Every once in a while you discover something so powerful, so life changing, yet so simple it blows your mind. This very thing happened to me in 2006. The discovery was the power of gratitude, and I have been on an epic journey guided by it ever since. Through an online movement called "Go Gratitude", I was exposed to the way of thinking that by giving thanks for what I already had, more of life's good stuff would make it's way to me. The effect was profound and almost instant. My relationships improved, I attracted an amazing job that filled me with joy, and for the first time in my life, even though I was attracting more and more good into my life, deep down I felt like I already had enough. This feeling of enough can guide you from a depleted, struggling and empty life to one of abundance, joy and all things sparkly! The ancient yogi's describe having enough in the Niyama of Santosha (aka contentment) The Buddha acknowledges that "life is suffering" - which I interpret as life if left unchecked can turn into a constant cycle of wanting more, more, more and never being satisfied with what you already have. My favourite bloggers and simple living enthusiasts The Minimalists offer the term "enoughism" to replace minimalism if that term seems a bit much for you. Even Tony Robbins expresses that the secret to becoming wealthy is to live from a place of gratitude!
You have enough and you are enough. For me, this is the basis of being simply grateful. Every day of your life, no matter the circumstances, you have a chance to pause and feel some gratitude. The sun shining through your kitchen window, a cuddle from your favourite pet, and when ALL else fails, the unbelievable miracle that you are breathing and alive, living a life that nobody else in the history of the universe will ever get to live.
So pull out your journal or start a blog, heck even write it on the back of a napkin - but make it a daily practice to give thanks for all the good you already have in your life, and be prepared for the unending supply of more good things to come.