Thursday, April 26, 2012
Law of Attraction:Wanting More While Still Expressing Gratitude For What You Already Have
There is nothing wrong with wanting the most we can get out of life. It is okay to want money, we just want to avoid that pursuit becoming the end-all-be-all of our existence. It is okay to want nice things. It is okay to refuse to settle for mediocrity and just good enough. We deserve happiness and we have every right to pursue it. No one should ever make you feel guilty for your desire to live life to the fullest and go after every single thing you want in this world. But, in this pursuit of our ideal life, we can often lose sight of all the wonderful things we might already have.We put all our focus on the things we do not yet have. This is problematic in many ways. Namely, it decreases your happiness in the present moment and it also serves as a barrier to letting all these wonderful things you have set your sights on into your experience. If you want law of attraction to work for your benefit rather than your detriment, you will need to work on cultivating feelings of gratitude for what is already present in your life while still setting your sights on the bigger and better things.
What we attract into our lives is heavily influenced by our predominant energy we are putting out there. Our predominant energy is determined by the predominant thoughts and feelings we have. Consciously focusing on all the things we have to be grateful for creates good thoughts and feelings, which will create a good energy. An attitude of gratitude will make the law of attraction work in your favor. Feeling good about the things you already have is a necessary component to getting more in life. What we focus on expands and if we focus on all the good that is already present in our life, more good will come. If all we focus on in our life is what is missing, what we still lack, what is bad, guess what we will get more of in our experience?
This attitude of gratitude can be challenging for many reasons. First, we have been conditioned with some pretty negative thought patterns and our problems and the not-so-great aspect of our lives tend to have a very strong pull on us. There could be 99 great things going on in your life right now, but you will tend to give your attention to the one thing that is not great, that is not the way you want it. These feelings of aversion are so strong and we convince ourselves our lives are so terrible because we are missing this one thing in life, because this one thing is not the way we want it to be. We believe we must give our problems our full attention -- to act in any other way would be naive or unrealistic.
Secondly, expressing sincere gratitude can be difficult because we take for granted many of the things that we should have profound gratitude for. We take them as a given and we do not realize how great it is to have these things. Of course we would realize it if they were taken away the next day. I am talking about food to eat, having a place to live, your freedom, your health, friends, family. I remember about 2 1/2 years ago, I was having trouble breathing and I went to the hospital. It was nerve-racking waiting in the ER for hours, wondering what the tests would reveal. What if I ended up with some horrible chronic condition, what if I had a tumor? For the most part, I believed I was okay, but you never know. I knew there was something wrong and I was not accustomed to having health issues. I had a blood clot in my lung and I needed to be admitted right away and started on medication. Sitting in a hospital bed for several days, getting blood taken eight times a day, not being allowed to get out of bed and not being able to breathe normally was quite upsetting and a huge wake-up call. I was extremely upset and I could only imagine how I would have felt if I actually had some sort of serious condition that could not be completely cured. Even though my breathing has long since returned to normal, I still feel a sense of gratitude every time I take a deep breath. I am much more aware of how lucky I am to be healthy.
No matter what is happening right now, no matter how many things you can point to that seem to suck in your life at this very moment, you need to move your attention to the things to be grateful for, no matter how insignificant they may seem compared to your problems now. It is all a matter of perspective and you can choose to feel good even if your logical mind cannot see anything to feel good about right now. There is nothing wrong with wanting to change your circumstances or feeling dissatisfied with your current state of affairs, but to change them as quickly as possible, you need to shift your energy to a higher place and you will only accomplish that by seeing all the good in your life as it is right in this moment. I know this can be challenging and I lose sight of this sometimes just like anyone else. But in working with the principles of law of attraction, I have gained a greater awareness of how this idea works in our lives and I am getting better at remembering it in the moments I find myself going down a path that is counterproductive to getting what I want. The same will happen for you too.