Just I Am

D. Collinsworth says, “Being thankful every time you get into your car, or every time you walk into your place of work. Every time you sit down to eat something. Every time you lay down to sleep in your bed at night.” He adds, “Create space throughout your day and just be thankful for being alive — whenever you are waiting at a stop light, for example. Any moment in your day can be enhanced with space for gratitude, and taking a deep breath at the same time is even better. This practice will radically transform your outlook on life.”

This sounds a bit like Eckhart Tolle’s concept of being present. Just acknowledging being alive, breathing, being present, as he says. I have read some of his book, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” but maybe it’s time to delve back in.

Collinsworth says that, “Studies have shown that a daily practice of gratitude — where you take time each day to focus on what you are thankful for — increases happiness and well-being, and nurtures a more optimistic outlook. It also reduces the presence of stress and disease in the body. Gratitude affects every layer of our being in a positive way. Gratitude has a way of breaking up a wall of negativity into much smaller, more manageable bits.”

In response to a person’s comment who is struggling he says, “I have been through periods where getting through a single day or night felt like the ultimate challenge, let alone feeling gratitude for anything. These days, when I’m feeling down, overwhelmed with the weight of the world, I retreat to that central still point.  That one you uncover when you take a few deep breaths, shut your eyes, and focus on stillness and ‘I Am’. Nothing to be right or wrong, OK or not OK, nothing to even be grateful for, really —  Just I Am.  All worries, anxieties, fears, insecurities, they are all layers outside of this space.  So I spend some time there, breathing, I Am-ing, and focusing on stillness.”

I am going to try and give this a shot. I am willing. I am ready.

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