Recently, a very hokey movie was on television and I got hooked on it, watching it all the way through. Not only was the storyline hokey, the acting was so bad…that I could tell it was bad. Usually, I cannot; this time I could.
However, there was one line that made it all worthwhile. The newly-deceased woman, having just spent a day of her afterlife back in an earth-like situation, was telling her mentor angel how surprised she was that, after living a life without ever thinking about being alive, suddenly, today she felt more alive than ever.
The angel asked her, “How often were you aware of being alive while you actually were?
This was a very powerful question! As he then noted, “You now have a different perspective.”
In a past article it was discussed that one way of developing gratitude for the simple things, such as our senses, is to imagine losing them all, then gaining them back one-by-one. As you can imagine, each would now take on a whole new meaning, being seen from an entirely new perspective.
Personally, I fall into this trap. I rarely think about being alive. Though, that one line brought it — and a huge sense of gratitude — back into focus, at least temporarily. The trick is to keep conscious of it on an ongoing basis, setting up reminders if necessary until it becomes habit.
The same with breathing. Aside from my friends into Meditation (sorry, Linda Ryan, I still don’t do it) and other arts where breathing is part of the ritual, too many of us forget about breathing, and even that we are breathing. Imagine how much more we’d appreciate it if we, for some reason, lost that ability. Somewhat frightening to even think about. The trick is to stay conscious that we are breathing.
This would certainly help us in the gratitude department. And gratitude might be the root source of everything good that we experience.
I continue to work on these things. How about you? And, how can we do even “more better-er” in this regard?