Gratitude = Spirituality and Happiness
Being thankful for everything you have is one of the keys to spirituality and the spiritual life, makes you a happier individual, and it makes other people happy to be around you. On the other hand, being thankless is among the biggest acts of self-centeredness that we are capable of as human beings.
Make appreciation a part of your daily life. Recognising other people for what they’ve done for you, even the little acts of kindness, is essential even when the individual is family or a close acquaintance.
Let Your Light Shine!
Say “thanks” for each act of kindness incurred. It’s so easy to state and yet so frequently taken for granted. It’s particularly true when it relates to your own loved ones. Let your spirituality shine through!
Convey your appreciation and gratitude frequently. Take the time to write a note or send an e-mail even if you already said thanks. Send a present to show your gratitude for someone’s help.
Seek chances to reciprocate favors as soon as possible. Be observant and provide service rather than asking if help is required. If you truly want to enjoy a spiritual life, servant leadership is a key component of spirituality, and one that is much overlooked today!
Count Your Blessings!
Calculate your blessings rather than wanting for more and moping around about what you don’t have. Put down a list of things you’re thankful for and you’ll be astonished at what you have to be thankful for. Be grateful for what you have, rather than grumpy about what you don’t have. Feeling gratitude is intimately tied to being fulfilled.
Find ways to support other people who are less fortunate. You never know when the tables may be turned.
The Little Things Matter
Acknowledge the little things. There are little things about life that you are able to be thankful for at this minute. The air you’re breathing, this is a major one. Take a breath and realize being permitted to have air is an astonishing feeling. Don’t take this for granted. Likewise the water you drink and the food you eat… be thankful for them too. This is crucial to life.
Make a list daily. Make a list of the things in nature that you’re thankful for and bit by bit provide reasons and notions why you’re thankful for them. As you construct this list you’ll feel very empowered. This appreciation list will help you on you life travel. Remember to place matters here you feel thankful for.
Three Levels to Appreciate
Be thankful for life. There are a lot of matters to be thankful for on the material level. A roof over your head, your auto, your apparel etc. But what I wish to point out here is there’s a 2nd level of gratitude that’s more potent than the material. This 2nd level is being thankful for life. This is being thankful for life experiences, trees, wind, friendships, and close relationships. These are more potent as they’ve a feeling attached to them. This makes it more tangible and authentic to you and the cosmos.
The Third Level – Spirituality and the Spiritual Life
And at a third level, it’s fundamental to spirituality and the spiritual life!
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude for our lives, the planet, our family and friends is a key part of a happy, and if you want one, a spiritual life. It’s a much more practical demonstration of spirituality than locking yourself away in a retreat or becoming a hermit in a cave in Tibet!