This article is a guest post by Sandra Krot of Insight Principles
What are you grateful for? It’s a popular question this time of year. Perhaps your family traditionally reflects on this question around the holiday table. Or you may encounter it at religious services or even at business meetings. Or you may have read in self-help books the recommendation to make a daily gratitude list.
In this month’s newsletter I want to share how gratitude fits into an understanding of how the human mind works. My hope is to shed light on the natural workings of the mind. Realizing deeply how the mind works makes a life filled with gratitude possible.
One of the foundational principles of how the mind works is the fact that you live in the experience of your thinking. In other words, the feeling or experience of gratitude comes from thinking grateful thoughts. Everything you think is brought into your reality via the power of thought and consciousness within your mind.
Catalyzing this amazing process of reality creation within your mind is an intelligent energy. It is the same intelligent energy that runs the body and makes plants grow. The unadulterated and uncontaminated expression of this energy is love and understanding. Love and understanding is the natural state of your mind when you aren’t thinking yourself away from it. In turn, love and understanding naturally and effortlessly give rise to gratitude, compassion, presence, and other desirable experiences. Although it can be helpful to reflect on the things you’re grateful for, you don’t have to make gratitude happen.
Not sure? Remember this experiment? In our program, we asked you to think of a time when you were at peace and describe the inner qualities you experienced. You listed things like presence, connection, gratitude, joy, etc. Do you make these experiences come on line or do they just show up?
Let me say this another way: there is a perfection to the design of your mind. When you are in harmony with that perfection, you have what you need and most likely feel grateful for it. Is it possible to be in harmony 100% of the time? Probably not. I know I’m not. In times of disharmony it can be helpful to remember how the mind works.
Just to be clear, I am not saying you should be grateful. Sometimes I’m just not there. My hope is that you realize for yourself that gratitude is part of an innate package. Even in difficult times, the perfection of your mind exists. Finding harmony is always possible.
Perhaps that’s something to be grateful for most of all.
Wishing you a harmonious holiday season from all of us at Insight Principles!