Wednesday, November 26, 2014
How can you be grateful for everything?
When I was first introduced to the concept of being grateful for everything, I thought, "How can I can be grateful for everything? Bad stuff happens in life, and I don't want it to have a bad life, so how can I be grateful for it?"
I have learned over the years that if I can slow down, close my eyes, and be curious and welcoming to the uncomfortable, yucky, even painful places, that there is wisdom there.
Underneath an aching neck might be a little voice that says "please don't forget to speak your truth."
Or a sad place in my heart might show me a vision of a loved one hurting which encourages me to reach out and connect.
Or my aching back might say "can you just schedule a massage for yourself" and once I have that massage scheduled, it softens a bit.
Or the aching pain of grief... even that pain can open you up to gratitude for the love for the person who was so dear to your heart... and to the miracle of life itself.
There might be a strong part that speaks up with resistance about not wanting to sit with these painful places... and you can welcome that part too... and eventually find gratitude for it too! If you didn't experience pain, your body would have no way to communicate with you that something is wrong...
And almost 100% of the time, I find that after I sit with these places, I feel grateful. I feel grateful that these parts came into my awareness and for the spaciousness that I feel once the part that is resisting these feelings has relaxed.
When I am practicing being grateful for everything, it is easier for me to find gratitude for my relatives that I might have normally gotten irritated with. I have more spaciousness in my being for myself, which means that I have more spaciousness in my being for others to be as they are.
Aaaaaaahhh, space feels so good!
If you're feeling like there isn't enough space within you for yourself or someone around you, try saying these:
I would love to explore this concept with you when you come in for your next treatment... just mention it the next time I see you, or if you can't wait until then, I'm giving away 5 free 30 minute gratitude coaching sessions that can be done on the phone! Just click here to set up your time... click "phone sessions" and let's uncover that gratitude!
I am grateful for you!
PS Let me know how it goes! Do you notice less tension when you find gratitude? Is it easier to find gratitude when you are alone or with people? What helps you to find gratitude?
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