Our ability to stay present and experience the gratitude in joy in being alive at this moment is a muscle we have to train. By working daily to increase our skill at being present, we can transform our lives.
Gratitude - the quality of being thankful, or a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Whether you incorporate a practice of gratitude in your daily life or not, the theme of gratitude is something that is on everyone’s minds this time of year. Thanksgiving is a time for connection to ourselves and others, and what better way to improve our relationships than with gratitude. But this practice is not something to only hold on to until Thanksgiving Monday is through - research shows that gratitude actually makes us happier across all aspects of life, and can improve our health and wellbeing.
When we think about different ways of perception and processing, we can split the approaches into 2 categories - Linear and Lateral. Both are very important components of how we process information, problem solve, and create. Linear thinking is related to our left brain functioning, and lateral thinking is related to our right brain.
In today’s culture, we place a very heavy emphasis on linear thinking. This throws us off balance, and leaves us both disconnected and wanting for the creative and novel lateral approach. Meditation is an incredible practice for bringing us back in touch with the right brain, lateral thinking.