Your One Super Power Subdues All
Gratitude overcomes pain, despair, grief, depression, poverty, and heartache.
You can wake up feeling as if your life has no purpose or meaning. But, you look out upon a clear blue sky, gaze on fields of colorful flowers, watch eagles glide on wind waves. Thank you flows from your heart, through your mind, and spills as a smile upon your face.
Like a healing balm, simple recognition of gratitude opens you to a world of possibilities and solutions to any and every problem that may arise.
When I declared 2015 a year of gratitude, my heart was filled with a sense of abundance and limitless potential. Now, two-thirds of the way into this year, the feeling remains. I may be over-extended with my spending and I haven’t yet achieved that bountiful on-line business promised by too many on-line courses.
Still, I’m grateful I have a job to pay for my spending. I’m grateful I do help people through my work and my writing. I’m grateful I can look out on a beautiful bay and snow-capped mountains. I’m grateful for my husband and the love we share.
One of the results of this year of gratitude was the creation of The Gratitude 100, A Simple Daily Practice for Fulfillment, Balance, and Happiness. I offered this as a free daily practice for several months. Participants received daily e-mails with a question to stimulate a gratitude response.
Over twenty people signed up and participated. But, as I did the practice, I found the daily e-mails were problematic. Several people were unable to keep up with the daily practice. Others, like me, found ourselves answering several questions on one day. But, we completed it.
To make the practice more accessible, I expanded it as a downloadable journal with 100 gratitude inspiring questions and space to write answers at your own leisure and need. When I finished this second version, I thought the Gratitude 100 project was finished.
But, as I’ve worked on my book about mindfulness, gratitude features as the essential partner in a dance of consciousness. Gratitude 100 continues to call out to expand into a daily journal book. Especially since I’ve found there’s a world of interest in practicing gratitude.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve participated in the Chopra Center’s Manifesting Grace through Gratitude, a 21 day on-line meditation experience. Oprah Winfrey introduces the theme of each 20 minute session. Deepak Chopra explains the theme in relation to grace and gratitude, provides a centering thought, and a Sanskrit mantra to repeat during the 10 minute meditation. Soft music plays throughout the session.
The commentary and meditations are thought provoking and provide another way to view the power of gratitude. This experience is free to participate in now but access to each meditation disappears after nine days. After that time, the program is available as a paid program by CD or as an app.
So, if you want to energize your super power gratitude practice with a deeper understanding of grace, you can still join Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.
Or if you want to simply apply gratitude in your daily life, explore The Gratitude 100 right now.