Just for today: I am grateful to be alive (VIDEOS).

Monday, November 16, 2015. New York City – I attended a 12 Steps Program meeting and I read the book “Just for today”.

“November 14, 2015
Not just surviving
Page 332

“When we were using, our lives became an exercise in survival. Now we are doing much more living than surviving.”

Basic Text, p. 52

“I’d be better off dead!” A familiar refrain to a practicing addict, and with good reason. All we had to look forward to was more of the same miserable existence. Our hold on life was weak at best. Our emotional decay, our spiritual demise, and the crushing awareness that nothing would ever change were constants. We had little hope and no concept of the life we were missing out on.

The resurrection of our emotions, our spirits, and our physical health takes time. The more experience we gain in living, rather than merely existing, the more we understand how precious and delightful life can be. Traveling, playing with a small child, making love, expanding our intellectual horizons, and forming relationships are among the endless activities that say, “I’m alive.” We discover so much to cherish and feel grateful to have a second chance.

If we had died in active addiction, we would have been bitterly deprived of so many of life’s joys. Each day we thank a Power greater than ourselves for another day clean and another day of life.

Just for Today: I am grateful to be alive. I will do something today to celebrate.”

Copyright, NA World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After reading the book, I decided to write this post.

Every thought we think change our brain. How being grateful can change our brain and our life?


Oprah’s Gratitude Journal | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network.
Video published on May 1, 2012.
“Sixteen years ago, Oprah started a gratitude journal and, every day, began writing down five things she was grateful for. From fresh flowers to the kindness of a stranger, Oprah says acknowledging these things made her more receptive to the goodness in her life. Find out why she believes keeping this journal was the single most important thing she’s ever done.”_OWN


Discover the Three Keys of Gratitude to Unlock Your Happiest Life!: Jane Ransom at TEDxChennai.
Video published on Nov 15, 2012.
“Jane Ransom helps people build great relationships—with themselves, their partners and the rest of the world. As a coach and speaker, she draws on the latest brain science, while using true stories to teach and to inspire. A professional hypnotist, Jane specializes in the subconscious mind, that hard-to-pin-down part of ourselves that guides our feelings, thoughts and behavior. This award-winning author’s book in progress (for which Simon & Schuster holds the contract option) will be out in 2013, entitled, “One Brainy Book: 26 scientific ways to feel and be terrific!””_TEDx Talks


Gratitude Works!: The Science and Practice of Saying Thanks [Robert Emmons].
Video published on Apr 7, 2014.
“Robert Emmons (Professor of Psychology, UC Davis) explains how gratitude can heal, energize, and change human lives, with reference to recent empirical psychological research. Delivered at Biola University on March 6, 2014. Co-sponsored by Biola CCT and Rosemead School of Psychology.”_The Table | Biola CCT


Dr. Wendy Mendes – How Does Gratitude Affect Health and Aging?
Video published on Sep 12, 2014.
“At the 2014 Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Wendy Mendes of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses her research, “Effects of Measured and Manipulated Gratitude on Biomarkers of Health and Aging.”

Dr. Mendes’ study examines whether trait levels of gratitude are related to better health outcomes, as indicated by key biomarkers related to stress, resilience and healthy aging, and examine whether this relationship is affected by other life factors like social support or (inversely) loneliness. Further, Mendes’s project examines the biological profile of real-time gratitude experience, by inducing gratitude and measuring physiology within the lab setting.”_Greater Good Science Center


Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Best Lesson on Gratitude | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network.
Video published on May 1, 2012.
“To close the season finale on Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour, Bishop T.D. Jakes shares his best lesson on gratitude. Find out why he says that whatever mind-set you feed—whether it be positive or negative—will grow. Plus, Bishop Jakes shares ways to be more appreciative and celebrate the blessings in your life.”_OWN


Louise L. Hay – The Universe Loves Grateful People.
Video published on Oct 22, 2013
“Every thought we think and every word we speak is creating our future.” Interview from never-before-seen footage from the making of the film on Louise L. Hay “You Can Heal Your Life” (2009).


Oprah’s Lifeclass Co-Teachers Define Gratitude | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network.
Video published on May 1, 2012.
“Oprah calls them her spiritual squad. Watch as she takes the stage with her superstar co-teachers: Deepak Chopra, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Tony Robbins and Iyanla Vanzant. Together they help the largest Oprah’s Lifeclass audience learn to be more grateful by sharing what gratitude means to them.”_OWN


Interview dr. Joe Dispenza on gratitude, the brain and spirituality.
Video published on Apr 28, 2012.
“Dr. Joe Dispenza (what the bleep do we know) is being interviewed by Susanne Pistoor on gratitude, neuroscience, quantumfysics and spirituality. How do we use our focus to create what we desire in the universe. How to break the habit of being you.”_Susanne Pistoor


What Oprah Knows About the Power of Gratitude | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network.
Video published on Oct 28, 2011.
“Oprah knows that if you don’t have anything to be thankful for, you should start by just being grateful for your breath. Focus on the good you have, not the lack of it, because whatever gets your attention will increase the energy of gratitude. That’s how joy rises.”_OWN


RISTalks: Ustad Nouman Ali Khan – “Gratitude: A Way of Life”
Video published on Aug 8, 2013.
“If we show Allah just a little bit of gratitude, He tells us, ‘I will increase you, and increase you, and increase you, I swear to it. If you could only show Me the least bit of gratitude.”_
Ustad Nouman Ali Khan


GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World.
Video published on Nov 26, 2013.
“Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.”_Empty Hands Music

Lyrics

Verse 1:
You’re my life,
You’re my breath,
You’re a smile
You my guest

You’re the earth
You’re the sun
You’re the grass
You are love

You’re my hands
You’re a bug
You’re my eyes
You’re a hug

You’re the light
In the dark
You’re the spark
You are fun

You’re my mom
You are water
You’re the stars
You’re my daughter

Your my friend
Till the end
You’re my dreams
You’re my father

You’re the ants on the ground
The miracles that surround
I’m feelin’ it all around
The hemisphere and the clouds

You’re my pain you’re my sorrow
You’re my hope for tomorrow
You’re the strength when I’m hollow
You’re the path that I follow

You’re the blessings that exist
The small things that are bliss
The gift to realize that
Everything is a gift

Chorus:
All that I am
All that I see
All that I’ve been and all that I’ll ever be
Is a blessing
Its so amazing
And I’m grateful for it all, for it all

Verse 2:
You’re the blessings
Every time I try to count,
You’re the lessons
That l learn
Every time I turn around,
You’re the water when I’m burned
Every time I think I’ve found
Everything I’m looking for,
You’re the sign sayin’
Stop to take a bow

And keep moving forward
And start looking towards your heart,
it’ll open all the doors
And only then you’ll start
To hear the world sing in chorus
With your mind and heart
Aligned in purpose
Everything will feel gorgeous

[Chorus]

Breakdown 1:
Everyday I sit and pray
Cuz what I have is
More than I deserve
Or could ever imagine
How do I give back
To all of this magic
And spread the love
So everybody can have it
Doesn’t matter if I’m rich or poor
If I gotta family or if I’m all alone
Bad things happen I can just complain and moan
But there’s a million things that I can be grateful for

Breakdown 2:
So I lift up my hands now
And I open my heart
And my gratitude goes out
To everything near and far

Final Chorus:
Everything I am
And everything I see
Everything I hope
And everything I dream
Everything I feel
And everything I be
I Look deep down
And feel all the blessings
I’m grateful for it all
It’s amazing

All that I am
All that I see
All that I’ve been and all that I’ll ever be
Is a blessing
Its so amazing
And I’m grateful for it all, for it all

Outro:
You’re the blessings that exist
The small things that are bliss
The gift to realize that
Everything is a gift.

Credit to Tao

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