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The Fail-Safe Way to Feel Good

"You are a great wizard. You can use your powers to practice white magic on yourself instead of the other kind. The most basic way to do that is to concentrate on naming, savoring, and feeling gratitude for the blessings you do have -- your love for your kid, the pleasures of eating the food you like, the sight of the sky at dusk, the entertaining drama of your unique fate. Don't ignore the bad stuff, but make a point of celebrating the beautiful stuff with all the exuberant devotion you can muster."-- Rob Brezsny

Every wisdom tradition has a practice of gratitude. We offer thanks not only for some presumed spiritual or ethical benefit, but because it works.

The heartfelt expression of gratitude lifts us out of the mind’s usual restless feeling of “not enough” into the joy of sufficiency.  We open ourselves to take in the blessings that surround us.

Let's do an experiment, right now.  Put your hand on your heart. Name 5 things for which you're grateful. Feel that gratitude. Immerse yourself in it.

Actually do this, right now.  It takes one minute. At least 5 things.

What do you notice after doing this practice?

Now, name 5 things about your child for which you're grateful.

See how this could turn your whole life around?

As Meister Eckhart said, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."

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