Mind Power Issue #124

Pure Joy 
​Flat-out, Full-strength Joy of the Blissed-out Variety

Issue #124 – Monday, July 30, 2018

Is there a “magic door” to a life of joy and abundance? 

While science has clearly documented the power of meditation to relieve stress, resolve emotional issues, increase willpower (and so much more)...

...is there a limit to what your mind can do? Can you actually think your way into joy?

Marc Gilson, Centerpointe’s Director of Client Services, who worked side-by-side with BIll Harris for 20 years, and has become a thought leader in his own right…

...provides the key to that elusive “magic door” to joy and abundance.

Find out how you can open your mind to gratitude and, in turn, unlock the

“doors and pathways through which even more blessings flow.”

Cheers,

MaryEllen Tribby

Centerpointe CEO

P.S. We just launched an amazing, BRAND NEW suite of soundtracks to help you transform your life by tapping into the power of your unconscious mind to create…

...profound experiences of love, compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness.

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Pure Joy  
Flat-out, Full-strength Joy of the Blissed-out Variety

By Marc Gilson

Centerpointe Director of Client Services

If I were to ask you to name one thing, right now, that you’re grateful for, what would it be? Go ahead and take a moment. 

What comes to mind?

Perhaps a loved one, a child, parent, best friend or mentor? Or is it something related to your health? Having enough food to eat? Your safety? Having enough money to pay the bills? Maybe you found yourself feeling grateful just to be alive and enjoying another beautiful day on Planet Earth.

If your life is anything like mine, spending time thinking about what you’re grateful for doesn’t come naturally. Truth is, I spend most of my day in problem-solving mode. And problems are not things I’m generally grateful for. Who has time to sit around feeling grateful when there are all these problems in the way?

Look, I’ll be grateful when I have time to feel grateful. Meanwhile, I’m pretty busy with lots of important things!

Sound familiar?

But are run-of-the-mill problems really to blame for me not practicing gratitude?

Yes, I said practicing gratitude. Gratitude doesn’t just barge into your life like a football team charging onto the field.

Yet the only time most of us are consciously thinking about the things in life we’re grateful for is during Thanksgiving (in the US), or perhaps around Christmastime or other holidays when we’re compelled to “count our blessings.”

But being grateful a couple times a year isn’t enough to really enjoy the benefits of a grateful life. Gratitude has much to offer you, but only if you make it a consistent element of our worldview.

So what are you supposed to do? Are you really supposed to take time out of your busy day to be grateful? And be grateful for what? I mean, after I’ve gone down my list of blessings–my family, my job, my house, my car, my clothes, etc.–what else can I add to the list?

Those who make a point of practicing gratitude and live life with a spirit of gratitude know a couple of secrets:

1. First, the more gratitude we cultivate for what we have, the more blessings and riches we receive.

It’s been said that it’s not happy people who are grateful, but grateful people who are happy. But how often have we unconsciously put the proverbial cart before the horse? By that I mean, how often do we wait until we receive something we value before feeling grateful for it? What happens when, instead, we begin with gratitude?

Cicero, Roman orator and philosopher of the 1st century BC said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

This implies that gratitude gives us more than we give it. The ROI (return on investment) is high. So high according to those who make a point of practicing gratitude, that it may well be the beginning of a truly awakened life.

You and I want to be happier, healthier people, right? Does that really all start with gratitude?

Think about it with me for a moment. Can one really give and receive love without a sense of gratitude or recognition for what love gives us? Is the compassion or forgiveness we express genuine without first a feeling of gratefulness for such gifts? Maybe Cicero (and others) were right.

Perhaps gratitude is where it all begins for those of us seeking a fulfilling and happy life.

2. A second secret known to those who practice gratitude is this: Gratitude is the antidote to worry and complaining.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you’re someone who sees a lot to complain about in the world today, well I’m right there beside you, my friend. How can you look around and not find something worrisome or irksome going on? Sometimes it seems that everyone, everywhere has a complaint of some kind and aren’t shy about voicing it.

It’s no wonder that people who express a feeling of gratitude toward life are seen by the majority as “out of touch,” or naive. I’m certainly guilty of writing off gratitude that way, and have instead been preoccupied with the drug of outrage.

Gratitude can seem like the furthest thing from my mind sometimes, especially when it feels like there’s so much wrong in the world. And yet, when I practice it, even for a few moments, a minor miracle occurs:

My world gets better. I get better. And I can free myself up to become solution-oriented rather than complaint-addicted.

Doris Day, the singer and actress who often graced movie screens in the 50s and 60s came up with one of my favorite quotes about a grateful life:

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”

Why choose to be impoverished when a spirit of gratitude can enrich our lives? And if you’re reading this, chances are good that you have a lot to be grateful for.

3. The third secret I wanted to share with you about the practice of gratitude is that it’s the avenue to joy.

I’m not talking mere contentment here. I’m talking flat-out, pure, full-strength, 100-proof joy of the blissed-out variety. We all know happy people, if only a few. But do you know someone truly joyful?

A joyful person is a rare breed, but he or she tends to stand out from the crowd. They smile all the time. They laugh easily, are open, loving, and just plain fun to be around. They often seem to be filled with a kind of unshakable groundedness and wisdom others envy.

Just take a look at this picture.

It’s called “New Shoes” and it was shot by photographer Gerald Waller in 1946. What you see here is a six year old Austrian boy named Werfel the moment he was given a new pair of shoes shortly after having been liberated from a Nazi concentration camp.

I don’t want to imagine what Werfel experienced in his young life in that concentration camp. Yet despite such a rough beginning, he’s clearly quite grateful for those shoes. And his gratitude is joyfully written all over his face!

Have you ever seen a photo of such pure joy?

Just by his expression you know that his response was not, “Well it’s about time!” or “These shoes are the wrong color,” or anything other than gratitude and joy. The moment this photo was shot, this little concentration camp survivor might have been the most joyful person on the planet.

Whenever I need a little help feeling grateful for something in my life, I try to conjure up this image of Werfel and his new shoes. And then I find myself feeling a sense of gratitude and joy about all the many things I’ve been blessed with in life.

That, in turn, and almost magically, somehow opens the doors and pathways through which even more blessings flow. Gratitude, it seems, leads to more and more things to be grateful for.

4. And here’s the last secret I wanted to share with you about gratitude: It’s not that hard to practice.

In fact, there’s really nothing to it other than to take the time to do it. It is, perhaps, the simplest form of mindful awareness, or what we at Centerpointe call “witnessing,” there is. There are no special props or equipment needed. It’s simply a matter of directing your attention.

At the beginning of this article, I invited you to take a moment to think of something you’re grateful for. I hope it wasn’t too hard to do. Even if things are tough right now, or perhaps you’re facing a dire or difficult circumstance, spend just a moment noticing something you can feel grateful for.

Do that again now, today, before all the other problems and distractions in life take you away from the moment. Then do it again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after. Begin to make gratitude something you practice a few minutes each day, whether morning or evening. Work it into your routine. Schedule it on your calendar if you have to.

With a little time and practice, you will see the gifts of gratitude multiply as they expand the joy in your life, and in the lives of those around you.


Wise Words


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