We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
Understand that you are perfect just the way you are right now. The journey you are on is unique and special. There is nothing wrong or broken about you. Your mind and body are working perfectly even when they are doing things you don’t like.
You get constant feedback from your body and emotions about where you are in the moment so you can decide where you want to go next. This is a spiritual journey, as much as a physical and emotional journey, of changing your body and manifesting love from within, as well as from another.
While there are many factors in life that are out of your control, you do have the ability to manage your thoughts and how you react to every situation. How you perceive your experiences will color the kinds of emotions attached to them. Choosing a more positive and hopeful outlook will produce better feelings. There are always two points of view to choose from in every situation: what is working and what is not.
Focus on what is working to practice gratitude every single day. This will not only help you manifest more of what you want, it will also make you happy immediately. When you can control your thoughts and feelings, you influence your happiness. If you find this difficult to do or sustain on your own, talking to someone like a psychologist, counselor, or life coach can help you shift your thoughts and change your feelings. Start by thanking your lucky stars.
Having Gratitude Can Positively Affect Your Future
Research has shown that people who think positively have an increased capacity for happiness. Choosing to be grateful will support your efforts of maintaining healthy habits, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet. The connection between gratitude and health goes back throughout history; philosophers and religious leaders have proclaimed gratitude as a virtue that is integral to health and well-being for centuries. Positive psychology is the current movement of mental health professionals who are taking a close look at how gratitude can benefit our health. The Mayo Clinic staff reports that researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on our bodies.
Thank your lucky stars by making a gratitude list for every aspect of your life: work, family, and friends. As stated in the movie Kung Fu Panda by Master Oogway, the master tortoise of the Jade Palace, “You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Learn to be in the moment and enjoy the gift of the present you have right now.