Gratitude…that’s cool!

Gratitude has become a buzzword…it’s all part of the fashionable spiritualism peddled by ‘gurus’ in books about finding yourself. We stand in front mirror chanting our positive affirmations and we write long lists every day of what we are grateful for only to then carry on our daily lives in the same ego-centric way forgetting what we are grateful for.

Gratitude is a very important thing in life as it is linked to consciousness and to being rather than to the mind and our endless mindstreams and ego-driven behaviours. When we are truly grateful and practice that gratitude in our daily life and behaviour, we are content with what we have, not constantly seeking more. We are in the moment and accepting of what is, not in denial and stuck in our thoughts.

It is not something to do as a tick-box exercise and then return to our ‘normal’ mind-obsessed unconsciousness. A bit like ‘oh I’ll meditate now to help stress’, similar to popping a pill to fix something temporarily but ignoring the root cause.

Gratitude, meditation, yoga, stillness and many other things that bring us into the present moment and allow us to transcend the mind are part of ongoing spiritual practice that takes time, commitment, sacrifice and dedication. Of course, we all start our journey somewhere and it does not matter how much or how little we do of this. It is doing what suits us rather than a prescriptive approach.

But gratitude is not just a thing to do because it’s cool, rather like yoga isn’t a new cool fitness programme.

Gratitude has to come from our true essence and soul and not from the trickery of the mind.

Just breathe and relax

Once we allow ourselves to become unconscious in our thought, it is very powerful and before we realise it we are dragged from one drama to another. We lose any sense of now and our surroundings, we are in perpetual projection of what might happen. The unreal future that only creates psychological fear.

This not only affects our mental state it also manifests itself physically within the body.

Often when we become dominated by our thoughts we feel tired, frazzled, anxious, and many other feelings of general unwell.

An easy way to break this cycle right now and to disconnect from our thoughts is to simply breathe. To step away from everything and sit peacefully and just breathe.

When breathe and meditate it allows the mind to go silent, this strengthens our awareness and allows us to become at peace within. This calms the body too. We physically let go as well as mentally.

If we just count our breaths in and out, noticing our belly rising and falling as we breathe, then awareness comes, we can feel our energy and know we are life and not our mind and its thoughts.

Soon we become conscious and free from our mind streams and the drama. We are no longer in the future, we are present now.

Then we are relaxed just from focusing on breathing. What an amazing thing.