AND Add Two Scoops Of Gratitude

January 19th, 2014

 When I left the house, it was just starting to snow. On my way to do several errands, I noticed that the roads were covering very quickly. In no time, the driving conditions were quite slippery. I turned on music that I love. It was soothing and beautiful.

In the context of beautiful music in the car, I watched as a winter wonderland appeared before my eyes. Even as the beauty of the scene registered, I was notified by the car’s warning system that the roads were slippery and I was sliding. Time to slow down, pay attention to the road, AND be grateful for both the beauty surrounding me, and the car’s warning system.

Even as I watched the road, I noticed the snow-covered geese swimming in the marsh, the deep green fir trees laden with snow, and the flakes falling on everything around me. Invoking gratitude was easy. I was grateful when the brakes worked, and when they didn’t, I was grateful that no other car was approaching. The snow was silent, creating an enveloping peacefulness. AND the music calmed my otherwise-focused mind.

No matter what the circumstances, we have the opportunity to balance the overall experience of a situation by making sure to find at least two things to appreciate, even in the face of danger, negativity or other challenges. By so doing, we come away with a more complete awareness of more than whatever the perceived threat, negative energy, or challenge any situation brings. By looking for what to appreciate, we develop the sensory awareness of how to see, hear, or feel what else is going on that we can respond to with gratitude.

By focusing on adding two scoops of gratitude, we connect more closely with our heart’s wisdom in the moment and temper the mind’s ability to react with fear, anger, impatience, or any other unconscious response to unmet desires and expectations. We broaden our focus to perceive more of what is going on. AND we build the muscle to slow down our automatic responses and become more mindful of the broader context.

We may just find more ease, detachment, creativity, and happiness by promising ourselves to balance any judgment, criticism, disappointment, or other perceived negativity with the naming of at least two things for which we are also grateful in the moment. AND I suspect we will be even more grateful for what changes within us over time when we choose to fulfill the promise on a regular basis.

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