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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.
Learn not to take things for granted and be grateful for who and what I have in my life.
Practicing gratitude helps soothe my nervous system and helps me return to a stance of abundance rather than scarcity. It means I let go of fear when I’m able to move toward gratitude.
They key for me is acceptance. Rather than trying to bury negative emotions, I am learning to just let myself experience them as much as possible without judgement, to give myself the space and understanding that I hope to give others. I wouldn’t tell someone else in their moment of despair to just “look on the bright side” or “think positive” so why would I do that to myself? At least so far, I find that when I greet my emotions with acceptance I am able to move through them with more grace.
Accepting life as it is means also accepting what rises within myself as it is. I don’t quite know how to put it into words but I’ve found that the paradox is that acceptance is the gateway to letting go.
Living gratefully trains my mind to be constant. To accept eventually learn that we all go through difficult as well as good times and to appreciate what I have and be happy with it. I see gifts and blessings in things that I might not be aware of, especially if I concentrate on the negative experiences.
Living gratefully helps me see the lessons in hard things. It also helps me appreciate the gifts in my life
Ups and downs are no longer opposites. they both represent opportunity. Oneness rather than duality is easier to embrace and the battles within are calmed. Being present to my life moment by moment manifests more often.
Thank you Carol! “Ups and downs are no longer opposites.”🧿🙃😊
Living gratefully has reduced the emotional swings I’m still prone to have.just by my nature. I’ve come to know whether it’s an up or a down time—“this too shall pass.” I’m grateful for Grace that provides acceptance.
The ‘Word of the Day’ speaks volumes to this question. The Not-paying attention to the body’s wisdom is the painful side of the truth it speaks of !
Word for the Day
Our bodies are speaking to us all the time—and if we pay attention, we hear the gratitude they hold.
From the wording of this question, “navigating life’s ups and downs”, I had this image of a ship plunging through stormy seas. Sometimes all we can do is hang on… or maybe gratitude is the ship itself?
It teaches me that letting go is truly important.
Yes very true! “Letting go” is acknowledging the fact that life is truly the greatest gift.
I read an analogy of life’s ( imagined ) chalange this morning, it said .. parahrasing a bit here ….”Life is a puzzle with many pieces, each life time is a test of completing that puzzle”
So I took from it and added my own summation …
Gratiude is the table surface to do the task of assembling that many piece puzzle to its completion on.
When down, gratefulness reminds me that things could be worse and that better days are to come. When up, gratefulness reminds me the power of being in a mindset of abundance, positivity, and love.
I find that living gratefully is my bedrock. Whatever life throws at me I now have that stability in my mind and heart. I am so much calmer and happier since being introduced to this website and learning to practise gratefulness every day 😊
I am new here, what part teaches you that?
Dear Pam Larson, living gratefully helps us accept what comes – and many other benefits.🤗
And how do you learn that?
Thank you Holy in Ohio. I do try and look toward the positive, but self pity often gets in my way. I have COPD, stage 4, yet, to be grateful I can still breath on my own (most times) and I try very hard not to let it get in my way. I’ve started living more in the moment, for it is all I am guaranteed, yet, fear does worm it’s way into my head. I was just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and it’s like “no, I already have one thing!!” the “not fair” voice cries loudly at time in my head. I am glad this site came to me, it couldn’t have picked a better time.
I would say for me, it came with practice. I look for good things every day. At first, from the point view I used to have, it was difficult to find things to be grateful for. Over time, life did not create more things for me to be grateful, rather it was the practice of looking that helped me to see the blessings that are there.
The resilience comes because the gratitude fills us. We need less to be happy or content or at peace. Good things happen, bad things happen, but most days we can see some good, even when loss is present.
I find that patience helps, Pam. Just practice and be patient. .
There are many resources here that help us learn. These daily questions are one, there are videos, the quote of the day, there is the community itself.
Welcome to the website, Pam. 🙂
Living gratefully opens my heart and soul to all that life sends my way, the challenges and the joys. Gratefulness enables me to understand and appreciate it all.
Living each day with a measure of gratefulness for all that a day holds, for its joys and for its challenges, somehow also builds in a cushion, a dose of resilience if you will, that has, frequently, lifted me over and past the worst of the most difficult days.
Thank you, Kevin – ” a cushion, a dose of resilience” – and I am awaiting my air cushion for my poorly padded self, probably exacerbated by the fact that I’ve been sitting on the cushion of this same glider rocker since 2002 now 🙂
Ha! Sounds like that air cushion will be an excellent investment, Mica! You may never want to rise up from your favorite seating ever again!
Yes, Kevin – I moved the dining table and the adjacent table with the guinea pig cage to where I can reach from the glider rocker to pet the guinea pig if she’s at the end of the cage 🙂
The word in this, for me, is acceptance. Life has lots of ups… and lots of downs. It’s not always perfect; it’s not always fun. But it is the life we are living, and appreciating the ups and learning from the downs help to move forward, to advance and grow as a person. I’ve learned that it’s really the only option, so I might as well do the best I can, which isn’t always that great! But I forgive myself when I need to and focus on what’s in front of me.
It’s part of life to have ups and downs, good days and bad days. Love, kindness, empathy, experience all help through it.
I’m not sure yet if I really live gratefully. When life has its ups, gratitude comes naturally. But in the moments of downs, of intense sadness, I only feel intense sadness and then frankly I am not concerned with gratitude. In any case, it doesn’t come naturally and I find it difficult to feel it.
Dear Christine, I think we also want to experience the sadness, like in a recent daily quote – Admitting grief does not diminish us, it strengthens us and makes us more compassionate. TREBBE JOHNSON
A woman spiritual teacher said that her polio had given her compassion for others.
Beautiful. Thank you, Mica 💕
I appreciate your honesty, Christine. In my really down times, my awareness of gratitude also wanes… and it may take time and prayer to get my balance again.
Thank you for your understanding, Patricia 💕
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