The Attitude of Gratitude

Five years ago, a friend of mine intro­duced the Sci­ence of Mind con­cept to me. If you are famil­iar with The Secret, Sci­ence of Mind (SoM) is the in-depth ver­sion. It’s where The Secret was based on. The the­o­ry behind SoM is easy enough to under­stand. Prac­tic­ing it, how­ev­er, is anoth­er thing. There had been so many improp­er mind con­di­tion­ings we were exposed to that it takes time to make new neur­al path­ways. One prac­tice in SoM that helps ease you into the SoM state of mind is the grat­i­tude diary.  Look for the book Sci­ence of Mind by Ernest Holmes for a more detailed expla­na­tion of SoM.

Every­day, upon wak­ing up, find some­thing to be thank­ful about. It could be big, or mun­dane. Make a grat­i­tude jour­nal. Write the things you want to man­i­fest. Write about what you are thank­ful about, even when you don’t feel like it. In my case, I do the grat­i­tude jour­nal when I’m about to sleep at 5 am, after work. I’d read a page from my dai­ly affir­ma­tions for a dose of pos­i­tiv­i­ty and inspi­ra­tion. I do my morn­ing sun salu­ta­tions, and go to sleep hop­ing for a bet­ter day when I wake up. 

When I was a stu­dent of SoM, we had jour­nals. These jour­nals were like our per­son­al book of shad­ows. A few days ago, I chanced upon my first jour­nal, and I found some­thing I scrib­bled dur­ing one of our feng shui lessons. I wrote I want­ed a job where I could be myself, no fil­ter, an awe­some boss, great peo­ple to work with, etc. It was a tall order at that time, but hell, I wrote what was in my heart. I had a good job, but I was con­stant­ly feel­ing burned out. Some­thing was miss­ing, and I couldn’t put a fin­ger to it. Now, I have the job I was just scrib­bling about.

I’ve learned to pay atten­tion to the lit­tle things and try to look for rea­sons to appre­ci­ate the day and again, give thanks. If my day didn’t turn out good, I have mas­tered the art of cut­ting myself some slack for being imper­fect, and let go of things I have no pow­er to change.

I’m shar­ing this atti­tude of grat­i­tude prac­tice because today, I looked back to the days I prayed for what I have now. This is not the best day of my life. It’s qui­et the oppo­site to be hon­est. But then again, I have a choice on how to react to it—that is, the choice to see the light amidst the dark­ness. I’ve been in the light for so long now I’ve cho­sen to nev­er be afraid of the dark again. 

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