Hi everyone, this is the first video that I’m creating on this YouTube channel so if I have any sound issues or anything so I apologize in advance.
Basically I’ve created this YouTube channel because I’ve been through two traumas in my life… I lost my wife to cancer and my brother to post trauma. I decided that I’ve learned so much about life and I gained so many insights. I Buddhism and Hinduism and Tau and Kabbalah and many other philosophies that I cannot remember by heart now but I learned so many things in life and by going through what I’ve experienced so decided this is the best thing to do – to share my wisdom with the everyone who is seeking for a real light.
Today I wanted to talk to you about a new approach to practicing gratitude. So basically what is gratitude? Gratitude is a practice where you wake up everyday in the morning and you think about the things that you have and appreciate your life. When I first learned about gratitude I came across the misconception of creating your very own checklist and just thanking the 5 or 10 or 20 thinks that you really appreciate. And then you know, while practicing it I discovered my way of doing it better, so the misconception of gratitude is that you don’t just wake up and create your list and then go one item after another, because it’s not the really focusing on anything it’s like you know thanking whatever came up in that list.
So I decided that everyday when I wake up – when the mechanism of the brain called Reticular Activating System is starting to take place – just to open my eyes and when I do that I focus on one or two or three things. But when I focus on them I ask myself questions about the things that I am grateful for. For example, when I want to thank my colleague that sent me a nice message at work saying “thank you” for whatever I did that contributed to a big project that was going on. I’m really asking myself, “What do I appreciate about this thing, why do I really care about the friend that sent me a message?” So I’m starting to say something like: “thank you David, I really appreciate that this message came just at the right time when I needed the morning boost, opening Skype and reading this message has boosted my energy, and I really appreciate the fact that I have such a good friend at work that he is not just a colleague, he’s a really good friend that cares about my feelings, and I really appreciate the fact that I can be in a workplace that people really appreciate what I do”. Going on with that thought and delving into it and really expanding the thought about the message that I received and made my day.
There is a saying or or the mechanism of the Reticular Activating System which is a brain mechanism that is based on the principle of what you focus on expands. So if you put your attention or you put your focus on a specific thought and thank so many things around that thought, it really expands. You start seeing and visualizing things that you wouldn’t have thought about if you hadn’t decided to really put your focus on to that thought.
This is my tip for the day and I hope you really enjoyed this kind of approach of optimism and positive thinking. You can read more about it and the Positive Thinking Center that’s my blog where I write my insights about the world and tips about how to cope with the challenges of the day to day. So thank you very much and have a great day!