Robert Morgan "Bobby" is a holistic practitioner, master herbalist, iridologist, colonic therapist, author, and international lecturer.
I Am Grateful for It All
Gratitude Its A State Of Mind And A Guiding Star
I can't speak for everyone, but I sure am glad, I live most of my life in a place of gratitude. I am not bragging, I'm just claiming and acknowledging the blessings that an attitude of gratitude brings to me.
My state of mind and spirit are not always perfect, but when my love for the attitude of gratitude even starts to fade I am quick to recognize it. I almost immediately, reset my course with gratitude once again being my guiding star. Living my life with my first intention being grateful for everything helps me to be more physically, psychology relationally and spiritually healthy.
"It’s not joy or happiness that makes us grateful, but it's gratitude that makes us joyful and happy." ~ Robert C. Morgan
Having an attitude of gratitude, means we live life at a higher vibration, making it easier for us, as well as those around us, to experience the joy of living at a higher level. Practicing an attitude of gratitude instills in us increased levels of peace of mind, happiness, vibrant health, and deeper, more satisfying personal relationships.
Gratitude is the one thing that cost us nothing to give, yet it attracts outrageous levels of abundance in every area of our lives.
An attitude of gratitude seems to have an almost magical healing effect, as it clears karma while touching every part of our being, making every aspect of our life better. So, if you want to be in the best physical, psychological, relational and spiritual life, then it's time to put your intentions on having an attitude of gratitude.
An Attitude of Gratitude Serves as the Foundation of all Healing
I have to share this with you, as it is one of the great truths, about gratitude. As a Naturopath, I help people to live more vibrant and healthy lives. Helping them onto to the pathway of gratitude is the first thing I always do, as I know that without they're having an attitude of gratitude there is usually no lasting health for my clients. Yes, they get some good short-term results, as I teach them the proper ways to take care of themselves. The haunting things are that in most cases lasting healthful vibrancy eludes them if they are not able to enter into a heart of gratitude.
Having a heart of gratitude is not easy for many of my clients, we have to take baby steps, as they have lived most of their lives caught up in emotional turmoil. Many of them have not learned the wonderful way of resting in an attitude of gratitude. Moving them towards holistic healing takes time, so we gently guide them in recognizing the little things to be grateful for first. Once they begin to practice giving thank for the smaller thing, they then soon start to acknowledge the good aspects of their lives and learn to give thanks.
We immediately see a powerful impact on their emotional and physical well-being. As our clients begin to live in "a heart of gratitude", they start to count their blessings. All of them, without exception, feel happier, and that, in turn, has a ripple effect on the rest of their life. They start to eat better, sleep better, exercise more, and undoubtedly they have fewer physical challenges. All I can say is Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Recent Scientific Studies
According to research by the Institute of HeartMath, a state of gratitude "improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically". It’s physiologically impossible to be stressed and have a heart of gratitude at the same time.
Great Reasons to Live in Gratitude
Dr. Lisa Aspinwall, professor of psychology, University of Utah, "has determined that grateful people may be more likely to:
- take better care of themselves physically and mentally
- engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance
- get more regular exercise
- eat a healthier diet
- have improved mental alertness
- schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
- cope better with stress and daily challenges
- feel happier and more optimistic
- avoid problematic physical symptoms
- have stronger immune systems
- maintain a brighter view of the future
Being grateful keeps us from focusing too much on the past, or speculating too much into the future.
A grateful heart is a happy heart that keeps us present, and happy in the present moment. When we are grateful, the so-called "challenges of life" fade away as we focus on the joy that accompanies our thoughts of gratefulness for whatever comes our way. In the midst of a grateful heart, we find the peace that passes our human understanding. Even as life's storms roar about us, we honestly feel peaceful and can be safe harbors for our fellow-man who has not yet found the peace. This beautiful attitude of gratitude can only come from a heart and a mind that is rejoicing in gratefulness.
Break Down The Walls
When we greet the morning with the intention of our minds focused on the spirit of gratefulness, any walls of fear or judgment, towards oneself, or to others, are demolished. We can say thank you, thank you, thank you, letting the healing warmth of a grateful heart permeate our very essence. As we move through our day, we are not so easily thrown off by the twist and turns that are part of everyday life. We are fully able to set our life's course with grace and ease as we follow the star of gratitude.
Because our intentions are focused on being grateful, we think less and less of ourselves, yet we are always alert to what is going on within us, and around us. Every aspect of life becomes more precious, holding a deeper meaning than it did before we placed our intentions on being grateful. We see what is around us, and we become awestruck, almost reverent in our observations of all sentient beings and the earth itself.
As we now see and experience everything through the purifying filter of a grateful heart, we automatically attract more reasons, things, and situations for which to be grateful. The world seems to be so alive more than we could have ever imagined. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the joy and happiness we are feeling is coming from this earthly plain or a celestial dimension.
The world bathed in the loving light of gratitude seems ethereal, more stable, more trustworthy, more solid than ever. We reflect on the actuality of this state, and we know that we are one with each other, and with the spirit, and all is exactly, as it should be.
A Few Ways To Start Living In Gratitude...it only takes a smile
1. Count your blessings. Take a few moments right now and think of one thing tor that you are grateful. Smile and think about how wonderful it is to have something in your life that you make you feel grateful.
2. Think of someone who needs your loving thoughts. Smile and send a warm thought to them, fill your heart with gratefulness, as you are making a positive difference for them by just sending them loving thoughts.
3. Smile and say thank you, thank you, thank you! Whenever a sorrowful or negative thought enters your space, just say thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. Smile and give thanks for the food that you eat. Again a simple thank you, thank you, thank you, will do miracles.
5. Smile and ask the universe to provide you with a way to show your gratitude by helping another person feel cared for and loved.
"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe, which change forever how we experience life and the world,"– John Milton
Everything Is A Gift
With our intentions focused on making gratitude the foundation of our lives, we begin to leave negative thoughts and emotions behind. We no longer find ourselves having room for them in a world that unfolds in perfect grace where everything is a gift.
What Can You be Grateful For? Everything!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Robert C. Morgan, Naturopath, Counselor & Spiritual Healer
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
- Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity - Robert A. Emmons
- The Hidden Messages in Water - Masaru Emoto
- Gratitude: A Way of Life Kindle Edition - Louise L Hay
- Words Of Gratitude Mind Body & Soul - Robert A. Emmons
- Daily Gratitude: 365 Days of Reflection - National Geographic
Any medicinal references mentioned here are strictly for educational purposes based on my research through study, empirical evidence, personal use, and herbal lore but not intended as medical advice of any kind. Herbs can be helpful allies in creating and maintaining good health but they can also be powerful medications that should be treated with respect. Used improperly, they can cause adverse reactions or interfere with pharmaceuticals.
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Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on October 09, 2015:
So good to hear from you. I have been out of pocket for the past few weeks and look forward to once again spend time back on Hubpages. thanks so much for your kind comments and I am also glad we are friends. Blessing to you dear one.
CreatePerfection from Beautiful Colorado on October 02, 2015:
Bobby, this is a wonderful article. If everyone could express gratitude for the blessings in their life, it would heal the entire world. Blessings to you Bobby. I am so glad we are friends.
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on August 15, 2015:
Nadine, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am grateful for this wonderful life, for every breath, for every friendship and especially for getting to be friends with a wonderful author as you. I am blessed. May you every dream come true and every wish be fulfilled for you and all those you love. Sending showers of blessings your way. Bobby
Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on August 15, 2015:
This post has earned my Vote Up, Awesome, and Useful tick. When we are grateful, the so-called "challenges of life" fade away. That is so very true! You are clearly passionate about your work as an Holistic Practitioner, Author and more...You live your Soul Purpose. I can truly say that it can for some take years to awaken to that stage in life were we experience this inner happiness, and its often achieved due to the very "masters" we attract into our lives! I'm Grateful to have you as a writer friend!
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on August 13, 2015:
Good morning Ms. Koralee, What a beautiful part of the world you live in. I am blessed to make your acquaintance and look forward to reading more of your writings. You are so right about our finding our peace of mind in a state of gratitude. I can no longer perceive any other state that mind that gives as much as it takes. It truly does bring us to a place of consciousness in which we are no longer separate from all creation and we can say with heartfelt truth, I love you brother, I love you sister, for we truly are speaking to ourselves. May your day be filled with the desires of your heart. Blessings, Bobby
Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on August 12, 2015:
I totally agree with you, and I'm happy you have so many resources to back up how much gratitude improves state of mine.
I especially like "Because our intentions are focused on being grateful, we think less and less of ourselves, yet we are always alert to what is going on within us, and around us. "
It seems to me that there is so much selfishness...
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on August 05, 2015:
I am glad to meet another person who understands the power of being grateful for everything. It does free us from judgement and lets us love ourselves and others equally. Blessings, to you and your loved ones. Bobby.
catmalone on August 05, 2015:
Great hub with inspiring information. Being grateful can really change your life. I make it a point to practice gratitude on a daily bases. Thanks for sharing!
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on August 04, 2015:
Thank you, Ms Smith, I am very impressed with your poetry and it elicited a response that touched something deep inside myself. All of us have times in our lives when we feel we are in the depths of despair and sometimes we are there so long that we stop expecting anything else. I understand you're using writing as a way of finding release. Also like you I count my blessings and live in gratitude most days now. Thanks for reading this article and I look forward to reading more of your writings. Blessings, Bobby
Missy Smith from Florida on August 03, 2015:
As my poetry displays a darker side of my life, I too, try every day to count my blessings, and I believe I'm good at giving gratitude often. My poetry is a kind of therapy for me; by letting go of the negative thoughts and writing them out. This is a really good article and very useful, and I am impressed with all your accomplishments. :)
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 27, 2015:
I probably can never really understand. I agree, that only being able to take care of yourself is exactly what you need right now and that is good enough. I will keep you in my thoughts and meditations.
Robin Grosswirth from New York on July 27, 2015:
Thanks, Bobby. The best of who I was , was murdered out of me. Do not see it as success. However, all I did was take care of everyone else as a daughter, sibling, wife, mother, and teacher. I ran myself into the ground. Now, I take care of me.
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 27, 2015:
Oh my goodness, you are taking a bashing! Being harmed as you are and experiencing the high level of abuse that you have, makes it natural to feel angry, hurt and even numb, not grateful.
I'm so sorry for all you have gone through in the past. So much pain is not easy to leave behind, especially with what you seem to be experiencing in the present, has to be dredging up buried hurts from the past.
It does appear from what you have written, you have a pretty good game plan in place, considering the kind of emotional turmoil you're having heaped on you. I know it's extra hard when those whom you have trusted turn away, or worse yet turn on you.
Somehow, I have to believe, all the pain you experienced in the past has affected your psyche, but you must remember the pain did not stop you from becoming the remarkable woman you are today. It may have even spurred you on, without your knowing it.
What you're going through right at this moment is no doubt hell for you, but I see a stronger person emerging even in the midst of the relentless attacks. I also can see your plan of action for self-preservation is based in purifying and strengthening your body and spirit. Time to give yourself a real big hug! You are moving closer and closer to your real self, your higher self, your loving self. Robin, you are going to get a new set of wings, better wings than ever before. You have had many great successes in the eyes of mankind, but the success you are in the right now experiencing. Yes, I said success, right now. Take a look at what you wrote me. "I have exercised, eaten more vegan (extracting veggies into smoothies),infuse herbs for healing into my routine, and for the most part, attempt to follow a meditation practice, albeit, not a traditional model. I also used to be better with my practice of yoga. I know I must get back to this as well". Wow... That's a lot to be grateful for, isn't it. That's it, think about being grateful for YOU. How about that. GRATEFUL FOR YOU! I can think of a better place to start. Keeping YOU, in my thoughts grateful and meditations, Blessings to you and yours, Bobby
Robin Grosswirth from New York on July 27, 2015:
Voted UP as being both very useful and interesting. I used to be a very grateful person, kind, loving, and sincere. However, over the past number of years, I have been unduly harmed on so many levels, in a very intense and pervasive way, nonstop and unrelenting, including close associations (consanguineal, friends, collegial, etc.). It has changed who I am. In an effort to heal myself from within, amid the constant daily bashings, I have exercised, eaten more vegan (extracting veggies into smoothies),infuse herbs for healing into my routine, and for the most part, attempt to follow a meditation practice, albeit, not a traditional model. I also used to be better with my practice of yoga. I know I must get back to this as well, but it has been hard to perform this knowing what I know and what will be done to me. It is difficult to feel gratitude in the face of such extreme abuse over the course of years after suffering emotional and physical abuse throughout my childhood and adult life.
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 26, 2015:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Ms. CrisS, you have made my day. I am so glad to know another person who feels the same way. I love being grateful. I don't want to sound trite, but it's so amazing what an attitude of gratitude brings into our lives. Again, thanks so much for your kind words and for being so gracious. Blessings, Bobby
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 26, 2015:
I am living a life of gratitude and I make sure I verbalize that all the time specially at night before I lay down to sleep.
"Gratitude taps the limitless in all of us" -- indeed! So, we shouldn't really take anything for granted.
Great hub. Very positive and uplifting! Sharing and pinning.
Robert Morgan (author) from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 15, 2015:
Thanks for your insightful comment. I understand where you are coming from. I use different 20 minute gratitude meditations on a daily basis to help me stay in the flow... Its amazing. Blessings to you and your family.
promisem on July 15, 2015:
I totally buy into the concept of gratitude. When I make the effort consistently, I find I am a happier person.
The challenge lies in remembering to make the effort to have grateful thoughts and see the world in a more positive light.
Too often I find that other priorities in life make me forget to think about it. It's a hard habit to develop.