What are the benefits of gratitude?

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September 20, 2017

To be grateful is one of the most beautiful gifts that we are granted in this lifetime.

When gratitude is present in our daily lives, everything that we see, do and experience is much more precious and sacred.

If your grateful for the precious gift of life, you will naturally honor and cherish the breath, while always taking care to safeguard what goes into the lungs so you can essentially breathe easier.

Being grateful will automatically align you with a meditative state of mind because you spend time focusing and concentrating on all of life’s wonderful gifts that abound all around everyday (I’ve done this for years).

And, how can I even begin to describe the miracle of being able to move the body and flow with rhythm. The body is an amazing masterpiece that we’re all given access to and should never be overlooked or taken for granted, ever!

Every heartbeat that flutters with emotion, every breath, every sensation and emotion that we experience in the body, not to mention the gift of joyful, spontaneous movement that guides the body to move everyday.

So much gratitude for the food that gives the body nutrition.

Have you ever picked an apple by hand from an apple tree? Imagine the experience of walking through a path in the forest only to come to an opening, and, standing right before your very eyes is a giant, majestic apple tree bearing red, juicy, sweet and succulent fruits that dangle and hang so freely from it’s limbs.

Then, as you gaze up at the perfect apple the sun interrupts your focus with it’s luminous rays piercing through the branches your retina.

And then you slowly reach up with your left hand to pluck this apple from the branches, and all of a sudden you realize that the vital nourishment that you’re about to receive from this apple will continue to give you energy and grant you sustenance to continue living life!

This is receiving and feeling gratitude on an experiential level and it happens every day.

On the other end of the spectrum, the tree expresses gratitude by offering the fruits of its existence to all the animals and creatures of this world. It does this to offer nourishment to their bodies and minds, without ever expecting anything in return, not even a thank you. This is one of the trees truist expressions of being.

Done, just for the love of it. Yep!

The presence of gratitude can be extended well beyond the tree, this cycle of gratitude can be linked to almost every single exchange in the universe.

The same exchange that happened between you and the tree also happens between the tree and the earth in the form of the roots of the tree extracting vital nourishment from the earth.

It also happens from above by way of receiving nourishment from the cosmic sphere of influence into its leaves and branches.This is just one variation of “everyday gratitude” in live action between to beings.

Now, some people may say that this is a little extreme however I think it’s extreme to just simply overlook the profound intensity that can accompany every single interaction that we all have every day.

It’s 100% your choice how fully you want to engage and be immersed in the experience of life.

Gratitude is the king and queen of all virtues. It’s the fertilizer that ignites and nourishes everlasting happiness,

It’s the gateway key to living a truly inspired life.

It clearly has a profound effect on and helps to mold and shape the quality of the mind and psychological state of our equilibrium.

When gratitude is present, it has a natural inclination to spill over into every area of our lives, thus improving the quality and adding the vibration of love to our friendships, relationships and ourselves.

It alters how we see and experience the world in and around us. When you are grateful, your cup is naturally half full and many times, overflows with goodness.

Staying true to the theme of longevity, when you welcome in and cultivate gratitude, you will live a longer, healthier and much more happy life.

Not only that, but when gratitude is present, it’s more likely that regret is absent. This is because when someone is grateful they can’t help but always see the goodness in all things, situations and people, even if it’s a hard lesson to learn.

And when you see the good in all things and people it becomes crystal clear that everything that’s happening right now in this very moment, along with the past and future, was all supposed to happen for us all to reach this point in time, it’s all a vital part of the cosmic journey.

So, how do you open up and welcome more gratitude into your everyday life?

A good place to start is to start to become aware of and more present of all the gifts that surround you everyday.

And, what usually happens is that when you practice being grateful, the people that are close to you also get infected with these positive, warm hearted vibrations too.

Hands down, one of the best ways to practice being grateful is to start and end each day by thinking of at least one thing that your grateful for. This exercise has a unique way of starting each day truly great, and closes the day with more beauty and satisfaction.

One of my favorite ways to invite more gratitude into my life is to have a gratitude journal next to my bed everyday, this way, I can write down and document what I’m grateful for and I never forget to do it.

Plus, it only takes a few minutes to do and I always end up feeling more happy and complete.

When you do this exercise every day, it’s like you are flexing and working out your gratitude muscle. It’s like anything else, the more energy that you focus on something, the greater it becomes and expands.

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About the author

My name is Dale Hoskins. My intention is to help accompany you to develop your highest potential as a human being, and to fully express your true gifts in this world. This will lead to a more embodied and fulfilled life, that's characterized by love, joy and a deep sense of ease and peace, for you and for all other sentient beings.

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