Contributor: Multi-award winning independent singer-songwriter LiLi Roquelin. Largely inspired by her spiritual beliefs including the law of attraction, LiLi’s music is featured in documentaries, TV shows and here on the internet, of course. Her new album is called “Beautiful Sun” and is available at all online retailers.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha
When I was growing up, every time I would receive a gift from someone I remember my mother always telling me “Tu as dit merci?” (“Did you say thank you?” in French). Like a lot of us in our society, I learned to say “thank you” when I’d receive a service–to a salesperson in a store or in other situations when I was given something.
However, in the rush of modern life in the 21st century, “thank you” has become too much of a habit, something hollow that you say because it has been anchored into our everyday lives, almost like saying “hello” when you pick up the phone.
Through my life’s journey, growth and spiritual awakening, I have had the chance to learn about many things: the law of attraction, the power of thoughts, the awareness of synchronicities, and trusting my path in life while listening to my heart, to name a few. A couple of years ago I became more aware of the feeling of gratitude, almost like an epiphany, and I started to notice “my blessings.” It intensified little by little and about a year ago I started to do a gratitude practice. In this practice, which I do each morning, I count my blessings and then put heartfelt gratitude into what I want my future blessings to be. As a result, I have seen many changes take place in my life.
The biggest thing I manifested for my music career are TV placements. Here’s what happened: During my gratitude practice I had been asking for exposure for my music and in particular TV placements because artistically they are so much fun to see and they bring a lot to an independent musician.
At first I received a few small placements–no small accomplishment in itself. After that, though, stuff really started happening, and BAM! I got my first mainstream TV placement as a featured song on “Dance Moms” on Lifetime. After that I was just so grateful for that one that I got two more on the same show on two different seasons! Now I am asking for more, or something equally as huge!
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” – Frank A. Clark
And so, a little advice for you: Just ask yourself what you want. Do you want to feel miserable, down and grumpy, or do you want health, joy, excitement and happiness? There is no reason to sabotage your own life, and complaining or focusing on the negative things does that. This simple question can make you stop these negative patterns. Everyone’s life purpose is happiness–all we have to do is realize it is already there. Once you open up your eyes and stop taking your life for granted, you can look at what you have and feel gratitude from the heart. That sets you on a frequency that will allow you to receive even more.
Remember: We are infinite. Anything is possible.
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