Gratitude - The Secret to Success in Mothering

What is success in mothering?


When we can instill in our children a sense of wonder and awe about life
When our children are guided by their own inner lights

When our children have a deep sense of joy in their hearts
When our children face their difficulties as challenges sent to aid their growth
When you as a mother embody all of the above and act as an inspiring model for those around you.

The formula is really very simple. Here's the secret - Gratitude. There is no greater way to bring yourself into the here and now and to create positive change in your life than to practise 'an attitude of gratitude'. It opens your heart and brings joy to your life.



Think about the sort of mother you will be. For when you are giving thanks it is impossible to be negative, to critise and blame, to complain, to rush or be grumpy.
What better example to your kids?

Modern science is now proving what spiritually we have known for years; that a heart open in gratitude actually raises our vibrational level. With all the talk these days about 'The Secret' and the Law of Attraction, holding an attitude of gratitude is the #1 practice to kickstart your spiritual development and personal growth.


Life is a journey and if you go through it blinkered and looking only towards the destination, you miss the wonder of life, the Now. When you reach the destination, the journey is over and done! So enjoy the ride. From moment to moment this is all there is. Isn't it great!

"Spiritual development is not about religious rituals and practices; it is about waking up to the wonder of life." - David N. Elkins
 
A Gratitude Journal

One way to bring more gratitude into your life is to keep a gratitude journal. You can buy one, for example, 'The Secret' Gratitude Book or the 'Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude', or you could look around the shops to find a beautifully bound notebook that can act as a journal. Then find a time during the day (best time is at the end of the day before you go to sleep) to write in it 5 things for which you are grateful. They could include: There is no situation in which you cannot be grateful for something, however small. I bet you can think of at least 10 things for which to be grateful right now!
  • your health
  • your child's health
  • the love and/or support of family or friends
  • your financial situation (the bill that eventually got paid!)
  • the weather
  • having food to eat
  • air to breathe
  • the warm bed you are lying in
  • or simply that your terrible day is now over.
As you bring your attention to the things you are grateful for, you will slowly begin to appreciate the little moments of the day - your child's smile as you wake, the quiet moments when she sleeps, going out for a walk on a beautiful day/drizzly day, lunch accompanied by your toddler's mucky but contented face, an unexpected nap in the afternoon or mid-morning, putting the kids to bed safe and sound in comfy beds (remembering those who for whatever reason cannot), their soft breathing and peaceful faces as they eventually drift off...

Do not take these moments lightly. These are times to be treasured. I don't know about you but I have a feeling that life doesn't get much better than this!! Soon you will begin to see how blessed you are among women. There will be a glow about you and your friends will tell you that there's something different about you - maybe it's your hair...!

A Gratitude Stone
 
Another useful tool to bring your attention back to thanksgiving is the Gratitude Stone. Find a stone in your garden or the park that catches your eye and seems special to you in some way. Keep it somewhere where you will see it often - a pocket, on the side in the kitchen, your dressing table, your office desk or handbag. Everytime you become aware of it, see it or feel it, say 'thank you' for something.
 

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -because we will always want to have something else or something more."
- Brother David Steindl-Rast

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." - Denis Waitley

I appreciate you taking the time to read my words. I am grateful that I have this medium to reach so many people to inspire and uplift you all! I give thanks that I am a mother and have been entrusted with the guardianship of 3 wondrous souls. I am so blessed! And so are you.
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