The secret to deep enjoyment is gratitude…. Gratitude for the richness already within us and already around us.
Picture yourself living in a state of grace, smoothly, peacefully navigating the rising and falling, the twisting and turning of circumstance. Ups and downs appear naturally in each of our lives. Relating gracefully with our circumstances, whatever they may be, is what leads to peace. Having gratitude for the natural richness already present is what brings about our joy.
Holding what we are already grateful for in our heart and in our mind’s eye… influences our mood, brightens our mind, enriches our feelings.
Not holding that gratitude in our heart and in our awareness also influences our mood, depresses our mind, impoverishes our feelings.
So the enjoyment choice is always ours. Attitude of gratitude, or no attitude of gratitude?
Most likely we heard this a long time ago, in Kindergarten even. Every adult most likely “knows” this already…. And yet who among us is so overwhelmed with joy?
“Knowing” is not enough. Gratitude must be practiced; applied; integrated.
To integrate this wisdom requires some amount of dedication to the practice of appreciation and gratitude. We need to devote some time and space to growing this attitude and to growing our joy.
As much as we could invest in certain projects, (all in the name of happiness and gain) how much are we actually invested in developing our joy?!
Projects don’t bring joy. Capacity to appreciate brings joy. It’s the latter that needs expansion if we are to have more sustained happiness in our lives… we certainly don’t need more projects.
We CAN feel a constant thread of deep joy and happiness… but only if we get deeply intimate with our appreciation and our gratitude. There is no other way.
Studio Bliss and Le Saint Jude encourage each and all of us to cultivate an “Attitude of Gratitude” more and more throughout our lives.
We are so grateful these days for our collaboration, for our teams, for our members, for the opportunity to serve and add to people’s healthy living, healthy hearts, bodies, minds. Thank you so very much for making us a part of your life in small ways and in big ways. You bring meaning to our lives and we’re so grateful.
May you harvest peace and joy! :)