Right now as you’re reading this article you’re either a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person. You might even fluctuate between the two. Having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ in your life (and not just Thanksgiving) is a deep spiritual practice that can transform most, if not ALL situations.
Hypothetically speaking though, if you were sitting in a restaurant and your meal was taking a really long time to arrive do you…
A. Get really cranky, feel extremely indignant and allow yourself to feel the energy of being outraged course through your veins?
B. See the silver lining, feel present in the moment and grateful that you can even afford to buy a meal you don’t have to cook for yourself. You understand that patience comes to those that wait and that you can manage your energy wisely when annoyance potentially comes-a-knockin’
You wouldn’t be human unless you’ve experienced option ‘A’ over and over again throughout your life. I get it, I really do.
The art of feeling grateful in unpleasant situations takes a concerted amount of self-discipline and training. Unlike orgasms (for some ladies and possibly a few gentleman), it’s something you just can’t fake no matter how hard you try.
You need to truly immerse yourself in the energy of gratitude.
You need to feel that tiny spark in your soul that reminds you that each and every breath you take is a gift.
Deepak Chopra once said:
“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You can open the door through gratitude.”
Just over two years ago I moved from Australia to Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be my third Thanksgiving while living in America. Whether it’s Turkey Week or Tofurky Week for you, the theme of this wonderful holiday is GRATITUDE and being thankful for ‘the harvest’ which I think is such an awesome tradition to celebrate abundance.
But as you’re inhaling fistfuls of mashed potatoes, taming wild children that don’t know what to do with themselves without iPads and you’re cooking up a frantic storm in your kitchen, how is the best way to remember to be thankful?
In concept, saying you’re grateful even if you’re not really feeling it might seem silly. But it’s actually an extremely powerful manifesting tool.
What I know for sure is that in life you grow the most when you are faced with challenging situations.
In Australia, I guess the closest thing we have to Thanksgiving is Christmas Day where you stuff your face with food, exchange gifts and pretend for one day out of 365 that you actually have a ‘normal’ functioning family. But the clever twist with this American holiday is that you have to be GRATEFUL! This concept is GENIUS.
It’s a cosmic call to challenge yourself spiritually.
At any given moment you have two choices…
You can either bring the energy of negativity, holding grudges, not giving a shit or overwhelming apathy to the Thanksgiving table.
You can fully immerse yourself in the true art of appreciation.
- Appreciate the beautiful family and friends you get to share the holiday with.
- Appreciate the food that you have to eat.
- Appreciate the body you have so you don’t feel the need to harm it with overeating
- Appreciate this moment in time that you are alive, well and blessed with all varieties of abundance.
Giving thanks is FREE, but not giving thanks is really really really EXPENSIVE. You end up paying with your health – mentally, physically and spiritually.
If you choose gratitude you will always feel happier.