The title of this post seems obvious, of course you know you’re alive, it’s the most obvious thing, but how often do we take a moment to realise how amazing that really is?
If we look at our lives or the lives of most people, everyone is searching for that big event, or that big moment to finally say ” Yes! now I’m living!!” Completely forgetting that knowing we are alive is the biggest miracle of all. They talk a lot about gratitude is spirituality, if our lives are built on a foundation of gratitude for the simple fact that we know we are alive and what a miracle and mystery that is, everything that comes after that is a bonus.
I’ve noticed in myself and others that when actions or things are done from a place of not being grateful for what we have and chasing more and more, it seems to not work out for the best. Desperately chasing money makes us lose more of it, desperately chasing people makes them run faster from us etc.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with setting and achieving goals or wanting a better life, we have to do something while on this earth, but I feel if we start with taking time out daily to realise, appreciate and be grateful for firstly knowing we are alive, then being grateful for the blessings we do have and learning to be happy with what we currently have, after that for sure, aspire for more, the only difference is it’s not coming from a place of needing more to prove anything to anyone or to boost our ego, it’s coming from a place of wanting to challenge ourselves and improve ourselves.
Daily meditation is a great way to take time out to appreciate the miracle of knowing we are alive, to see what we truly are behind all the thoughts, feelings and ideas we take ourself to be, to see we are already complete and that by doing actions that we feel will complete us will only hurt us in the long run.
We only have this moment, how we treat this moment we treat all moments. I’ve noticed in my life and the lives of others who are constantly grateful and humble with what they have, more comes to them, those constantly not grateful it seems to backfire. If we master the art of being grateful for what we have we become unstoppable in a sense, if more comes that’s great but if it doesn’t that’s ok too. It all starts though with appreciating the fact of knowing we are alive and branches out from there, happiness is a state of mind, not a state of having any particular object. That’s my thoughts on the matter anyway.
Thanks for reading,