“The grateful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all others.” Cicero
Cicero had it right about that grateful heart…
I believe. When I lose that heartfelt gratefulness for all the people, events and activities in my daily life, my perspective is off balance. It’s easier to get back on balance with a heart that can feel gratitude, fed by a mind that thinks grateful thoughts, with eyes that see things to be grateful for. There really is beauty all around me. When I stop and notice it, everything in my mind can slow down, and I can smile, and push any ungratefulness to the side to enjoy the beauty right in front of me.
Sometimes I need some extra help from an outside source like a video or audio to clear my mind. More often, though, I rely on the shift that comes from just stopping thoughts for a moment, asking for help from a power that’s bigger than me, usually God, and then accepting that small gift that pops into my experience. It can be in the form of a ‘ying yang’ patch or a penny in the walkway or a phone call from a friend.
It’s then that I can move through the day more gracefully. What if the problem I perceived wasn’t really a problem but an uncovering of something that needs to be taken care of, addressed in a way that before now I couldn’t see clearly. The wisdom of time and crisis brings into focus what I must put to the top of the list, even when uncomfortable at times. For this, I am grateful too.
Sometimes it’s more than a small insight, it could be a walk into mysticism online, like a visit to a new website or watching an enlightening video, like the one here. Whatever happens, it usually turns out to be a mini-miracle for that gratitude to wield its way back into my day!