Excerpted from 5/31/11 Blog Radio Talk Show A Fine Time for Healing http://www.blogtalkradio/randi-fine , "How to Attract What You Want in Life: Gratitude and Abundance"

We cannot possibly realize the immense power that comes from our thoughts. What we focus on grows…that is the law of the universe. When we live our lives with gratitude or appreciation for what we have, we occupy our minds with positivity. When we focus on what we are lacking, our minds become filled with negativity that breeds thoughts of bitterness, jealousy, and resentment. Living a life of gratitude is what brings abundance into our lives. The more grateful we are for all gifts large and small, the more abundance we attract to us. Having gratitude means being thankful for the many gifts and blessing we have.

Many people say that they are grateful; still they find themselves experiencing negative thoughts when life doesn’t go the way they expect it to. And many people say that they have little to be grateful for, when in actuality they have much more than they think. It’s all based on point of view, and our point of view is something we consciously control. We all have the ability to shift our thinking. We can take any situation in life and find something good in it, if that is our inclination. Good and bad things happen in life every day. What outlook we choose to focus on is entirely up to us.

Quantum Physic studies are verifying that matter and reality can be changed by our thoughts. The Law of Attraction, one of the five fundamental principles of existence, tells us that “like attracts like.” It is a scientific fact that thoughts are energy. Neurons in our brain produce thought. So if energy follows energy, than energy follows thought. To put it in simpler terms, we attract what we put out. The universe isn’t biased – it doesn’t decide if a thought is good or bad. It just responds to the vibrations we put out there. When we live life with sincere gratitude and appreciation, we change the vibration of our energy and we attract more of what we want. How we think is what we get…and gratitude is the key.

When we focus on what we lack, we create blockages and limitations. We become imprisoned by the vibration of our negative energy. As a result, we attract what we think, which in this case is negativity, while repelling the very things we desire. No one would deliberately disrupt the flow of abundance that comes into their life. Those that do it don’t realize that they are doing it.

Some of us have already, or will gladly accept this truth at face value and apply it. For skeptics and naysayers, the only proof is the proof itself; living a life of gratitude is the only way to prove its effectiveness and to understand the immense power of it. The universe is infinitely abundant…we just have to allow it and learn how to work in harmony with it. We accomplish this through the practice of positive thinking; through a conscious effort to “go with the flow.”

Having gratitude does not mean denying that problems exist. The experiences and challenges we face in the course of our lifetimes are many. What is does mean is incorporating a simple practice that makes it easier to accept these experiences. The gift of empowerment comes once gratitude is firmly placed in our lives. Then we have that accomplishment to add to the list of things we are grateful for. It is an endless cycle that goes round and round. Developing this practice and changing our perspective, therefore allowing abundance to flow, opens us up to all the possibilities that exist in the universe. The ultimate goal is to keep the abundance in a constant flow. We never want to hoard our abundance; that will only block the flow. By sharing our gifts, we stay in harmony with the universe.

One of the most important messages to take away from all of this is that the universe has perfect timing. Everything happens when it is supposed to, not because we want it to. Honoring that universal truth will soften the blow of every disappointment we may face in life. To quote Brian Tracy, “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

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Author's Bio: 

Randi Fine is a radio show host and relationship codependency specialist living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. By sharing her wealth of experiences, insights, and lessons, she aspires to offer hope, compassion, and understanding to those who searching for answers.

Randi has two adult children: a beautiful daughter and a handsome son, and has been married to a wonderful man for 23 years.

Her lifetime thirst for artistic, creative expression led her in 2008 to the challenge of writing her memoir,Fine…ly: My Story of Hope, Love, and Destiny. During the two year process of navigating through the unfamiliar waters of authorship, she discovered for the first time that she truly had a passion for writing. She now devotes herself to writing full-time from her home.

Love Your Life, is a journal that she writes to connect with others who share in her mission of spreading light, love, and healing to the world. Her blog talk-radio show is called, A Fine Time for Healing: A Sanctuary for Your Emotional Wellbeing. She discuss self-help and spiritual life-skill topics that will heal and enhance the life experiences of others. She is a deeply spiritual person, following an enlightened path of her own design. It is a connection that she faithfully trusts to guide her in every aspect of her life. Randi is also a jewelry artist who owns two web-boutiques: RaFi Jewelry Designs of Ft. Lauderdale finely handcrafted artisan jewelry, and Pink Ribbon Jewelry unique, handmade jewelry for Breast Cancer Survivors.