The definition of gratitude is feeling appreciative for what one has. How does a person develop gratitude versus feeling entitled and slighted by humanity? Look for people that have less than you do, or who are struggling more than you. Write down what you are grateful for on a daily basis and you will develop the habit of looking for what you have versus what you don’t have. When you feel ungrateful make space for what is right in your life. Spend time with people that express gratitude, it is contagious! Think of all the people that have helped you become the person you are today. Before you know it you will be living a life of gratitude and you will notice that you feel happier.
Perception As Freedom
This month I have been thinking a lot about perception and how very powerful it is. The only thing that remains forever ours is our perception. We cannot control anything outside of ourselves and sometimes it feels that we cannot control how we feel or think. We are powerless over the first thought or feeling that passes through us, but not what we do with the information. Perception is the key to freedom.
I try to imagine emotions and thoughts as waves moving through me; crashing up against my spirit. Mindful that I do not need to place judgment on my experiences. I always have the power to spin my experiences in a way that benefits me!
What does it mean to be authentic? I think it means that your behavior is aligned with you values. What are your values, and do you pay attention to them before you take action? Do you realize after you have acted in an inauthentic way that you can redeem yourself. Did you know you can make amends and decide how you want to live life differently?
To live authentically you must check in with your inner self before taking action. Pay attention to how you think and feel. Know that thoughts and feelings are a reaction to a perceptual experience. They do not need to define you or cause you to be enslaved.
As yourself “who am I and what do I value”? Become familiar with all of your parts. To live authentically you must integrate all of your parts to become a whole person. Greet each aspect of your personality with love and compassion, especially your darkest parts. They will never dissapear.
You must live in truth.