How to Be Grateful for What You Have
Let’s review what Dr. Hawkins suggests in his advanced spiritual teaching for how to be grateful for what you have and be grateful for what you have become.
Acknowledge all that you’ve learned from all the effort you have put into this life to this point, and be grateful for it.
I like to write down in a journal or on a piece of paper all that I have accomplished in life and all the special moments I know I contributed to another’s well-being in a significant way.
He makes a very significant point: you build upon the past and are attracting the future.
Most of humanity’s problem is that the past is over, yet we keep dwelling on it, thereby attracting to ourselves repetitions of the past. If you love what you’ve created and want to continue repeating your success, then, by all means, continue to be grateful for what you have and what you have created.
Say yes to life!
“Yes, life, thanks for more!”
The common problem however is that we are negatively oriented s we dwell on the past. We disparage and berate ourselves for things we regret or could have done better. Or, unwittingly, we become victims of the past, our upbringing, our families, etc…and we cast blame outside of ourselves onto others or events.
This creates a problem as it blocks our intention to be more grateful in life. Again, there needs to be willingness to let go of the past, forgive yourself for lack of maturity and understanding about some things and accept tat in order for anything to change move forward in life requires present moment living and acceptance of what is, while letting go of things as they present themselves in the present moment.
Another issue for most humans is that we also dwell in the future.
The future isn’t here yet, it doesn’t exist! The only thing we have to work with is the present moment.
So how else can you be more grateful for what you have?
Let go of putting any conditions on your happiness.
In Dr. Hawkins’s spiritual teaching today, he shares Detachment VS Cravingness.
Let go of the low level of consciousness known as cravingness or desire at 125 on the Map. This lower level leads to disappointment. If you always feel disappointed, then it’s a sign you are attached or have an egoic bind to this lower level of consciousness. This particular level can easily lead to resentment, bitterness, and anger.
When you understand what letting go is all about and how it is actually done, then the blocks for being more grateful will be dissolved. And the blocks to receiving more of what you want in life, that’s much easier to be grateful for, will be removed.
Dr. Hawkins suggests choosing one thing to become detached from. He makes a good point that people always ask, “If I become detached from what I want, how will I ever get what I want to be grateful for?”
Trust me (as I have already gone through this) that when you start to let go of attachments to anything, it’s freeing, and in fact, you forget you even had the attachment.
It takes practice, but the higher consciousness of your intent and the practice will prevail over time.
“To be detached means, if it happens, GREAT; if it doesn’t happen, fine.”
In reality, it doesn’t matter either way, especially if you have learned how to be happy with your own existence.
If you haven’t learned how to be happy with your own existence, then the process of letting go and practicing detachment will improve your overall well-being over time.
Gratitude for what one has and what one is a great goal.
The intention to align with truth and understanding is an advanced spiritual practice and intention that you can be grateful for in general.
Remember, the past and the future do not exist. Like Eckhart Tolle likes to teach, dwell in the present moment. This is all that exists.
I hope you’ve found today’s mini spiritual teaching on being grateful for what you have helpful. Please share your comments and questions below.
See all of Dr. Hawkins Advanced Spiritual Teachings here.