How to Have Overwhelming Gratitude

How to Have Overwhelming Gratitude and Joy Leading to More Peace and Happiness

Being in gratitude, or being thankful, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for peace of mind and to release negative thoughts and emotions. It is your way to achieve greater levels of happiness, joy, and peace. When you feel down, find something to be grateful for.

Go on a serious search for everything you can think of to be thankful for. It helps you to get out of your head and into your heart.

I sometimes feel sorry for people in North America. The land of the free, home of the brave, and big mortgages, fancy cars, and often way too many gadgets like iPods, Kindles, cell phones, DVD players, large screen televisions, computers, etc.  We are bombarded in newspapers, on television, on billboards, and everywhere else we turn with all the things we supposedly need.

And if there isn’t enough money to easily afford all that “stuff,” it is sometimes easy to feel poor, less than, like a failure, etc. Which quickly leads to feelings of unhappiness. It is a fear based thing. And love and fear can not occupy the same space. So you have to choose one over the other. If you are focused on all that things you don’t have, you can not be feeling connected to Source and feeling the love and joy that naturally goes along with that. And if you are focused on all the things that you don’t have and are not feeling love and joy, you will most likely never get the things you really desire. Law of attraction.

If you have read any of my books, you’ve probably read about all that stuff I used to have. The little red sports car, the limos in Manhattan, the cruises, the weekend getaways to fabulously fun locations.

There is a lot more to the story of course. I was extremely unhappy. I had a complete stress-induced melt down and eventually left the glamorous life to find myself, love, and peace of mind.

I ended up for a short while with a husband living a very simple life on top of a mountain in Southern California in the middle of a state park. The home had one truly unusual feature. If you placed a compass at the exact location where my chair sat at the kitchen table, it would spin around in circles. We were literally living on top of an energy vortex.

But it wasn’t what was inside the house that mattered to us, it was the outside that was so glorious it still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it.

We lived literally in paradise.

All alone on a secluded mountain with deer eating fruit right off the tree outside the bedroom window, cougars leaving fresh paw prints in the snow next to the front porch, fox, and squirrel, and countless other creatures blessing us with their presence.

Every day I went outside with my notepads and pen. I had this perfect little spot. It was a grass covered circular opening in the forest. I was surrounded by trees and birds singing. The sun was smiling down on me. And I would sit and write. I wrote for hours every day for months. And while I was basking in the radiance of this nature nirvana, my then husband was doing what he did best. He was off on an adventure in the woods, hiking, having conversations with the herds of deer he encountered, and lots of other simple awe inspiring pleasures that many people have never ever experienced. We were so joy-filled and happy.

Every day I walked a mile alone to the only store around, bought one or two little things, and walked a mile back. All along the way I would commune with every clump of wild flowers along my path.

The tiny little purple one’s that refused to be photographed. Well every time I tried to photograph them they simply presented themselves as violet light. Beautiful, glowing, violet light with a hint of yellow. I have tons of photos like that of those little flowers. Some of them later became the Dancing Dolphin Essence “Ordination.” The gorgeous and wildly uplifting yellow ones that made me feel giddy just looking at them.

The miraculous realization that the new plant I’d noticed was now growing a giant bloom. And I absolutely positively “knew” that it was only going to bloom 1 day when it opened.

And, as always happens when I’m to make an essence, I woke up promptly at 4 a.m. knowing that today was the day. I gathered my things, called in my guides and helpers, requested permission, and made “Transcendence.” I can hardly put into words the power in that essence.

And there were many more.

It was a place of miracles. A place of joy, happiness, and miracles.

The miracle of getting in touch with myself, with my Creator, of sharing my life with someone I loved. The miracle of conceiving a child and feeling and observing the joyful changes of creating a new life. The miracle of Dancing Dolphin Essences being born.

The miracle of true joy. I was a certifiable bliss bunny. I have never been more happy. And I have never felt more grateful.

So you see, although I had an old car and lived in a very simple home, I experienced more happiness than most people will ever know. And we did it for almost a year. And for that short period of time, we didn’t need to work. We taught the occasional class here or there with great appreciation from our students.

And then we re-entered upper middle class society and had a child.

Raven put on a suit and rode the train into the city to work at the largest bank in Canada at their main office downtown Toronto. We had radically switched gears.

Now I have to admit that I love my latest techno-gadgets. And I probably couldn’t function at all without my computer. The big screen TV is so much fun to watch movies on.

I’m happy. Truly happy. And all that stuff is nice, but it isn’t at all what really matters.

How you feel about yourself is what really counts.

Feeling an overwhelming love and joy in your heart because of your connection to Source is what makes all the difference. Your peace of mind and knowing that everything is as it should be is paramount.

I actually began writing this article in order to tell you about the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I experienced while visiting a Taco Bell one day. I found it an unusual place to be so overcome with gratitude that I cried, but it is where it happened.

My son, Jess, was a pretty picky eater when he was younger. When I discovered that he would eat a Chicken Burrito Supreme at Taco Bell I was overjoyed. So we stopped in about once a week in Santa Fe.

We went in one day and I found myself looking around at all the ladies and gentlemen who work there. It was always the same lovely people who served us at lunch. And as I saw these people that I’d seen many times before, I was overcome with such a feeling of appreciation for the service they provide us, for the great tasting meal that they prepared for us to enjoy, I literally had tears running down my face.

Like everything that truly matters, it is a state of being.

Gratitude is a state of being. Love is a state of being. Joy is a state of being. Peace is a state of being. It is those states of being that you are seeking to experience, cultivate, and maintain.

I encourage you to dare to do whatever it takes to discover and become one with them.

My favorite quote:

“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” – Helen Keller

Have a deLightful day,

Bestselling author Debbie Takara Shelor signature

P.S. Dancing Dolphin Essences assist you in achieving and maintaining a specific state of being, helping you with gratitude, peace, happiness, and joy.

I would love to hear what you have to say about this subject!

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