The Gratitude Game
For me, the greatest part of The Secret is the astonishing power of gratitude. I wake up each morning with the intention of giving thanks for every thing I have received and continue to receive in my life. One of the main occupations in my day is to expand the list in my Gratitude Journal. If a thought of doubt enters my mind or someone says something and I find myself feeling upset and unable to focus on love, I just pick up my journal and start reading it aloud. Initially, my mind refuses to listen but as I persist and continue to read more and more points, I find myself feeling better.
I frequently play a game with my mom which I call The Gratitude Game. Both of us sit down with a pen and paper in hand and write down things we are grateful for along with a reason for 15 minutes. As soon as the timer starts, our minds get absolutely engrossed in coming up with what we have and why we are thankful about them. Whoever comes up with more things, wins!
Think of each second of your life as an opportunity to give thanks. The amazing thing is that you can do this anywhere, while you are getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, in the shower, anywhere. When I sit to study, I say “Thank you for my books that enable me to become educated.” After I have finished a chapter or solved a tough question, I say “I am blessed with a good IQ, thank you”
The reason why gratitude was so powerful for me is because it put me in a ‘have’ state. The law of attraction responded by bringing more things to be grateful for and eliminating any negativity or problems. The idea is, as Rhonda has put beautifully, ‘to get locked into the frequency of gratitude’ by making it the sole intention of directing all your thoughts towards what you have.
Sometimes I find it difficult to feel the feelings of gratitude and I find myself doing only a rote routine. In such a situation, I first put myself in a state of joy, by listening to some happy songs, watching a comedy show, dancing or whatever it is that I like doing. Then I ask myself this question, “What are the basic requirements of every human being”. A healthy body, yes I have that, thank you. Nutritious food to eat and clean water to drink, yes I have that thank you. A loving family, yes I have that too. And so I go on and on, from being grateful for the house I live in to being grateful for soap.
I would like to conclude with this saying by Buddha “You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy”. Thank You!