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Eric Lumiere Eric Lumiere awareness seeker. conscious music maker. helpful exaggerator.

Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Lumiere is a Lover of Life and all things, and lives for the upliftment of consciousness everywhere. He is also graduate of Teen Insight. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. [www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university]

I’m most grateful for being here, for the awareness I have, for the opportunities I’m given in every moment to discover more about myself, the world, and that we’re all One.

My gratitude has increased as my awareness has expanded. The higher consciousness I live from the more I can see that there is opportunity to be grateful for everything, just as it is.

Positive states of being, like love and joy, are natural states. People, including myself, are mostly out of that natural state because we focus our energy into a less positive aspect of our consciousness.

Our ego wants to be right, but gratitude has nothing to do with being right. It’s just about being present. Gratitude can be found anywhere. It’s a matter of perspective, what we choose to focus on, and where we spend our energy. This choice is made in every moment, often by conditioning. Yet the more we expand our awareness, the more we have the opportunity to make that choice consciously.

I’ve found that the best way to come back into gratitude is simply by becoming present. Breathing is a great way to do that. So is refocusing our energy into a higher consciousness. When I’m present, I’m much more neutral. Almost immediately, I become grateful again for just being and for all the blessings in my life.

When someone is lacking gratitude, they are usually lacking perspective and are stuck in a very narrow mind set. Suggesting alternative, positive ways to look at a situation can help them break out of that box. Just pointing out the obvious, like the clothes on their back or the food they have to eat, can do the trick.

Another way to assist someone is to exaggerate the pessimistic perspective they’ve taken to show them how silly it is. In a way, they get to be a spectator of the behavior, rather than the participant.

Imagine playing a football game where you can only see what’s in front of you, a very limited perspective regarding what’s happening with every player throughout the field. By watching from the stands, you are separate from the game. So you can see it as a whole much more clearly. In the game of life, gratitude is seeing life as a whole, a progression, a learning and growing experience that is always happening, whether we are aware of it or not.

– Eric Lumiere

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