Gratitude is Magical

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays – it reminds us to be thankful, not only for our material assets, but for the intangibles in life – our friends and family, our work, our successes and yes, even our failures. Do you save all of your giving thanks for Thanksgiving? For me, giving thanks, being grateful and appreciative has become a way of life… for a good reason…God, in Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God, explains why being grateful is so important to your having what you want in life….

When you thank God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there… in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered.

Therefore never supplicate. Appreciate.

There are several important dynamics at work when we move to adopt an Attitude of Gratitude and Appreciation… the first is that being grateful tends to draw in the energy of love – and the more loving we feel towards ourselves and our lives, the more apt the universe is to respond with loving actions – making your dreams come true – as if by magic. The second – and perhaps the "active" element – is that being grateful for what we wish – and what we have – places us, and our dreams, firmly in the present. Bringing our dreams into present time tends to 'enable' them, making them more real – and more realizable….

It's easy to be grateful for the good things in our life -the challenge is to be grateful, accepting, appreciative and loving of ALL that occurs in our lives. What's important to get is the power in being grateful for our troubles, they are purposeful… magically, they can disappear when we notice that they are useful. It seems that accepting one's life, exactly as it is, being grateful for ALL the opportunities to learn and grow releases the fear and anxiety that prevents things from working out the way we want. Here's a terrific exercise to help you begin creating what you want in your life..

Count your Blessings

Make a list of all of the things you are grateful for in your life. Include your friendships and family, the floor that holds you up, the warm bed that comforts you at night and the computer that enables you to connect with fascinating folks from around the world. Include also the mistakes you have made, the setbacks that have disappointed and challenged you – and all of the opportunities to change, to learn and to grow that have come from them.

Then make a list of everything you are wishing for… and as you write each one, bring it into present time. See and feel yourself having what you want, being grateful for it as if it has already happened. Feel yourself jumping for joy at achieving your goals, and see your friends and family surrounding you with love and appreciation for your good work.

When you've completed the blessings lists, affirm your dreams regularly by repeating this prayer

"God grant me the grace to live with gratitude."

Make an attitude of gratitude your magical approach to life.. You'll be so very grateful that you did.

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