Can You Be Grateful For Everything?

| November 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

This Thanksgiving made me pause and dive a little deeper into the question, “Can I be grateful for everything?” As I contemplated this question, the thought emerged that EVERYTHING literally means e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. That meant that I had to be grateful for the good news and the interesting news in my life and in the world. I was being called to be grateful for the places that were calling me to stretch. I was being given the opportunity to be grateful for the people and experiences that didn’t agree with me or my values and opinions. In theory, that sounded fine and highly spiritual. However, the reality is that it is not easy to be grateful for things or people that move us to the edge of our comfort zones.

I made a list of people and events that challenged me. In my heart, I forgave them all, asked for forgiveness from them, and then, most importantly, I forgave myself for both their acts and mine. I gave thanks for them as I began to see the wonderful and loving service these all provided to me. Wow! There was a neutralizing and freeing effect that permeated my body and, in some cases, brought tears to my eyes as a sense of connection took the place of separateness. The realization was that gratitude is an act of mindfulness, a choice we make. I had to slow down and really be in a place of gratitude for everything and every person on my list. I committed to giving thanks and blessing everyone or everything on this list daily.

With gratitude your ego steps out of the way, enabling you to enjoy greater love, compassion and understanding. Genuine gratitude invites in more to be grateful for, and a true inner joy for no reason. With a sense of connection to all, we can experience everything as carrying a seed of a gift for us, an opportunity to move into being a more loving being and living life with deep appreciation.

As December begins and 2015 winds down as the year comes to a close, begin the journey to inner peace and fulfillment with the simple and profound practice of gratitude.

Live the Possibilities!

©2015 Patricia Rubino

Category: Empowerment

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