Before I even realised that I was a seeker, a spiritual learner and a being who was so much more then flesh and bone, I had only a very small insight to the word and meaning of gratitude.
I vaguely remember my elders saying to me “just be grateful for what you've got’.
All the same it seems to be a popular phrase, which has not ever really been taken seriously and for its true and very powerful meaning and use.
The more grateful we are for EVERYTHING in our lives, often the more we have come our way. Perhaps this was lost with the art of prayer?
In my experience when we live a life practicing full gratitude, we receive more. It also makes us feel good when we experience the actions of gratitude. We create a positive and uplifting shift in our lives when we can master gratitude and throw out negativity.
Being grateful is the number one recipe for loving or at least being at ease with yourself.
On a physical level, I for instance have some visible veins on my legs, some are from working 20 years on my feet on hard wet commercial kitchen floors. Some are from having two children, some may even be hereditary. I had forever hated my legs, and I truly believed that they where fat and undesirable.
Though when I began to turn that around by saying and thinking and feeling gratitude, I now occasionally wear shorts and shorter skirts. I now wear a swimsuit with out board shorts on.
Because I am grateful for these two fine legs that keep me standing tall, and take me where ever it is I command them to go and that allow me to drive so that I have independence and the ability to go and do what ever I please. My husband even tells me that he loves my legs. I am so grateful for my perfect legs.
Perhaps you you could fake it till you make it! I did and I'm loving these pipes now.
Gratitudes can go on forever, and the more you are grateful, the more goodness you shall receive.
If you or a loved one is travelling, you may send a prayer of safety. Don’t forget to use your thanks and gratitudes when you or your loved one has arrived safety.
Once upon a time in my family, we said a prayer of thanks for our meals. This was a prayer to God. I’m not saying that you have to say a prayer as such, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could acknowledge the cook and the simple goodness of having food on the table to eat.
Prayer time at the table is out-dated in most families now, and I think this is a shame.
I tend to think that if our children could take it in turns to say a small thanks and show gratitude to the cook and for the meal, this would be setting a great foundation of teaching our children the simple yet rewarding pleasures of gratitude, and in return they receive a meal and please the cook, and if you're inclined, you will also be giving God the message of gratitude.
My non religious prayer for a night time meal goes like this.
“I would like to send my heart felt gratitude and thanks for (insert cooks name) for cooking this wholesome meal tonight. I would also like to say my gratitudes for being able to share this meal in the company of my beloved family and or friends or (partners name)”