It’s not just about being happy. Sometimes we’re up and sometimes we’re down. Let’s face it. There is suffering in life. We lose our loved ones, relationships end, we are wealthy one day and later we are in dire need. The scenarios are different for all of us. We all have pain and sorrow in our lives along with the many joys and pleasures. No one’s life is perfect. Feel your sorrows, shed your tears and release the pain.
And know that as Buddha says, there is a path out.
Cultivating a gratitude practice can lead the way out of suffering.
Follow these five steps to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
- Be present, stop, find stillness, be aware of yourself and your surroundings.
- Make it a habit to see with an open heart and mind. Recognize and enjoy small pleasures.
- Feel this pleasure. Notice where it resides in your body. Stay with it and hold the feeling, the awareness, the sensation. Hold this experience in body, mind & heart. Let it soothe your soul.
- Smile back in gratitude. Say thank you. Express your gratitude.
- Share the gratefulness, pass on a smile, let others know that you appreciate them. Thank nature for your life and breath.