I use a method of gratitude training called “A.h.h. – Gratitude! When Awareness, Honesty, and Humility are sequentially combined to reach the highest state of mind!
It’s that “Ahh” feeling that we all crave and its best achieved when you are in a state of gratitude. Even getting a fleeting glimpse of gratitude in your day, can leave you in a grandiose state of mind, but it’s not always easy to see the great things you already have in your life.
As we move mechanically through our day, the pressure of the outside world combined with our will to stay focused, disciplined and productive, keeps our vision tunneled and doesn’t allow for a full peripheral. Being in a state of awareness is a different type of vision that allows you to see your blind spots where gratitude can often be found.
For most of our waking hours, it’s important to be focused if we want to get things done, but you are missing the big picture if you don’t set aside some time in your day to be in deeper state of awareness.
What this may look like for you, could be just getting outside and going for a quick walk, or sitting still in silence for a few minutes a day.
I use a method and practice called “A.H.H. – Gratitude!” which works very well at getting me into a state of gratitude that I constantly crave. When Awareness, Honesty, and Humility are sequentially combined, you have just earned yourself a free ride into the great world of gratitude.
It’s a chance to take a break and a breath so you can take a closer look at your thoughts, feelings and emotions. When your vision expands, you will be given plenty to ponder. It is how we respond to these thoughts that will determine the feelings, actions and outcomes that we are left with.
Whatever it looks like for you, the outcome is generally the same. You will experience an expanded view of your inner world since you are not so distracted by other people, places and things from your outside world.
When you reach this expanded state, the next step requires you to be Honest. In this case, honest with yourself. This type of honesty is often the most problematic because your false pride or ego will do it’s job and defend you at all costs. You will need to filter out all of these defenses, justifications and excuses that your false pride continues to feed you.
To do so you will require a deep sense of Humility. By definition, humility can be described as having a true sense of self, void of any false pride. A profound understanding that we are human and imperfect just like everybody else. Again our false self will surface and ask us to pay attention to it’s belief that we are different and therefore separated from the rest of the world; but this is not true.
It is when this threshold is passed that you will looking upon the open gates of gratitude and an overwhelming feeling of “Ahh!” – I’m home. KJ