The Gratefulness Exercises proposed in this article form the beginning towards a better understanding of a gratefulness practice.
They are useful to take us back, like a boomerang effect, to a starting point that allows us to experience a better integration of this gratefulness practice.
Thanks to the gratefulness exercises, we become more conscious of the Game of Life, which we can also look at as a Game of Give and Take.
According to Wiktionary:
Gratefulness: Acknowledgment of goodwill, of receiving a service.
Ungratefulness: Lack of recognition for a service received.
Resentment: Painful memory kept of slights and injuries, with a desire for revenge.
We will get back to it later in this article!
According to You:
Is “Life” good towards You?
Are you good towards Life?
Let’s start from the principle that “Life” is everything that is living, i.e. yourself and all the Others (living beings).
Our first two questions could be replaced by the next three:
Are you good towards yourself?
Are you good towards others?
Are others good towards you?
Proposed Gratefulness Exercices:
- The first exercise consists in being conscious of the possibility for yourself to feel gratefulness, or not, towards one or all of the living beings found in the answers to the above questions.
- In the second exercise, you will return to each of the above questions and add the word “How” to each, and to answer the questions with relevant examples from your life: How are you good towards yourself? How are you good towards others? How are others good towards you?
- For the third exercise, choose, with respect to the answers to the various questions, which word below best describes how you feel most often in front of the slings and arrows of fortune, i.e. “Life”. Do you feel:
According to us:
We would like to let you know our general observation and/or recommandation, without judgment: This is our way to thank you! According to the choice you made in exercise #3:
If you chose A) Gratefulness…
Then it seems you already found, or are close to finding, that abundance always exists on humankind’s path, no matter what. That this Abundance is called to manifest itself “through all that is living” and that your ability to believe in it and imagine it is sufficiently large to attract it to your life. Your perception about it allows you to adopt an attitude (thoughts, speech, actions) that are favorable to being recognizant of goodwill, or a service received, and we can hope, towards yourself just as well as towards others.
You simply need to keep thanking Life through your thoughts, words and gestures filled with gratefulness and kindness.
If you chose B) Ungratefulness…
Then it would seem that you are ready, or close, to accept the fact that there is some kind of lack of gratefulness from yourself towards Life. In this case, you are in a better position to understand the rules of the Game of Life, an expression used earlier in this article, and which can be summarized as: Everything that you sow, you will harvest, meaning that what someone gives in words or actions will be returned; what he’ll give, he’ll receive: Give and Take.
You then just need to sow a bit more of what you would like to harvest and learn to thank Life before even seeing the first signs of growth. It’s this faith well felt in this “Creative force” which makes all the difference.
Finally, if you chose C) Resentment…
Then it seems that you are taken by a feeling that keeps you from being in peace with yourself, or even that you are close to being freed thanks to a new awareness. Please know that the latter could happen by a dedicated practice of the gratefulness exercises in this article.
This could constitute the antidote to your resentment feeling.
All roads lead to Rome.. thus if you are going to follow ours, please know that you ought to include actively your conscious will to free yourself from this resentment feeling, and also to include your heart so as to transform this bitterness/resentment into compassion.
This compassion, which you will develop towards youself and others, will let you calm and neutralize the painful memories kept of past injuries coming from a distress.
Compassion : A feeling that makes us share the suffering of another, by intuition or cognition of this suffering.
Life takes us sometimes to surprising places… Compassion takes us back to the right place, without fail.. and Gratefulness allows us to appreciate this place, within ourselves.Social tagging: Mindfulness