When we think gratitude, in the first place we pay attention to the circumstances around us. But gratitude is not an item delivered after a payment, gratitude is a response to a gift. We can feel gratitude for people we have in our lives, for our assets, things we have and that is certainly very good but how often do we feel happiness to wake up? All the work our body does, everything we do not even need to be aware of, works regardless of any external circumstances. Although we have some illnesses physically or mentally, we can pay attention to appreciate what is still delivered to us and work well 24/7. When you think about it and realize the beauty of being and having that gift to be part of something called life.
We do not have to wait to be shaken by tragic events to experience this state of being truly grateful for our lives. To stop and pay attention to our breaths and make an effort to be fully present in the moment every day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention of becoming more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force flowing through us regardless of our circumstances. The more gratitude we feel, the more we will be reminded of more things we can appreciate.
We are usually far too busy with circumstances in our lives to even come to that level of consciousness. But if we only feel gratitude when it serves us, it is not a true heartfelt gratitude. It is gratitude on the surface. Not until we suffer something dramatic in our lives as a deep awareness comes to life about what we really appreciate and are grateful for. And even after such an event, we can automatically switch to complaining about what happens instead of realizing which turn we have as a living.