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Commentary by Peter Shepherd
The problems and challenges of life are opportunities for personal growth and each of our experiences are best seen in that light: with gratitude. If for one entire day all you felt was gratitude, your life would miraculously change. Perhaps today?
We are happy when we feel gratitude. We feel gratitude more when we are perceiving the present moment, mind relatively empty and heart full with love. This is the key to happiness.
As Oprah Winfrey said, "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
It's impossible to feel grateful and in the same moment depressed, angry or afraid. People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, your heart will soon be filled with love and understanding, a feeling that nurtures the soul. As Meister Eckhardt says, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
The very best way to bring good things into your life is to be grateful for the abundance that you already have. See this exercise at Love is All You Need on the Trans4mind site.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
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Podcast: Gratitude: The Key to Happiness
Gratitude is often overlooked or taken for granted. No big deal, just for birthdays. However, I feel that actually it is crucial. Indeed, it is the key to happiness.
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