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In order to distinguish the good from the bad, we have to have different feelings towards them. Being grateful allows us to reflect on the bad events we’ve been through and recycle them to show us what we do have. One example would be that I recently went through a very abusive relationship that recently ended rather brutally. This was a bad event. But gratitude has allowed me to identify that it was positive- I am grateful that I am no longer in danger, I’m grateful that the Universe removed something in my life that wasn’t benefiting me and I’m grateful for the strength I am going to have from now till the future. This then helps me to attract this into my life. Living gratefully helps me see that nothing is permanent and no matter how bleak a situation is, there is always something positive you can take away from it, and there is always a better situation waiting.
It seems to help me remember that nothing is permanent. And it means I can see beyond the ‘downs’. So, for me, the ‘downs’ aren’t that deep or debilitating.
Cultivating Gratefulness nourishes the warmth of heart which stays with you in any situation then, allowing shipping through rough seas and strong winds calmly, while aware that the sun is just behind the cloudy sky. Then, the sun is always echoing inside also, and Gratefulness reflects warmth back to its universa,l life-giving light.
Living gratefully helps me to see the blessings in both life’s ups and downs. I can be grateful for the good things in life; that is the easy part. I can also be grateful for the challenges I go through in life as well, however. Living gratefully helps me to see that there are important learnings and pieces of wisdom to be gained from the challenges of life. When I feel upset or worried, I try to ask myself, “What might this be teaching me?” Paying attention to the wisdom I gain through difficult experiences helps me navigate life’s ups and downs.
Since I started visiting this site regularly, I find myself expressing gratitude more often, in my everyday life. I know there will be ups and downs, and I also now know one can be grateful even when things are down.
The mere recognition that life has its ups and downs helps me immensely. Life is full of opposites “attracting” — good-bad; hot-cold, sun-rain, love-hate, ups-downs. I appreciate that with prayer I won’t stay in any one place for very long — and only God defines how long I will stay there. This may only make sense to me, but that’s how I operate.
Anne Gunn, what you wrote makes perfect sense to me. I understand your sentiments. Have a glorious day. God bless you.🙏❤️✨
Thank you PKR for your encouragement. Grace and peace,
Despite my very best effort, I have been completely run over, mangled and overwhelmed. Just the the action of writing down something to be grateful for gave me a bit of light.
A reading today summed it up in a couple of sentences; “provide the subconscious with the work to be done” and “we build in thought the conditions that will later come into manifestation”.
Let that be built on gratitude and love.
I appreciate my up’s more and stay in the good moments – enjoying them and being present and aware of their wonder. Living gratefully also makes the downs easier to handle and less bad, because I focus on the lessons I’m learning in stead of the pain
It seems that more positive events come my way when i practice gratitude
It puts into perspective the important things in life. Makes me value all the positives that happen daily as it is very easy to focus on the negative.
It helps me put my nonsense aside. When I saw it I said, Gosh, of course, I know this, this isn’t the first time, this is natural, this is obvious. This isn’t the first time. I can’t remember the first time because this is my natural state – to be capacious for what’s going on.
Making gratefulness a priority in my “daily practice” makes the hard times easier to handle, to cope with. Being grateful has given me a different perspective on life, the good & the not so good. I feel I am better equipped to handle life when I am grateful. This site has helped me tremendously. Thank you kindly……🙏❤️
By breathing in gratitude I am able to stay connected to my essence and express thanks for my body. This reminds me that my body is here only for a short while but my being and essence is forever and how I interact can impact the legacy I leave behind.
Living gratefully moves my energies up from the belly, where they tend to reside during life’s ‘downs’
it helps me be more conscious, more aware, more in the present moment and just motivates me to find something good even on bad days.
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