Does it feel as though the days of your life tick by with all the monotony of a metronome sitting, ticking by itself above a silent piano?
That’s how we all feel at times, isn’t it?
Every day, we wake up, we consider our needs—heating, food, money, rent—we go to work to be able to pay for these things, then we get home and complain that we spent all day at work.
Likely, for the remainder of that day, we’ll watch some TV, make the evening meal—the day will pass surely enough. We’ll soon fall asleep in front of the TV, then drag ourselves off to bed. The alarm rings, we wake up, it’s the next day, yet, somehow, in truth, it’s the exact same day just 24 hours later.
Somewhere at the back of our minds we are aware that something is not quite right with the was we live life. We feel we are missing the point. It is as though we are skimming the surface of life but somehow missing the rich depth of ocean that lies beneath.
We realise this truth about our limited ways but we don’t quite know what to do about it. After all, a certain amount of repetition in life is inevitable, isn’t it? We do have to pay the rent, eat, look after the kids (if we have them) and meet other needs. To do this, we have to go to work. It is inevitable, isn’t it?
Most of us believe we cannot escape the monotony of life. Instead of facing the issue head on, however, we learn to ignore the fact that time is passing and that we still haven’t began to live fully. But we don’t know what to do about it. And so, instead of solving the issue, we learn to distract our minds by pretending that we have all manner of important meta-missions to complete. We must buy the latest phone, the latest game, a nice car and so on. We must keep up with the Jones’. We must send a million tweets and texts a day. We must, we must, we must.
In reality, there is very little we genuinely need to do. We don’t need the latest items. We don’t need to spam Twitter and Facebook with messages. We only tell ourselves that we must do these things in order to distract our mind from the real problem: that life is passing by and we still haven’t begun to understand the true are of living. If this all sounds a little too familiar, I’d like you to try the attitude of gratitude meditation below. This attitude of gratitude meditation is really going to put a smile on your face, a smile that lasts. Because I have found that if you love life life will love you right back.
Try the following meditation technique when you get up. It’s one of the best ways how to be happy in the morning.
Attitude Of Gratitude Meditation Step 1: Stop
My challenge to you is this: STOP.
Forget all about that thing you need to do. Whether it’s cooking the dinner, cleaning the house, sending a text or tweet—whatever it is, just stop.
There is a second part to this challenge, but I only want you to read on if you have actually stopped. So, sit there for a minute, doing nothing (not even thinking) and then read on.
Attitude of Gratitude Meditation Step 2
Still reading? Good. The second part of the challenge is this: the next time you feel you need to have something, tell yourself that you already have it.
That’s a little confusing. What I mean is this:if you think “I need to get that new cell phone because it’s the latest and best.” Stop that thought. Instead, choose to think, “I’m grateful to have the phone I have. I have everything I need.” If you think, “ I wish my boyfriend / girlfriend would realise that we need to— BLAH (whatever you feel you need from the person). Choose to think “I’m grateful for the relationship I have. It might not be perfect, but no relationships is, and in many ways, our little imperfections help make us more special.”
The point is this: Take the attitude of WANT and turn it to the attitude of gratitude. Think not of what you need, but how you already have everything you ever truly need and are grateful for the fact. This is your moment to stop the monotonous cycle of MORE, MORE, MORE. Take a moment to break free from that cycle. Do it right now. It will awaken you to a new way of thinking and a new way of being.
Quotes about Gratitude
Quotes About Gratitude
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust quotes about gratitude
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest, yet most powerful things humans can do, for each other.” Randy Pausch quotes about gratitude
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” Johannes A. Gaertner quotes about gratitude Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. – Joseph Wood Krutch quotes about gratitude
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Beecher, Henry Ward quotes about gratitude Your Beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does!