“Gratitude” (taken from the new book “How To Live in Love”)

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MUSIC: “LOVE.mp3” by Alexander Bell.

“Gratitude”
(An extract from HOW TO LIVE IN LOVE
The new book by Alexander Bell, downloadable here.)

I believe that two of the most powerful words in the world are simply the words “Thank you.” Why? Because when spoken with genuine feeling, they directly activate the heart and bring a wonderful sense of gratitude and appreciation into our consciousness. This is valuable beyond words, and enriches us in a very tangible and beautiful way. 

We can use these words as a little ‘mantra’ throughout the day – simply saying “thank you” for little things that we feel grateful for. Perhaps for the fresh air that we breathe. Or perhaps simply for the feeling of being alive, for just being here on this beautiful planet. Or perhaps for the love and care of our family or friends. It is up to you what you express gratitude for, and there is so much to be grateful for. It is the wonderful feeling of gratitude itself that really matters, and the words “thank you” bring it to us. 

You see, our mind will find a million reasons to be dissatisfied. It can find fault with absolutely everything; what we possess, where we live, who we believe we are, the words we speak, the actions we take. It can all be totally wrong from the mind’s perspective. This perspective simply creates a deep feeling of dissatisfaction within us and makes us completely unhappy. So, obviously, we need to choose a different perspective! What is the opposite of this negative perspective?… That everything is perfect.

Imagine if we accepted that every part of our life – as it is in this moment – is exactly as it is supposed to be. Then we say “thank you” for everything; for our home, for our friends, for our family, for our health, for the food we enjoy, for the material things that make our life easier or more comfortable. We so easily forget how much we have, and how fortunate we are. There are so many people who do not have what we have. There are many, many people who do not have a warm place to sleep at night, or enough food to satisfy their hunger. There are many, many people who have no support and no loving human contact. There are many, many people who wake up fearing for their safety each day. 

We are so very fortunate in so very many ways, and it is important to remember to appreciate everything that we have, and be deeply thankful. Gratitude enriches our being on a very deep level, and simply makes us happy. Meditation and prayer can help to bring us into this space of gratitude also. They help us to realise and appreciate that the Love we experience within our heart fulfils us and nourishes us on the deepest level possible. It is Life’s greatest gift to us – a healing balm for the soul which brings us into a state of wholeness and shows us the perfection and beauty of who we really are and what life is all about. 

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About Alexander Bell

Awakened spiritual teacher, writer, composer and nutritionist. www.AlexanderBell.org
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