Why can we only achieve flashes of enlightenment? Split seconds of divine inspiration and realization?
Because if we were ever to actually realize how sacred life is, our minds would be blown away beyond our wildest imaginations. Life, us, we are just too magnificently divine.
Everything in life sacred. Everything is spiritual. Everything is astonishing.
It’s so easy to glaze over advice to be more grateful for everything in your life because, well, everyone is on their gratitude game now. The “be thankful” message is blasted all over social media and it’s so easy to swipe up with a nod in agreement and then in the same moment complain about how horrible people can be, or how your life is just not good right now. You are just soooooo busy with this and that.
That moment is when you miss the mark. A sin really.
How Not to Gloss Over the Wonders of Being Grateful
When you examine what the act of appreciation does for you and how it transforms your life, you will see it is like a strong dose of pure magic. To be grateful for what you do have in life, down to the very breath you are taking right now (yes, that is a gift), is to paint a new reality right before your eyes.
It is a reminder that everything is sacred.
To acknowledge the gift of a home cooked meal, will turn those scrambled eggs and toast into a feast of nourishment that warms your heart.
To recognize a text from a friend who is just checking in, can take a lonely and “busy” moment to a new level of love and understanding.
To welcome the opportunity to help a family member in need of advice will elevate your consciousness from “what an interruption” to a much more meaningful moment in your life.
According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude (the quality of being thankful and readiness to show appreciation) literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier.
When you really think about it, the mere moment of appreciation is an act of pure alchemy. Golden.