The Real Power of Gratitude

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????One morning in a yoga class a few years ago, our teacher read some verses about gratitude by Melody Beattie. They were timely words for me, because just that week, I had started to keep a very simple gratitude journal. It’s something I hadn’t really done before—not because I’m ungrateful, but because I was always distracted with other things. A few days before that yoga class, the seventh in a ten-day series of emails about stress management arrived in my inbox. It suggested that gratitude was one way to manage stress.

Of course I’d heard this before, and I usually thought, yes I have a lot to be thankful for, even though it often seems like there is a lot of room for improvement in my life.

Too often, that’s about the extent of my focus on gratitude. Maybe it’s the same for you.

What I learned in just a few days of writing down just one or two sentences, is if you make a commitment to focusing on something you are grateful for every day, you may be surprised by just how many blessings you have.

I am not exaggerating.

You’ve probably heard this idea of keeping a gratitude journal. You may even do it. But if you haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, maybe now is the time.

Your cup runneth over

Melody Beattie’s words on gratitude are almost magical. Read them, and see if you agree. There’s an excerpt below, but I highly recommend the entire poem, better yet, the entire book.

As I listened to my yoga teacher read these words, I realized that gratitude’s power to turn lack into plenty is real—even while there are things I’d like to have, improve, or change.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie

Where do you feel lack? Are you hungry? Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast. Are you lonely? Gratitude can turn a stranger into a friend. Feel like a screw-up? Be thankful because your mistakes may be important events.

If there is anything missing for you right now, I invite you to read Melody’s words again. Try reading them slowly in a still, quiet place, and let them work their magic.

Thank you, Melody Beattie. And thank you, yoga teacher Michele for reading this in class and reminding me to be grateful!

 

 

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Maria Kuzmiak, M.A. is a health and well-being writer with a background in nutrition, psychology and education and a passion for yoga. She has written hundreds of articles, blogs and newsletters for clients in health-related fields, particularly those specializing in yoga, natural medicine, nutrition, and spiritual health and healing. Maria has also worked as a nutritionist, teacher and technical editor. Learn more about her writing at www.wellbeingwriter.net.

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