You may have heard that having an attitude of gratitude is a good spiritual outlook to have and great for personal growth. However, you may not also realise that it is a fundamental mindset that you need for "manifestation"!
Without feelings of gratefulness for whatever already "is" you can never hope to manipulate the things that are "not yet".
I'm sure you've heard of the law of attraction and although this law is by no means the only ruling law in the universe it is an important one and a good one to illustrate how an attitude of gratitude is necessary if you want to create and attract more of things you desire into your life.
For a start you must eliminate desire - as the Buddha has said. Why? For the same reason you need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude - because what you hold in mind you create more of!
Let me explain.
The mind is only creative both the conscious and subconscious realms. Whatever you hold in mind you are re-creating or creating for the first time. Through the law of attraction you are also attracting similar energies into your life.
Think negative thoughts and you get negative results....right?!
Well, what do you think you are attracting and creating if you go around bitching all day about what you don't have?
You will inevitably get more things to bitch and whine about!
Now what do you think you will be creating and attracting if you spend the majority of your day (or all of it if you can) being joyful and thankful for what you already have?
You will begin to create and attract much more things to be grateful for!
This is the law and it always works!
If you want to test this just spend a week being completely negative and witness first-hand the rewards for such a mindset!
The reason why you should also eliminate desire is not to be emotionally freed or uplifted or to become some type of spiritual guru but for a very practical reason. When you desire something you are silently affirming in your mind and heart that you don't already have it!
What will happen when you focus on not having something? You continue to create and attract situations and circumstances that keep that very thing away from you!
I would highly recommend you review the articles on The Sedona Method and The Release Technique for more information on this topic.