Life challenges ~ paying attention to gratitude
What role does gratitude play in helping to keep our lives simple? Let’s face it life can be challenging at times, but when we take a moment to inquire what the challenge is really all about it provides an opportunity for us to be grateful for what is, as it is.
I’m not suggesting life challenges are the easiest situations to move through when we are faced with money, relationship, health issues or some form of loss. But what I do know to be true is when you make a choice to truly be open and surrender to these circumstances instead of resisting them, peace arises, and fear stops running the agenda.
When I reflect on the challenges I have encountered throughout my lifetime I can say without a doubt I am grateful for the experiences that have cracked this heart open. Mind you, at the time it’s occurring, we can all say ‘this doesn’t feel that great,’ and that is also true, but as we allow the heart to crack open during these challenging times it reveals the peace that is always there for us. We have been conditioned to avoid letting the heart break open at all costs but have you ever noticed when you have been through a very emotional experience in your life what tends to follow after the release of the heart cracking open is a sense of peace or stillness?
Have you ever begun your day and for no reasons at all you feel an amazing sense of joy, peace or love and there is absolutely nothing to attribute it to? You didn’t win the lottery, you’re not on vacation, your challenges haven’t disappeared, yet you feel free or at ease with life. This is what is calling for our attention, this is what is available to all of us in any given moment and, this is what helps to keep our life simple. This is what I am so deeply grateful for. And it’s that, which we can’t seem to name, but we know it intimately without a doubt when it arises.
Next time you feel this presence in your life, do yourself a favour and really stop to acknowledge it. I always take my hand and put it on my heart and say ‘yes, this is it ~ thank you, thank you. I am grateful for this’.
Honour your spirit and walk towards the journey your heart desires. Always in love,
Lorraine Wilson has been on a journey of self discovery for many years. She openly shares her experience with others and offers hope, inspiration and an invitation to “Keep Life Simple” through self inquiry. She lives on the West Coast with her children.
Lorraine has been influenced and is incredibly grateful for the teachings of Gangaji, Adyashanti, Eckart Tolle, Pamela Wilson, Muni and His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. She has worked in the field of communications and broadcasting for over the 30 years and utilizes her communication skills as a program facilitator and provides one on one support to others who desire to investigate their life journey.
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