Christmas … a time of joy, bliss and happiness. A wonderful time of the year associated with family gatherings, gifts, and a huge shopping list and stress!
So, how to make Christmas even more pleasant and create completely wonderful times, full of love and peace?
Now, take a deep breath and stop for a moment!
If you think of breathing as a gift, you have found the way to a peaceful life… that’s the thought that came to my stressful mind years ago and taught me a lot about gratitude. When I accepted breath as the gift of life, I accepted gratitude as a way to happiness.
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul,” – Amy Collette
And gratitude itself taught me a lot about unconditional love, humanity and humility. It helped me with self love and self respect, but also taught me a lot about acceptance, abundance and forgiveness. Gratitude taught me to live a happy life!
So, how to start?
The great way is to start is to be thankful for the little things we already have in our lives. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
Gratitude versus love: Probably the most difficult thing is to learn to accept and love yourself the way you are.
Smile at yourself, it’s the first step. Then accept who you are – your body, attitude, knowledge, etc..
One day I decided to be grateful for the smile I can share with others, the words I speak and thoughts I think. And do you know what happened? I started to think more of myself. Also I smiled more at others, I was aware of my words, thoughts and needs. Gradually I changed my life.
The first Christmas after the death of my father was very hard. I had no inner strength to enjoy and celebrate Christmas, but I wanted others to enjoy it.
So, the day before Christmas I re-organized my closet, and whatever I did not wear any more, I took to the orphanage. The smiles and the joy of the children were the most beautiful Christmas present for me.
Do a good deed, it comes back to you – by helping others, you help yourself!
Gratitude, Mercy and Forgiveness: The greatest foundation for our inner balance is our relationship. The relationship with yourself and others.
For example, I’ve been healing my relationship with my mum for a long time, it had been broken in my childhood.
The constant fighting, misunderstandings and anger between us prevented me from accepting everything the way it is. When my Mom became seriously ill, I suddenly felt she needed me.
Her illness helped me to discover a new shade of gratitude through forgiveness. I forgave her and myself. It started with one thing – to be grateful that she gave me a birth. Later, I was able to be grateful for everything she gave me, for what she taught me, for who
she was, for the time we’ve spent together in a good and bad days. She was cured, our relationship was healed.
“Everything Bad is Good for You.“
Love and gratitude are the greatest virtues to change, not only our inner world but also the world too.
Start now. Take a deep breath and exhale love… be thankful for all the little things you know or you have. Be grateful for what you have and you get more of everything to be grateful for.
“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley