The Times They Are A’ Changin’ Changin’.
What a crazy time we live in. As the sixth global mass extinction, species are dying and disappearing on an unprecedented scale in the short history of mankind. Global warming is happening. Whether humanity is the cause or not is questionable, but scientists show us that the earth has been regularly warmed and cooled over millennia.
In fact, we are still at the end of an ice age: there were times in Earth history when there was no ice at all on Earth. The fact that there are still polar ice caps is proof of the ice age we are still in.
Whatever the cause, the planet is undergoing massive change and upheaval.
Weather patterns and tectonic plates are shifting. Earthquakes are indeed the norm throughout the world. Sea levels are rising as the ice caps melt. Habitats are being destroyed, not just for wildlife. Entire islands and nations are being destroyed, people are being displaced.
Even if, according to some historians, we live in the most peaceful times of all time, the horrors and atrocities of war are being seen daily on our screens.
In addition to all this, or perhaps instead of you, you may be going through a difficult time in your personal life. You may have lost your job by going through a divorce or separation and finding your life suddenly filled with insecurities and upheavals.
Without positive coping skills, this situation can quickly get out of control and lead to damage your mind (depression and anxiety), body (stress and strain) and spirit (loss of hope, comfort, and quality of life).
It is easy to be overwhelmed and freaked out in such times. How do we deal with it and what can we do in the face of all these worries?
How can we find hope?
One of the most powerful practices we can use to balance all this is the practice of the art of gratitude. Sure, you have probably heard this before, but how often are you really grateful for all the blessings in your life? To truly experience the feeling of gratitude is to bring a mindset of abundance and wealth into manifestation.
The Art of Gratitude
Start by writing a “thank-you journal”: at the end of each day, write down 10 things for which you are grateful. Do this every evening and within a month you will have written evidence of 300 things you are grateful for!
As you begin to feel grateful for every little thing in your life, from the miracle of running water to electricity, your fridge, gasoline for your car, a warm house, clothes to wear, food to eat, and a bed to sleep with blankets to keep you warm, you will find hope.
When you look at your friends, family, and community, the beauty of nature in a leaf or branch, the smile of a stranger and the embrace of a loved one, you can find comfort in the feelings of gratitude and your attitude can and will change for the better.
Miracles of wealth, abundance and healing happen when we make gratitude the cornerstone of our existence.
Try it out for a month and document the results by seeing how your feelings for yourself and your journey through this world have changed.
Another powerful tool that helps you direct your attention to every moment while you live it is mindfulness. If you give full and accurate attention to what you are doing at the moment you are doing it, you will be kept in a state of connectedness, both with yourself and at the same time with your whole life.
The Master of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, talks eloquently about how all things are connected. So our practice can and will influence the whole. We can change the world by changing ourselves, one mindful step at a time.
By making simple changes to our way of thinking, by practicing gratitude and mindfulness step by step, we will increase our own levels of happiness, build inner resilience, and develop a greater sense of well-being that will help us navigate through these transitions with hope, grace, and a stronger sense of possibility.
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