In difficult times it can be easy to get caught up in negativity and listlessness all around but… cultivating a grateful attitude can slowly bring a shift inside leading to peace, calm and contentment. Here are some thoughts from wise people that express the importance of gratitude:
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh
What are you grateful for?
A Happy and Grateful Thanksgiving to you all…..
I was recently asked if I would share my thoughts as a counselor on the topic of New Years Resolutions. A local magazine editor wanted me to share with her readers tips on making (and keeping) New Years Resolutions. Even though I knew that my suggestion was likely not going to be what she was looking for, I went ahead anyway. I chose to talk about the concept of Mindfulness and how to live in the present moment. Here’s a brief insert of what I wrote:
My advice would be for people to relax and not get stressed about
having to write New Years Resolutions! There are new studies out about
the concept of “Mindfulness” and how it can be beneficial for our
health and well-being to let go of our need to plan, focus on and
attend to the future. Instead, it is healthy to take time to
experience and be aware of the present moment. This can be summed up
by the words of John Lennon “Life is what happens while you are busy
making other plans”. So instead of wishing others “Happy New Year
2009”, perhaps we should say “Meaningful Present Moments 2009”.
Readers, what do you think?
I came across an old Swedish proverb that really got me thinking. I read it in a great book I highly recommend called “How We Choose To Be Happy” by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks. The proverb is this: Those who wish to sing always find a song. I started to think about this. The idea is that we can decide to be happy. We can wake up in the morning and decide on happiness, we can go through the moments of our day pausing to remember our waking intention. We can go to bed at night noting (re-membering) the happy highlights of the day. As I sat back and read the Sunday paper this afternoon and I saw so much that was negative… I put the paper down and sat outside for a minute, enjoying the first day of daylight savings time and the extra light late in the day. And remembered my intention… Those who wish to sing always find a song…
Greetings in the new year to friends and readers out there. My wish for each of you is to savor wonderful moments with those you love and take a few moments to say thanks for all things in your life… the good things so that you will hold them in your memory and add to that treasure; the not so good so that you have the opportunity to grow and learn and appreciate. May 2008 bring you health and love and happiness!!