In many ways, practicing mastery seems to be more like a spiritual journey of discovering what life is all about. I see it as a process of awakening to one’s own truths. For that reason, I am appreciative for exposure to the topic of mastery. I do not believe it is a coincidence, at this stage in my life, the subject continues to unfold. Over the course of three years, everything seems to be pointing me in the direction of mastering my life, by using the personal experiences as a means to understand why I am here, and what I am supposed to be doing with my life.
In early June of 2012, I begin using the hashtag #MasterLife on twitter. I attached quotes or a life lesson that had turned out to be significant for me on the journey. The hashtag stuck and grew, and to this day, it continues to influence the lives of others. That is why I felt this series was so momentous; I felt it would assist others who might be on a similar path, as my own. I am extremely thankful for those who shared it with others, and especially for the insights left on the previous parts of the series.
Although the #MasterLife Self-Mastery series is ending, the process to further understanding mastery and sharing my findings here, however, will not. As I stated in the beginning of the year, for me, this is the “Year of Mastery.”
In the final part, I want to discuss a topic that I have felt drawn towards since beginning my journey of being a writer. The cornerstone in which I am referring to is Gratitude.
I attribute gratitude as being responsible for changing my perceptions about my life, clearing me of my negative outlooks on life, and rebuilding my faith in the Higher Power.
Mastering the Art of Gratitude?
I feel that experiencing and expressing gratitude is such a vital part of the mastery process. It shapes the seeker of mastery to be a practitioner of humility. When individuals allow themselves to perceive the “writing on the wall” (so to speak) in their lives, they are internally aware that it has nothing to do with their actions and/or power. This also prevents them from seeking outside gratification.
In the post at the beginning of the year, a high school journalism classmates and a dear friend of mine, Tammy Whitten stopped in to weigh in on the discussion, informing that she was developing “The Gratitude Project” over on her website. In her comment though, she made a statement that I knew back then I wanted to address in the series. She stated, “Not sure if it’s possible for one to ever completely master this one, but every day for an entire year, I’m recording at least one thing that I’m grateful for.” Although I think her idea is brilliant, it is her statement of whether or not gratitude can be mastered that I desire to bring to the surface in this part of the series.
So let me get your thoughts on this. Can someone master gratitude?
While mastering gratitude may be up for question, I do believe there are practices a person can do daily to ensure gratitude continual ritual in one’s life. Below I’ve listed a few ways I have found to be instrumental for me. This will conclude the mastery series, but look for more post coming soon having to do with mastery, self-mastery, and of course, #MasterLife.
- Master Life Lesson: Say, “Thank you” as many times in a day as possible, for as many reasons as one can find. (Tweet this.)
- Don’t only look for the “big things” in life to be grateful for, but also the little things.
- Start seeing all the good in the world, people, and yourself.
- Feed the mind good, positive, reaffirming material and content.
- As often as possible, sit in silence, focus on your breathing, and reflect over the happy moments in life.
- Think about how far you have come, instead of how far you have to go. (Tweet this.)
- Empty the mind of thoughts of negativity and judgments. When they appear, notice them, and let them pass freely.
- Cherish, support, and encourage others who are doing good things.
- Release the victim mentality. It is difficult to be grateful if you see yourself as a victim. (Tweet this.)
- Find more things and people to place your trust.
- Have a strong belief in something bigger than you are.
- Remain humble in the process of mastery. (Tweet this.)
These are just a few ways to practice gratitude while aspiring for mastery. There are certainly many other means, I am sure. That’s where you come in. Share a few more in the comments below. Also, let me know if you think gratitude is something that can be mastered.