Celebration and gratitude go hand in hand and one without the other never works. When people talk about the law of attraction, that acknowledges that what we think about we bring about, states clearly that feelings of gratitude lead to an ever more positive experience and that by being grateful we can attract more of those good feelings to our self. It follows that if we live with ingratitude we attract as much misery as we desire. The universe has a bottomless well of misery just as it has a bottomless well of happiness. It is you who chooses which you will drink from.
So, as ever, our house is a celebration of food, and food means people. The deal has always been we cook and people eat and any opportunity is a reason to celebrate and eat food. It is the relationship between food, nurture, and love that I find consuming. This weekend we had the perfect chance to celebrate as it was the birthdays of both Halle 8, and Emily 5. Rie decked the place with everything pink and hearty, made a million cakes, and jellies, I did the adult food, curries and breads, and the inevitable hotdogs. Young and old gathered together in celebration of two young birthdays, in celebration of food, and in celebration of life.
When I lived in the ashram, community, everything was a celebration of life, a celebration of the amazing abundance of the universe, a celebration of gratitude. When we ate we would eat first with our eyes and thank the universe for our lovely food and the people that worked to get it on the plate in front of us. Then, chewing each mouthful thoroughly, up to thirty two times, we would enjoy and savour every nuance and flavour. In this way food was a celebration of life, not simply the fuel that keeps a stressful body going.
In a positive world of gratitude every event, meeting, and experience is a joyful celebration, if we choose to see it that way.
So, this week, what are you celebrating? What are you grateful for? Try this experiment today: Tell someone how good they make you feel, and thank them for who they are. You might be surprised by their response.
Celebrate life with gratitude and enjoy your day.