Since ancient times, philosophers and sages from every spiritual tradition have taught that the key to experiencing deeper levels of happiness, fulfillment, and well-being is cultivating gratitude. One of the earliest advocates of a daily gratitude practice was Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza. In the seventeenth century, he advised that each day for a month, we ask ourselves the following three questions:
1.) Who or what inspired me today?
2.) What brought me happiness today?
3.) What brought me comfort and deep peace today?
We invite you to try this practice and share your responses with the Chopra Center community. Your stories may just help others connect to the beauty in their own lives. Whatever we put our attention on expands, so taking a few moments to focus on the gifts of our daily experience can open our hearts just a little bit more and may even blow the doors completely open . . . letting us feel our original, blissful nature.