The Magic of Gratitude

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During this week of the anniversary of September 11th, I think the most important way that we can honor all of those who lost their lives, is to be grateful; grateful we are alive, breathing, and living in spite of whatever circumstances are occurring in our lives.  

We have a lot to be grateful for whether we are conscious of it or not.

Far too often we forget to be thankful for what is here in the present moment and we automatically resort to complaining through the thoughts we think and the words we speak.  It’s due to very old conditioning from our past, and the appearance of what we see around us when we get caught up in the human condition. Yes, there are obstacles and challenges we face EVERY day, but there is also beauty, love, peace, joy, and harmony, if and only if we make a conscious choice to seek it out.  We have heard very often on the spiritual path, “our outer world is a reflection of what is going on inside.”  And this couldn’t be more true. However we are always looking on the outside for what can only be found within.  And the only way to change, is to turn within and consciously focus on what we are grateful and thankful for. 

To quote my teacher Michael Beckwith,

“Nothing new can come into your life without gratitude.”

The book “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne, has inspired me, bringing me back to gratitude in a whole new way.  You start each day writing down a list of 10 things you are grateful for, but you also write the reason why.  And then you sit with each item on your list and feel gratitude as you read it and repeat “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”  It is so simple, and yet so completely profound. Whether you have read the book or not, or plan on reading, the lesson of gratitude speaks for itself.  I invite you to begin to create your own list each day and see how your life will begin to transform. And as Rhonda Byrne says …”counting your blessings is one of the most powerful practices you can ever do, and it will magically turn your whole life around.”

My Gratitude list of 10 for Today: 

I am grateful for the gift of Sight, that I may see the wonders of this world, and see God’s beauty reflecting back to me in everyone and everything.

I am thankful that I can hear. I can hear God’s sounds of this world through music, nature, and people expressing. I am grateful that I can even hear the banging and “noise” of neighbors that sometimes sends me into negativity.  But today, I am truly grateful for this gift of hearing itself! Thank you for this new perspective when I hear things that I judge or criticize.

I am grateful for my health;  That I have legs to walk and arms to reach, that I have fingers and toes to feel and embrace. I am in a state of wholeness and can live my life without restrictions.  Thank you.

I am thankful for my capacity to feel deeply.  Although many times it feels like a curse, I realize that every emotion I feel helps me to more fully express myself and learn more about each experience so that my soul can evolve.

I am grateful for my boyfriend because he has shown me what “true love” really is and by loving me has opened my heart in ways I never imagined possible.  I am grateful for the ease and freedom of expression that we have with one another, that I can fully be myself and he accepts me for who I am.

I am blessed to have an apartment; a roof over my head, shelter and food which many do not have, furniture and beautiful things to fill my sacred sanctuary I call home.  I am grateful.

I am thankful for my career because I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world to teach.  My classes continue to grow and unfold.  I continue to share my gifts with people everywhere as I allow myself to be used by God.

I am grateful for my intuitive gifts and abilities because they continue to open up and expand so that I can be of greater service as they guide me to my highest truth.

I am so happy and grateful to have a spiritual practice that I’ve returned to in a new way.  Thank you God for always accepting me back after the times when I’ve fallen down and abandoned you as well as myself.  I am so eternally grateful.

I am grateful for this big transition that I am in for it is expanding me, teaching me trust, patience, letting go of my agenda and attachments, how to deal with change, releasing control, and learning to surrender.

What’s your Gratitude List?

Tina Marie Bertoli