In any given moment, there are blessings, big and small, happening all within us and all around us. Even when things go ‘south’, there are blessings to be had. They may be hard to notice at first, but they will reveal themselves to us in due time if we have a conscious awareness and a grateful heart. In this wonderful meditation, Carla-Jo has us think of one thing we are grateful for and truly savor it for all that it is and then speaks of blessings that all of us can be thankful for.
Because I had just returned from my morning walk with the dogs, the one thing that immediately came to mind to be grateful for was my walking shoes. These shoes are old and are probably not stylish according to the fashion police. However, they are comfortable for my feet and that is all that matters to me. Truly savoring how grateful I am for having these shoes, it was only logical to me to begin thinking how grateful I am for my feet, for they give me the ability to walk. Thinking how grateful I am for my feet, it was only logical to me to begin thinking how grateful I am for my legs, for they give me the ability to move. Because gratitude has a ripple effect, this thought process continued until I had covered my entire body. I am truly grateful for these blessings!
Turning my attention from gratitude to thankfulness, I began thinking how fortunate I truly am. For starters, I woke up this morning to experience this glorious day. I felt good enough to take the dogs for a walk. I have another day to give and receive unconditional love. And, my cat, Mr. Thumbs is beginning to feel better. Because thankfulness has a ripple effect, I could continue on, but won’t. I am truly thankful for these blessings!
It takes a conscious awareness and a grateful heart to ‘see’ all of the blessings we are given on a daily basis. The ripple effect of ‘seeing’ these blessings has the ability to not only change our mindset, but our entire lives. Try it!