Image via WikipediaWe often hear people say, "Don't sweat the small stuff."
That's great, and I agree, but if you are feeling a bit stressed out that comment might just turn your dial to ELEVEN instead of helping you to let go and feel better.
Gratitude is really all about PAYING ATTENTION to the "small stuff", and seeing the beauty, wonder and goodness available to us in each moment.
In paying attention to the "small stuff" we often find it is really the "big stuff", and in fact the "only stuff." Our lives are truly only lived moment to moment and how present and aware we are in each of those moments is often a great measure of the joy we experience.
So, how much gratitude can you handle today?
Try this experiment:
Say "thank you" for EVERY little thing that you do or encounter... And I mean EVERY LITTLE thing.
When you put cream in your coffee say, "Thank you for this delicious cream in my coffee." See if it tastes a little sweeter.
When you put on your shoes say, "Ah, hello and thank you beautiful feet for carrying me on my way today." See if you have a little more spring in your step.
When you do the laundry say, "I am so grateful for you: water, soap, washing machine. Thank you for making my clothing clean and fresh." You may find this mundane task feels a little lighter and your clothes seem a little softer.
When you have an argument with your spouse say, "I am so grateful to live in a world where we all have different perspectives, let our communication be peaceful and harmonious and create no illusion of separation between us." You may find you return to the discussion with a more open heart and a clearer head.
When you drink a glass of water say, "Thank you for the amazing refreshment of this pure water, may it nourish my body." See if you can feel the rejuvenating energy of the water entering every cell in your body.
You may say, "Hey, that's an awful lot to be saying to myself during the day." But, the truth is the nature of Mind means that we are constantly saying things to ourSelves. Mindfulness and gratitude help us to ensure that we are saying things that will elevate us to higher planes of existence and fill our hearts with the boundless bliss that is our True Nature.
May every little thing in your life be filled with beauty and may you feel wonder and gratitude for it.