Living a life of gratitude has many rewards. No doubt you know that this is a wonderful way of being: feeling and expressing gratitude for all that is. Yet, most of us fail to practice this each and every day. We get caught up in our lives, in negative thoughts and spirals and soon we have lists of what is wrong with our life; wrong job, wrong relationship, wrong home. We long for something else. Something other than what we have manifested through the power of our own thoughts and feelings. It is a behaviour that is reinforced by the society we live in. We focus on the “wrongness” of the world; what we don’t have enough of, what we are afraid of, always anticipating the next disaster.
Yet, when we stop, when we spend time contemplating what we have, what we have drawn to us and what we wish to draw to us, we are filled with a sense of hope and empowerment. The truth is that we are exactly where we are meant to be and have exactly what we are meant to have, because we manifest what we believe we deserve. Manifesting something different means believing we deserve something different. Changing those beliefs begins with loving what is, right now. Should you choose to step into a grateful way of being you will notice that fear will disappear. When we let go of fear we make room in our lives for abundance. We make room for possibility.
Think of a time in your life when you believed that you were stuck, trapped. Your energy drains, there is no expansiveness. Even the smallest dream seems impossible to attain. Now take a moment to consider what you are grateful for; anything, no matter how small. Allow yourself to feel your gratitude with your whole heart. Feel the expansiveness that arises in you, the feeling of possibility, of hope!
I encourage you to love what IS in your life right now. Love your home for providing you warmth and shelter in the cold winter months, love your body for its ability to endure, love your partner for all they have to teach you, love your job for providing you with means to survive. Find what you are grateful for, no matter how small it may seem, and feel that gratitude with all that you are. Try starting each morning and ending each night with a statement of gratitude. Imagine what you will free within you once you love what is right before you.
One Reply to “Gratitude”
This is worth reading through often. How easily we forget to be happy with what we have, celebrate it and embrace it. You're right Deborah, magnifying the good stuff in our lives by heartfelt appreciation, just opens us up for more and more.