Focus on What We Have Already Been Given

“Perhaps the most ironic part of this understanding is that when you focus on what you have instead of what you want, you end up getting more of what you want anyway.  It works this way:  The gratitude that develops works as positive energy, or fuel, that leads toward your heart’s desire.  Optimism leads to satisfaction, which encourages you to take action and look for more positive aspects in your life.  Negativity, or focusing your energy on what’s lacking in your life, only encourages you to find more of the same.  It’s impossible to feel satisfied.”  Shortcut through Therapy, by Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson’s comment might be best summed up as “count your blessings.” When we focus on lack, we are creating lack–a prime way that the law of attraction seems, but only seems, to work in reverse. When we become negative, we may become resentful, and this type of negativity hinders and stops the flow of good into our lives. When we focus on what we have, being happy about what we have (a synonym for “blessed”), our minds are uplifted and a positive flow enters and transforms. The law of attraction gives us the goodies only when we stay upbeat and avoid reactivity about what we don’t have.

Think of how much we have. Did we stop to assess, or did we just add to our “wants” list with more? Were we ever satisfied, even for a moment?

With this type of mind slant, we are shooting ourselves in the foot. Only when we start to count the blessings of what we have already been given, do the floodgates from Heaven open and pour more down upon our heads.


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