Just about everyone I know or meet is carrying some kind of pain or burden. Often a brave face is shown with attempts to minimize the stress that’s creating the worry within. Let’s face it, life is filled with challenges, obstacles and definitely isn’t always as sweet as we’d like.
It doesn’t have to be this way – not 100% or 50% or even any of the time. This morning I read a striking quote by Louise Hay that speaks volumes.
“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”
So, how can thinking be fixed? Is it as difficult as you might imagine? If you’ve read my book “A Square Peg” you’ll have followed my journey from one perspective and conforming life into another, totally unexpected lifestyle which enabled many hidden aspects of myself to emerge. One thing I didn’t share in the book, but which is actually an important part of my ongoing life journey is something I was guided to do daily.
I was guided to give gratitude. It was a journey of learning. Initially I commenced by saying “I am grateful for the food on my table, roof over my head, money to pay the bills, etc”. In time I came to view such things as the Tangibles. After a while my gratitude practice expanded to include the Intangibles. These are such things as love, laughter, optimal health, peace of mind, friendships, etc. They are the important enriching aspects of daily life.
Finally there was another aspect included in the daily practice. I commenced giving gratitude for such things as particular pieces of furniture, clothing etc – needed but not necessarily within in financial budget at that stage. Here’s the important part of this particular gratitude practice. It’s stated in the present tense as if it’s already there. Not that it will be, but it’s in existence at the moment.
Within 3 months I noticed that I felt happier within, held more constant thoughts of appreciation, felt better about myself and life generally. In terms of manifesting things physically – well, that took a bit longer, another 2 to 3 months. The bigger the item desired the longer it may take.
Here’s the thing about gratitude practice. It’s a daily thing, sometimes it happens many times each day. Being in appreciation and giving gratitude is without doubt one of the easiest and most powerful ways of changing thinking.
Initially I merely made the statements of gratitude. They were sentences only. However, I found that after some time there was actually a feeling happening. I felt gratitude from my heart, it no longer was merely a mental exercise. Once the energy of feeling had built up then the manifestation became more effortless. My thinking changed automatically, no longer seeing the worst but seeing the reason for whatever was happening and then being able to express gratitude for its occurrence.
While I cannot speak for the intended meaning behind the Louise Hay statement I can hazard a strong guess that she, in her own way, also found it possible to live in a state of gratitude and appreciation.