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I know that when we’re going through a challenging time like this, often it’s difficult to feel grateful for anything, right? So we can feel like, look what’s happening to people around us. Look what’s happening in our countries. We watch the news with bated breath wondering what the next death count’s going to be. And we think, how can I be grateful for anything? And yet, these are the times, when we’re going through challenging times, that actually gratitude is a wonderful gift to give ourselves because, in these times, the nature of our minds is to focus on what we don’t have. So the nature of our minds is to think, well, I don’t have this and I don’t have that because our minds are what we call maximizes. They’re always trying to maximize benefit and reduce risk and our mind is programmed to make sure that we reduce risk and it defaults to worry.

Why is that, you might say? Our minds are designed to protect us. So worry, anxiety, fear, anger, these are all-natural emotions designed to protect us from dangers, and therefore, our mind always looks for what we don’t have rather than what we do have. And part of taking this journey is to actually train our minds to focus on what we do have and to be grateful for that. Because despite our situation, whether we’re suffering from illness, or perhaps were finding challenges in terms of our financial situation, whatever may be happening, there are also very simple things that we can be grateful for. And sometimes it takes a challenge like this in our lives to really think about what we’re grateful for.

Regardless of what’s happening with the virus, there are 1 billion people who don’t have safe guaranteed access to clean water, something that we take for granted. At any one point in time, there are between one to 2 billion people on this planet who potentially are malnourished and don’t have access to the full range of foods that they should be eating. Think of the people who are refugees. There are hundreds of thousands of people, refugees from the Syria war who are living in massive camps right now with a lack of access to basic things and now there’s a potential that a virus spreading.

So it’s not that we compare ourselves to those people, but what we do is feel grateful for what we do have and appreciate what we do have. And hopefully for those of you who are isolating right now, you’re becoming more appreciative of your family, the people you took, perhaps, for granted. And today’s meditation, we’re going to go deep into that space of gratitude for what we have. And how does that benefit us? It expands us. It stops us focusing on the negative and on the negative news and instead, remember that we are always blessed. We always have things that we can appreciate and be grateful for.

And secondly, I want us to spread those positive vibrations to those health care workers and those essential workers because this is like a war footing, and in war, soldiers sacrifice their lives for the population’s wellbeing. And right now, each of those doctors, those nurses, those frontline healthcare workers, those ambulance workers, the police, fire, the hospital porters, the hospital admin staff, the hospital managers, everyone is putting themselves on the line because every time they walk into that hospital, they know that there is a much higher chance of them contracting the virus, affecting themselves and also their families, but they’re making this sacrifice out of their sense of duty and also their sense of what’s right and their sense of wanting to give back to people around them. What a wonderful way of living that is. And we can only do what we can to support them by sending that them our positive blessings and our positive vibrations, which is what we’re going to do in today’s meditation.

To learn more and experience my Gratitude To Essential Workers meditation, please watch the video below. And please share the video with others who could benefit from the knowledge.

https://www.facebook.com/guptaprogram/videos/213824143227115/

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Ashok Gupta

Ashok Gupta is the Director of the Coronavirus Challenge. He has dedicated his life to helping people get their life back from Chronic Illness, improving people’s well-being, and helping them achieve their potential. He has been teaching meditation around the world for over 15 years. He runs a global e-clinic specializing in treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – www.guptaprogramme.com

Ashok has spent many years researching the brain neurology of emotion and linking well-being tools with science. He has published medical papers on the basis of stress-related illnesses. He has appeared in many media as an expert on stress on the BBC, CNN, Guardian Newspaper, ITV, The Independent, and many others.

He wrote and presented the Meaning of Life Experiment which is a Free, Award-winning Meditation and Self-Development App www.themeaningoflife.tv

He also works with companies around the world, teaching courses in Leadership, Time Management, and Personal Development. www.ashokgupta.tv

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