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Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 5

As you stare at this big bucket on your wall daily, do you think, “I have so many important responsibilities that I feel frustrated I can’t do what I want to do.” Do you fear that the list will make a nervous wreck of you?

Then you are ready for the third vital step that will ensure you sustain your good practices and remain in good spirits.

Key 3: A minute of gratitude

If you have done something today that truly represents you, then before you retire at night, just spare a minute. Thank the Lord or the universe for this blessing. Invest your emotions into a genuine ‘Thanks’ for being able to do what you really wanted to do.

How would it help?

You will soon realize that the universe arranges more time and resources for you to pursue those things that you thanked them for today. Tomorrow, the day after, the next week, month and year, you’ll see things fall in place; your life will gravitate to your mission.

Gratitude is the greatest wonder of the world; it not only helps us access more of what we are thankful  for, it also plants positive seeds in our consciousness. Gratitude feeds on itself; the more we thank, the more we attract the same thing. Far from being discouraged looking at the big vision of your life, a genuine appreciation or thanks for being able to do even a little of it, unleashes tremendous spiritual energy. You will feel happy and excited to do more. Gratefulness is the secret of happiness.

Still skeptical? Try this experiment: For the next fifteen minutes write a heart-felt thanks to whoever or whatever for how they have contributed to your well-being over the last one year. Remember to add at least two sentences to the name or thing you thank. For example, if you thank your brother, it could be something like this:

I thank my brother Shyam for helping me chose a nice holiday spot. I love you Shyam, you are a wonderful soul. Thanks, thanks and sincere thanks…..

(You could go on to thank him more if you wish or add another person to the list)

To be continued..

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