From Grief to Gratitude

There’s theme that’s reverberating for me that’s not only prompted by this time of the year. It’s not the consumer madness that overtakes people on Black Friday– it’s gratitude.   Is it reverberating for you?

appreciateAs with most things in life, grief is one more thing we have move through and time alone isn’t enough.  Each of us has to find our own way to move through our grief.

For me 2012 has been a year featuring  impermanence, as  I lost my mother, my brother and a close friend.  While I grieved those losses I created a playlist and listened to inspirational spiritual  music. I compiled lists of what I appreciated most about my relationships with them and I included them in three long love letters they will never receive.  Focusing on what I was grateful for cleared the fog and brought what matters to the forefront.

Having a grateful heart is the true spirit of Thanksgiving, and this season is the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who has impacted your life in one form or another.

Gratitude is a magical potion that dissolves jealousy, greed, fear, unhappiness and other dis-ease’s of the ego. Gratitude is an emotion that opens our hearts and raises us above negativity, worry, and doubt. — Gratitude is the Opposite of Fear

Give thanks for “negative” things in your life. There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative. — Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

 Gratitude HD – Moving Art™

A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences and filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg motivates those around him as happiness is revealed. Spoken word and music montage created and composed by Gary Malkin. Narration written and spoken by Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Go Gratitude Experiment

I joined the Go Gratitude Experiment and embarked upon 42 day Gratitude journey.  I will receive a series of 42 short, inspiring and instructional “knew views on Gratitude” by email, one day at a time, over a 42 day period. I intend to share my journey with you readers. So if you’re interested then why not take this journey too?’

Inspirational Reading:

Gratitude is one aspect of positivity that can be practiced any time, any place.  To make it a habit, just spend 5 minutes each morning or evening reflecting upon and appreciating all the gifts in your life.  Deeply feel a sense of gratitude, let it permeate your being and shine out.  Then whenever a negative thought arises during the day replace it with a ray of gratitude.  — 101 rays of gratitude

Thanksgiving Week Lesson 1 – How To Embrace What You Already Have
Thanksgiving Week Lesson 2 – How To Let Yourself Give and Receive
Thanksgiving Week Lesson 3 – How To Add a Little Sizzle to Your Relationships

May you, my readers, be richly pleased with a sense of gratitude each and every day of the year.