level changes. You become a different person full of positiveness and joy. You tend to become happy and grateful in each situation.
Life is all about exploring & making oneself content.
Thank you for reading this. Remember Gratitude should be practiced in action. Practice yourself and witness the change in yourself and life.
The Struggle Ends when Gratitude Begins – Donald Walsh.
Stay Blessed !! God Blessings be with you and your loved ones