Ask YourSELF, Are You Acting From Love, Gratitude, & Thankfulness or Hanging Out In That Fear & Doubt Place?!
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting our Blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that we receive. IT means learning to live our Life as if everything were a miracle, like magic, and BEing aware on a continuous basis of how much we’ve been given. Gratitude shifts our focus from what our Life may… lack to the abundance that is already present.
In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising Life improvements that can stem from the practice of Gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
As human beings, we operate daily reflecting a wide range of emotions with a multitude of motivations fueling our behaviors. All too often, we react emotionally to what others say or do. If our reactions are preceded by the emotions of fear, anger, or sadness, we forfeit our ability to act with Personal (Authentic) Power and effectiveness in lieu of a knee-jerk response. In other words, we are not our Empowered Selves by allowing fear and doubt to stop us from counting our many Blessings!
We focus on what’s wrong with us and our lives, or fear being controlled, hurt, or taken advantage of. We may overlook many things we have in our lives which we should be Grateful. When we doubt our ability to thrive and access the abundance…whether we are conscious of it or not… reacting from scarcity and expectation of failure and disappointment. We may see ourselves in competition for the world’s resources, the love and attention of others, rather than realizing there is more than enough of all that is good to go around. We forget that we manifest what is expected, rather than needing to compete for limited resources. That is just not the Truth of us…we live in an abundant world, with more than enough to spare and share. Of this , I AM certain!
Whenever we forget that we are Magnificent BEings, and that there is plenty of wealth, happiness, fun, and fulfillment to go around, we might feel the need to protect ourselves from what we perceive to be a dangerous world. We likewise tend to forget that others operate from the same lacking self-confidence, scarcity of gratitude, and deficient Self-love that we often do. So, whenever two or more individuals see themselves as not good enough to tap into the world’s abundance and get all their needs met from a physical, social, mental, and emotional perspective, conflicts are likely to arise. The result is broken relationships, strained communication, emotional pain, struggle, and suffering. All disempowering…and all needless and optional for those who realize their ability to detach from the struggle and master their emotional response. That response is Gratitude!
When we stop to realize that we are not alone…that we are more similar than dissimilar… we break the vicious cycle of endless competition and continual striving for domination. Realize that cooperation and communication is more effective in producing harmony than competition and a focus on self-interest based on fear. Intentionally choose to trust that others are doing the best they know how to do based upon how they see the world. We can assume that they act from good intentions, even when we fear the opposite.
Hold them as worthy, competent, loving, good natured and capable of creating win-win relationships rather than fearing them as hateful, ill meaning, incompetent, unworthy, selfish opponents. Such only serves to strip us of our natural birthright of wealth, abundance, and love…all results of Gratitude, and Empowering ingredients to a healthy, happy, and successful Life!
When we decide to champion others by looking for the best in them and interact with them out of an attitude of Gratitude for their gifts, strengths, and positive qualities, in such as manner that they are clear that we hold them as intrinsically good and worthy of our love and respect, we provide for them a new and exciting opportunity for them to show up for us in this manner. By operating from love and Gratitude for the wisdom and empathy we develop as a result of our interactions with others, we see their “mistakes” as producing valuable lessons from which to learn and grow.
Especially, within this unprecedented year, 2020, I have chosen…sometimes consciously, and sometimes not so consciously…to detach from reaction mode, regardless of situation, circumstance or event. You know…from those non-serving…those disempowering elements and beliefs of lack, of BEing not enough, and the like…for that is not the Truth of me, nor the Truth of you. That remains in no way, shape or form the Truth of our Magnificence…our GODling Self…and not merely our earthing self.
Decide now to be Grateful for the challenges you will encounter in your Life and business. You heard me! See the “problems” that arise as opportunities for your personal development. Look for these challenges as you go about your day. Be Grateful when you encounter them, and seek out the gifts awaiting your discovery.
Afterall…We call all forward into our Life, for the Purpose of learning the lessons which we must learn, thus rising to a new level of Consciousness, and claiming yet new Blessings! So…BE Grateful!
And…While we are on the subject of Being Grateful for “challenges” (that adversity…those obstacles that we encounter)…
Along the way… We all have experienced obstacles. Perhaps divorce, illness, family problems, financial drama, legal woes… Or even death have taken their emotional toll.
Somehow…I call IT my Authentic Power from within… My Godling Self… We’ve straddled and overcome those bumps in the road.
Whatever your particular brand of coping… Now is the time to Appreciate what you have overcome, obstacles surmounted, and the strength and Empowerment amassed to rise above Life’s inevitable challenges.
Obstacles are just what we make of them. Obstacles… In other words… Are as big and bright, or a small and dull as we make them. They are subject to our interpretation.
Courage in the face of adversity is the stuff of heroines. Perhaps not the ones we hear about in the newspaper… But the ones who may be living right next door.
If we think of ourSelves as BEing at the mercy of a random universe, that’s simply does not care about us, then that is exactly what we will experience and express in life. However, if we think of ourSelves as being at the effect of a loving universe, then we will experience and express a Life that mirrors our greatest hearts desires!
Just when we think the clouds will never part, a rainbow appears… And our day turns into sunshine. And so it is in times of adversity… Of loss… Of crisis. When we navigate our storms with faith and hope… Knowing that the rainbow is sure to follow the rain… We can make it through and come out empowered, wiser… and more loving for having faced loss directly!
Today …I invite YOU to look for the blessings in disguise in the greatest of adversity. Seek to go beyond the sadness. Look for the light and the goodness. Know IT is there…
In closing…Practice Gratitude every chance you get. Every day is filled with opportunities to be thankful. We can be thankful for our Blessings, for our “problems”, for that which we know, and that which we have yet to learn… for everything in between. When we Truly enjoy and Appreciate Life’s small gifts; much greater Blessings will soon be headed our way.
Let’s choose to be gloriously Thankful simply for the fact that we’re alive and aware. Every Thankful thought we think connects us more to Life’s Magnificent abundance.
Today…I invite YOU to challenge yourSelf to be Truly Thankful for all that surrounds YOU… for all that happens to and through YOU. By so doing, YOU give Gratitude the opportunity to Empower YOU!
Today will bring you a new awareness, a lesson or a manifestation that you are making progress – IF YOU KNOW IT! No matter how large or small, recognize it and be Grateful.
To New Beginnings Together!
With Love and Blessings!