It is often easy to feel frustration and tension in our fast-paced culture. This negative energy can build up and form grunthis, or energetic knots, in our psyches. These blockages act like logs damming a river, inhibiting its free flow.
We then tend to hold onto our hurts, angers, fears, painful past experiences and worries about the future. This buildup is toxic and brings dukkha, the sense of anxiety that often percolates in the background of our awareness.
As a result, it is all too easy to forget about the beauty of life. We tend to take for granted, or not even notice, the miracles that surround us every day. They are truly too many to list: The water that we drink and bathe in, the stunning sky, the plants and trees, a fragrant flower reaching for the sun, the songs of birds in the air, the laughter of a child, each breath we take… these are all miraculous gifts. Opening our eyes to these miracles helps us to put our worries, hurts, pains and apprehensions into perspective.
Bringing our attention back to the abundance and blessings in our lives is also profoundly healing. We are blessed with amazing abundance. We have food, shelter, transportation, technology and more stuff than any of us truly need. Rather than covet more or feel lack, let us have gratitude for this abundance and rejoice.
In remembering the abundance in our lives, we naturally come into a state of gratitude. Through gratitude the logjam breaks, the pure waters of our many blessings flow through our awareness, the grunthi is untied.
We invite you to practice Gratitude throughout the week in these ways:
- Count your blessings… and see how many they are.
- Look to what Mother Nature is providing you daily and cultivate both awe and gratitude.
- Take a few minutes at various points in your day to breathe deeply and thank the Divine for this breath of life.
- Thank the sun, the moon, the wind and the earth beneath your feet.
May you ever be blessed with abundance and the grace of gratitude!