Why is Gratitude so important? We hear people talk about it all of the time, but what does it even mean? And how can I show more gratitude in my day-to-day life?
I am here to answer all of that and more with this Gratitude Guide. We will begin with what it means to have gratitude, How to stay in Gratitude, how to apply it in day-to-day life, and why it is important to have a gratitude practice. Plus an easy-to-follow step-by-step practice to help you create a daily habit of gratitude.
Gratitude Guide – What does it mean to have Gratitude
Gratitude is simply being grateful – but, it’s also recognizing that there are things that we can be grateful for that have maybe hurt us in some way or another.
To give you an example, I am a domestic violence survivor, I was incredibly angry at him for a long time and it seemed to ripple out in all of my relationships. Once I was able to do a forgiveness process on it, I was able to see that if it had not been for that relationship there would have been a lot of missed lessons, and other relationships never would have formed.
I am beyond grateful for those experiences now because it was the path that led me here. I cannot say for certain that I would be anywhere near where I am today without it.
So, you see, I took a difficult and painful event from my past and found what to be grateful for within that circumstance. Because there is ALWAYS a lesson. There is always more than what meets the eye in these difficult situations.
Even as a child I was bullied a lot and it shaped many of my beliefs and behaviours, but once I could see how compassionate and empathetic I formed myself to be, I was able to release the anger and start reprogramming those beliefs.
Having gratitude is just knowing as an absolute fact that you can find and be thankful for every part of your life. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Gratitude Guide – How do I stay in Gratitude?
Staying in gratitude is certainly a challenge when we become faced with hardships or emotional overwhelms. It can be hard to see through that fog.
I suggest when things are feeling hard to dig deep and look within, what at this moment can you find gratitude for? What has this moment taught you, and can you be grateful for that?
Having a daily practice of grounding and protection can help you program the mind to begin to look for the silver linings of every situation, event, relationship, etc.
Gratitude Guide – How do I Apply Gratitude daily?
A great way to get yourself into the habit and to begin reprogramming the mind to look for gratitude is by starting a gratitude practice.
I enjoy writing 5-10 things down both in the morning and at night that I am grateful for. Doing this consistently will eventually set your mind to finding things to be grateful for naturally.
I recommend you intentionally do this practice for a minimum of 21 days until you feel that shift happen within you and it becomes more natural to ask yourself, “what is the lesson in this moment?” and “how can I be grateful for this?” Instead of being in the mentality of “why me? why do bad things happen to me?”
If you find it really hard to find things to be grateful for, maybe take a step back and start with affirmations. Affirmations are the fuel of our empowerment. It takes us out of victimhood and into pure empowerment of the self. This will help you program the mind into a positive state, so if you find being grateful difficult at this point in your journey, start there then come into a daily gratitude practice.
Gratitude Guide – The Importance of Gratitude
Gratitude is vital for our mental and emotional survival. If we are constantly finding ourselves in blame, shame, or victimhood it keeps our vibrations low. When our vibrations are low, we continue to attract more of those low vibration energies.
Such as, if you are stuck in fear, more fear will come. If you are stuck in anger, there will be more to be angry about. If you are stuck in shame or blame, you guessed it, more will come.
But, if you can flip the script of your mind into a more positive vibe you could be stuck in joy, bringing you more joy. You could be stuck in enlightenment, bringing more enlightenment. Even if you can just get yourself into a neutral vibration, more neutrality will come. So, do you see where this is going? You bring in what you put out.
If you want to keep attracting the wrong relationships, the wrong events, or putting yourself into dangerous situations, that is completely up to you and your will. That is your choice. I will not tell you that you are wrong in any way for that, because that is your path and you get to have that choice.
However, if you are ready to start bringing in the good, and be a manifesting machine, this is where the good stuff is – in gratitude. You see, being in gratitude will actually create space in all of your bodies, and that space can then be filled with joy, desires, and compassion – or whatever it is that you are seeking. It makes space for the things you desire to come into you.
When you are stuck in low vibrational energies the Universe is unable to truly hear your call because your thoughts and emotions will not be in alignment making communication next to impossible. Making manifesting your true dreams, goals, and wishes incredibly difficult. This is why having a Gratitude practice is so important.
Gratitude Guide – Gratitude Practice
To make things a little easier for you, you can follow these steps to help you practice Gratitude daily.
- Take a moment to think of at least three people, places, events, etc., that you are grateful for; feel the joy run through your body as you begin to think about all that you have to be grateful for.
- Write out a list of what/who you are grateful for.
- Read your list out loud or in your head three times.
- Now say out loud or in your head, “I know that I am blessed, and I live my life within that knowing. I live my life with gratitude and from my heart. I am a conscious creator, and being grateful is at the core of my being for balance.”
As you may know by now, I am all about crystals. They are such intriguing creations with amazing energy. There are crystals that may help you get into the heart space and find the things you can be grateful for. See my Crystal suggestions below and grab whatever you are called to.
Thank you for joining me today on this topic, if you have any questions or comments, please do leave them below.
Until next time,
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