The Greek philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, encouraged the understanding and importance of recognizing what is in your control and what is not. By acting on what we can control, and ignoring what we can’t, we direct our energy away from negative emotions. One of his specific meditations, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Dr. Martin Seligman, the original leader of the field of Positive Psychology, has done extensive research on the benefits and power of life lived with engagement, meaning, purpose and gratitude. His research has shown that people who score highest in gratitude are also highest in well-being.
Some people are naturally inclined to wake up in the morning and do what Aurelius encouraged by starting each day with a breath and meditation to embrace the beauty of the dawn. Others require a bit more specific instruction and practice. The good news is that Seligman’s work demonstrates that intentional actions, gratitude interventions, such as journals, letters, visits, create neurological connections and pathways that allow for more naturalized processes over time.
It is compelling to consider the power of living life with a positive focus fueled by gratitude. While we can’t eliminate all hardships or difficulties, we can mitigate their negative impact by shifting to a daily practice based on understanding what we can control, the benefit of starting each day with a breath, and a simple meditation moment. I refer to “Gratitude Mindset” as the corner stone and foundation for being in the “Here and Now” and living positively, engaged, connected and with meaning.
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