At first thought, for me, gratitude seems to be something you show only when you receive a tangible gift. A birthday or Christmas present, maybe someone picks up the cheque at lunchtime, that kind of stuff. But the more that I delve into myself and the world around me I realize, “hey, I have a lot more that I should be grateful for”. And so do we all.
There is a very real healing effect initiated in your body when you express gratitude towards people or things outside of yourself. This can be measured biochemically, while other aspects of it are currently beyond scientific measurement. Expressing gratitude initiates a powerful healing effect in your own mind and body.
What do I have to be thankful about? Plenty.
Being able to genuinely express gratitude requires you to shift your focus away from the negative and on to what you are actually thankful for.It is easy to forget to be thankful for all the amazing things in our lives every single day, and I’m writing here to help you find your way too!
Western society tends to focus on what we don’t have. We don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough time, we don’t have the partner we’re looking for, the list could go on forever. The more we take the time out to find what is REALLY important to us, the more we can find our true gratitude, accelerating inner healing as a result.
Some truly AWESOME things you have to be thankful for:
• Your health – be thankful for the health you have.
• Your family
• Your freedom
• Your brilliance, consciousness and awareness.
• Your experiences/memories
• The sun beaming through your window right now
• Food and seeds, gifts from mother nature
• The income that you create to support yourself
• Your desire to learn new things
• A realization or philosophy that you follow
• Your pets
Take a few moments and think about what you are thankful for. You may even wish to take a few minutes to jot down some notes for yourself to look back on when you may have lost your gratitude.
Take a time out – just a couple of minutes per day!
Take the time each day to review the list you have made and truly feel thankful for the things that you do have. Try saying it loud, it may change your perceptions when you hear your own voice being thankful! This will help you to create positivity and you will increase the joy in your day.
How is gratitude “healing”?
Every type of energy that you express to someone else is reflected in you. So if you express hatred toward some other person there is an element of that energy that is also expressed internally. To hate someone else is to subject yourself to some reflection of that own hate, in other words.
To express thankfulness towards something else causes a reflection of that positive energy to be felt inside.
Anger cannot coexist with gratitude
Anger is a destructive emotion that causes stress, adrenal depletion and tension throughout the body. You can learn to replace negative emotions with gratitude, anger cannot coexist with gratitude.
This doesn’t mean you have to run around blindly thankful for everything without discerning times when criticism or anger might be called for, but the more you can find the gratitude everyday, the more active your body’s inner healing processes.
I’ll start here; I am thankful today for my health, my love, the sunshine, my family (furry and otherwise) and the awesome feeling I experience knowing this blog is helping out someone out there.
Thank you to you all for your presence!