“The path of joy involves the ability to receive. You can surround yourself with love, friends that care, and have a healthy and fit body, if you choose. There is so much to be grateful for and appreciate. One of the ways to receive more is to spend time appreciating what you have. Acknowledge even the simplest things—the flowers you see or smell, the heartwarming smile of a child, the food you eat—and you will soon find the Universe sending you even more good things, for gratitude is magnetic.” Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy
Why is it so important that we be grateful for what we already have? After all, we may have felt ourselves lacking in many things that other people seem to acquire effortlessly.
The bottom line is that a grateful heart is a loving heart, and a loving heart is what we are here to cultivate. We draw things to ourselves with the Love that we send out. And if we don’t see the central place of love in our lives, then we are seeing amiss.
There is much that is secular in the law of attraction; one does not, after all, need to feel a particular attachment to a Deity to focus on that which we want, and then draw those things to ourselves. But sooner or later we will get tripped up if we don’t recognize that our bodies flourish under love, and languish under fear. If we draw primarily physical things in our desiring, we will find that we need to keep replacing one material desire with another; we will find ourselves insatiable. And fear is at the bottom of that transaction.
If we elicit fear in others, this same fear will revert to ourselves. And giving happiness to another reverts to ourselves as well.
We thrive in an atmosphere of happiness and joy, and gratitude is a one-way ticket toward both. We can simply know that we don’t understand the Whole in which we are encapsulated. We can simply know that a loving attitude makes us happier.
Our appreciation lubricates the wheels of existence, making that existence a matter that finds us, perhaps for the first time, truly living.