Posted by: Sarah Lidsey | March 1, 2014

Gratitude

Words are the key to the Heart’ – Chinese proverb

Words tell people around us a lot about who we are.  They shape and affect our lives.    If we change the way we express ourselves from phrases that say ‘half empty’ to those that convey ‘half full’, we can change the quality of the relationships we have, and the experiences we attract.

The power of the word is an awesome thing.  It can build love in our hearts … and it can destroy it too.  Sometimes we bandy words about without thinking.  It is too easy to open our mouths and say something without thinking of how it will land. The feeling behind our words, their delivery, charges them with positive or negative energy.

To make a daily practice of aligning with the potent qualities carried by a positive word, I recall how grateful I am and I use it to color my words, which in turn enhances my interactions with everyone and effects how I feel about my day.

Gratitude is one of the most profound states of being that there is.   When I am in a state of gratitude I feel so connected to everything and everyone.  My interactions are warmer, the words I speak feel lighter.  It is tangible to others.  It is visceral for me.   The reason for that is that gratitude opens the heart to joy, happiness, pleasure, LOVE.

Sometimes it is not so easy to feel grateful when you are anxious, or looking for the sun to shine on you on a depressing grey day.  This simple practice brings me easily into the feeling of gratitude, and I use it almost every day.

Place your focus in the heart chakra in the center of your chest, and breathe into that area in a slow deep rhythm for a minute or so, following the breath inward. And think back to an event that really made you thankful, grateful to be alive, to be where you were at the time, to be YOU ….… like connecting to the feeling a beautiful sunset generates, or the smell of fresh baked bread, or recalling your baby’s laughter, or your favourite birthday present. And this is an important tip – you have to feel the gratitude to generate the state. And affirm the feeling with your words ….

‘I am so grateful for the roof over my head ’

‘I am so grateful for the food on my plate’

‘I am so grateful for the beauty that surrounds me’

‘I am so grateful for the love that envelopes me’

‘I am so grateful to be me’ ….

…..and there you go, into the day with a smile on your face and gratitude in your heart, transmitting it to everyone….Happy Day!!

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