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Along with its inherently good qualities, I’m coming to understand gratefulness as a powerful antidote to pride. And few things will cause old wounds to fester like pride.
Being grateful allows me to see the positive in any moment. By seeing the positive, I can acknowledge the negative, learn from it and let it go….
When I see something like the grandeur of a tree with its leaves beginning to turn in that autumn way, appreciating its beauty, it lifts me from it being “all about me” where my mind can sometimes dwell, to something greater. It can help avoid a difficult situation being made worse by being fermented in “why me”. It creates space for me to move.
Being grateful opens my heart, it inspires helping healing others with love and gratitude, which may help healing ones own heart also, finding joy and peace in our hearts, which then radiates out into the world.
Just like how a warm blanket helps to get a good night of rest (:
By resetting my way of awareness in the world — helping me with a truer sense of the whole.
It helps ground me, pondering gratitude with all of my senses of the things the Lord has made.
Humility and receptivity follow, then possibility comes into view….
It reminds me that even my fussy ‘Character’ from “Whole Brain Living” is doing useful work, and I can thank her for that, and ask the other parts of my brain to try to figure out what she might be fussing about and how to solve her problems.
By being present in every moment, you become grateful for all the “little” things you take for granted. The consistency of each sunrise and sunset, for instance. Despite what happens, the world keeps turning and the sun keeps shining. By practicing gratitude for all things great and small, good and bad, you step into your true self and all of your thoughts, beliefs, and actions are centered from your self, rather than from trauma or other shadow parts.
Through the acceptance of multiple possibilities.
Unseen empowerment, that drop of creative energy begins to direct your thoughts and feelings. Life lesson becomes catalyst that opens up your whole world. One little drop of gratitude feeds acceptance, hope, joy ……..
It aids realignment with the geometry of the universe – brings flow and ease, and brings synchronization with the greater unfolding.
My entire day just got upended with all my plans changing. I usually don’t react well to that, but I am instead opening myself up to what else may enter my life today instead. That would be more healing, than pouting… 🙂
Practicing gratefulness puts me in a happy & content frame of mind. I feel uplifted, I feel better in this state of mind than the other, angry, upset, annoyed etc., etc…being grateful just feels good. I believe that so much of healing is our attitude. Having a grateful attitude, being positive, I believe are elixirs to aid in the healing process.
Being grateful helps you to see the good in situations that may at first appear discouraging…that in itself is healing I suppose.
I work in a hospital and I take care of people who are bed ridden and on life support. Being grateful brings me to the present moment. Being in the present helps me appreciate everything I have, especially from simply being able to breathe and able to get up every morning and live!
Gratitude and being centered when I had a long-lasting physical ailment opened me to physical healing in the past. And, I’m of the belief that “healing” isn’t merely physical – and in fact, emotional and spiritual healing is actually more important, even if physical healing of an ailment never occurs.
Thank you so much. You said this so nicely. It brings many memories to mind of when someone I loved was gravely ill. I appreciate your perspective. 🧡
I was talking to a woman recently and told her I’d lived in Michigan for 35 years. She told me how lucky I was. She and her husband had spent a summer biking and hiking around the upper portion of Michigan. Her experience was of three months of HEAVEN. No humidity, cool days and nights, artist colonies and fruit orchards…she was enthusiastic. I was stunned. That’s not the Michigan I recall, with it’s gloomy overcast days that stretched on for weeks at a time, the wicked winters that last 6 months out of the year, I struggled constantly with depression and longed to see the sun…
After our conversation, I began to reflect on all that I had enjoyed about Michigan. My children were all born there, I was a young wife and mother, I planted large vegetable gardens that flourished in the climate, we were able to keep horses (a childhood dream), the gorgeous autumns and cozy wood fires…
In that moment I realized that even in the trials, there is much to make me glad.
Gratefulness allows me to concentrate on the positive things that I have in my life and to lean to accept fact how lucky I am compared to others. It also gives me empathy towards those who have less and learn to accept the bad life experiences as well as good ones and love being alive..
Gratefulness enables me to let go of the past and to heal in the present
Gratefulness erodes stress away. It welcomes laughter. It welcomes good sleep. When I am grateful for life, I want to take care of my health. When I’m truly grateful for food, I find I make healthier choices and reach for real food, eat in moderation, and get into the garden to grow food. I share good food with others. When I am grateful for people, I help build community, and am rewarded with a community who’s very existence heals me. When I’m grateful for the earth, I make healthier choices and clean my home with natural, non-toxic products, avoid fabrics and furnishing that off-gas in my home, and use food containers that don’t leach plastic chemicals into my food. I walk and bicycle more to help the earth, and the exercise rewards me with healing. It is as if gratitude guides me towards correct living, in a very gentle way, like a shepherd. 🐑
Beautiful, Holly. Just beautiful. ♥️ I am grateful for you!
Thank you, Lee Anne. You’re very kind.
It relaxes me, physically as well as spiritually, so that healing can happen.
Gratefulness, and being grateful as a routine practice, minute by minute, hour by hour, is the grease that soothes the squeaky-grinding gears of life. Beyond that, I have no idea how it works, but I’m grateful that it does.
I like that: the grease that soothes the squeaky-grinding gears of life. So true.
By keeping me present. By keeping my mind in a good place, which keeps my energy good, which helps me heal/be healthy – body, mind, and spirit.
Gratefulness opens me to healing by focusing on being grateful and getting out of any negative thought patterns. Learning to stay present, being positive, letting emotions come and go, and living each day with a grateful heart all helps with healing:)
To be grateful is to be positive. Being positive is healthy. I’m no expert, but I once read that all kinds of good and healthy substances are released when you smile, are grateful, show affection, etc.
Yes, they are pheromones! May you experience many more…
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