Gratitude is the little doorstop that keeps open the door through which blessings flow. The more we give thanks, the more we receive to give thanks for. Gratitude should be a part of everyone’s spiritual practice.
Gratitude needs to be at the heart of every practice. Being grateful for all the blessings in our lives raises our energy. It also makes us feel good. Gratitude is a state of happiness. And a state of gratitude paves the way for more blessings to enter our lives. The Universe responds with more of what we express. By feeling gratitude, we are rewarded with more to feel grateful for.
If something is missing from our lives, a need or a desire, we have only to ask. With a regular gratitude practice, we already have our hearts open to receive.
Some people have formal gratitude practices in which they list five things every night that they are grateful. Or they find something to be grateful for that they did not list previously. This requires spending the day looking for a gift that they have not given thanks for before.
Gratitude is a habit. The more we express it, the easier it is to move into and stay in that place of gratitude.
Keeping a gratitude journal is a simple way of remembering to be thankful. We can do this several ways. We can write about what we are thankful for in detail, we can make a daily list of five things we are grateful for, or we can write down every day something that we are thankful for that we have not previously listed. This last method teaches us to look deeper every day at our blessings.
When we are in the process of manifesting something in our lives, gratitude for what we already have is essential to bringing in the new blessings. But our gratefulness must be genuine. It is not simply an exchange, “I’m thankful for this, give me some of that.” We need to cultivate a sense of thankfulness just because we are grateful, nothing more.
After a while, gratitude becomes a habitual way of thinking. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, we will automatically notice what is good about it, what to be thankful for. Keeping a continuous sense of gratitude going will cause us to live a more joyous life.
Gratitude is probably the second highest spiritual practice, succeeded only by love. When we practice gratitude, we bring ourselves into a state of joy. We also open up to receive more of what we are grateful for.
While deeply rooted in gratitude, other things in life become easier. The positive energy of gratitude extends to the life around us. Gratitude becomes a habit. After practicing for a while it becomes automatic.
A gratitude practice is simple. Take time daily to reflect on everything there is to be grateful for. We can find methods of practicing gratitude that work for us. Some may light a candle; some may use a gratitude journal. We can even create our own rituals. A hot bath with lavender or rose essential oils is a great practice to give thanks for water.
Everyone on a spiritual path needs a gratitude practice. It is essential for all of us who are deepening our relationship with Spirit to thank Him for all of our gifts.