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How Gratitude Can Bring Peace

 

The Bahai Writings teach us:

If we should offer a hundred thousand thanksgivings every moment to the threshold of God . . . we would fail to express our gratitude sufficiently.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 37).

What do you have to be thankful for?

Starting your day off with some gratitude affirmations is a great way to remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have in your life. When you repeat aloud these affirmations of gratitude, you energize yourself and gain the courage to face the day and all of the frictions and adventures it may bring.

Affirming your gratefulness helps you recognize that you can have what you most want and need in order to reap the fulfilling life you deserve. After all, if you aren’t grateful for the things you have in your life now, why would God give you any more?  Joy, love, and happiness are yours for the taking. You deserve it!

Affirmations are easy to do and they don’t take much time at all. In just a few minutes you can turbo charge your day better than a rocket-fueled cup of coffee ever could. By reflecting on your prosperity and abundance you’ll soar above your current highest high!

Gratitude Affirmations and Stress

Once you’ve worked affirmations into your morning (you can say them anytime again throughout the day or night, too) you’ll start to notice that your inner world is much less stressed. Maybe this is why Bahá’u’lláh has given us so many beautiful prayers and asked us to say them throughout the day.

The whole duty of man in this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p.  8).

When you have finally let it sink into your subconscious mind that with God’s grace, you can have all that you need and desire, your stress will start to slip away. Your negative reactions are soothed and they slip away. You can now enjoy peace of mind and a sense of calm that you may never have known before.

12 Highly Effective Affirmations

1.               I am grateful to be a happy and joyful being.

2.               I am grateful for everything I already have and for everything I receive each day.

3.               I am grateful for recognizing God and His Manifestations.

4.               I am grateful for all the virtues developing as a result of my tests and difficulties.

5.               I am grateful for all the many opportunities for teaching and service in my day.

6.               I am grateful to know that all my efforts in this life will be rewarded in the life to come.

7.               I am grateful for all the health, love, and goodness that my life has revealed to me.

8.               I am grateful for every person and every living thing in my life.

9.               I am grateful that my life is singular, unique and wondrous.

10.           I am grateful for all the natural beauty around me.

11.           I give gratitude for God’s endless treasures.

12.           I am continually amazed and grateful for how abundant my life is already!

As it says in the Baha’i Writings:

O Lord, increase my astonishment at Thee!  (Bahá’u’lláh, Seven Valleys, p. 34).

Using the Bahai affirmations above along with your own will help you lead a less stressful and more fulfilling life.

Spending some time with positive affirmations, while appreciating all that you have and all that’s heading your way is one of the easiest “stress relief drugs” you’ll ever take. They come with no negative side effects and best of all, they’re free.

How do you choose peace in your life by using the power of affirmations and gratitude?  Post your comments here.

Courage and Teaching the Bahá’í Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is me, skydiving for my 50th birthday!

 

I’ve been meaning to write a blog for quite awhile, and the task seemed too daunting, so I’ve been putting it off, finding other things to do. Lying awake for several hours the other night, what came to me was the degree of terror it’s causing me – to put myself and my ideas out there for people to see and judge; afraid I’ll come across as sanctimonious, or “know-it-all”, or “holier than thou”, or even worse, perfect!

As I prepare the content of my new website, advertising my skills as a Bahá’í-inspired life coach, I realize just how much courage it will take for me to “go live”, and the following quote came to mind.

The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love. (Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 141.)

It’s always struck me as curious – not at all what you would expect for the source of courage . . .So many of us (in Canada, at least) hold back on teaching, especially in the currently popular door-to-door campaigns, thinking we don’t have the courage it takes, forgetting about the courage shown by our brothers and sisters in Iran, and yet, this quote seems to suggest that courage comes from teaching.A few years ago, I pioneered to Labrador, a remote part of Canada, a virgin territory where the closest Bahá’í was 8 hours away. I’ll never forget the day I got on the plane with a desire to serve, a love for Bahá’u’lláh, a longing to teach and all my remaining earthly possessions: my cats and their food, bowls and kitty litter, my laptop, clothes, a pot, frying pan, 2 sets of cutlery, plates, bowls and mugs, (so I could invite someone for a meal) – everything I needed to get started in a new location. I looked at my keychain, void of keys. I’d sold my furniture, my car and didn’t have a place to live when I arrived or any contacts to help me find housing. Now that took courage!

When I turned 50, I wanted to do something really big, to symbolize leaving fear behind and walking confidently into the future, so I decided to go skydiving! During the half hour flight to the drop zone, my smile was as wide as it’s ever been – until they opened the door! And then, I experienced a degree of terror such as I’ve never known! Fortunately I’d planned for this eventuality, deciding on a tandem jump, so the jumpmaster’s job was to peel my hands off the back of the pilot’s seat and push me out of the plane! (you can see the pictures on the website, once it’s up).

As soon as we were in free-fall, all the fear had gone, and my smile was back. Even though we were hurtling down to the ground for 6000 feet of freefall before pulling the cord of the parachute, there was no sense of falling. Instead, it felt as if I was suspended in mid-air, held safely in the hands of God, and I wanted to stay that way forever.

The “source of all courage is the promotion of Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love” – would I have been able to make that jump if I hadn’t been actively teaching? Something for me to ponder and be grateful!

What gives you courage? Post your comments here.