I have been using a mantra for the past few weeks that I wanted to share with you because it has made such a difference for me. It is not in Sanskrit so relax! This one is easy to remember, it's in English and it is only four words long (if you count the word and!). This mantra is borrowed from Darren Weissman who has become well known on his Hay House talk show for saying this mantra over and over again and having his callers repeat it back often as well. So, here it is...Infinite love and gratitude. Yep, that is it! Infinite love and gratitude.
I have been constantly repeating this mantra in my head, sometimes aloud...okay many times aloud in a sing-song rap kind of way (when no one is home!). When something is bothering me in the pit of stomach..Infinite love and gratitude. What I have found through this mantra's repetition is that it doesn't remove what is bothering me; it removes my emotional attachment to hanging onto it. Therefore, the pit in the stomach feeling goes away.
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
When I am driving along and I see something I find amazing, like a hawk soaring overhead...Infinite love and gratitude. I am thanking the Universe for this beautiful citing. On the one warm day we had here...Infinite love and gratitude!
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart
Gratitude, I am finding more and more, is really quite powerful. I think the Universe is appreciative of you being appreciative so it sends gratitude right back to you in ways you cannot imagine.
I had two cortisone shots in my foot yesterday and when I woke up and tentatively placed my foot on the earth, it felt better than it has in years! Infinite love and gratitude!!!
Darren Weissman says, The journey of your spirit is to reconnect with the power of Infinite Love & Gratitude. Love is the universal power that propels life, fueling your will and enabling you to face and overcome challenges. Gratitude empowers you to go through life without judgment. You see the value of any experience (even situations once perceived as “bad”) as an opportunity, rather than being a victim of circumstance."
I think Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free) sums this theme up well:
“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”