It’s weird, init.
Years ago, before I got into all this spiritual work, I didn’t even know “being grateful” was so powerful and to practice gratitude daily was a thing!
Sure, mum and dad brought me up to say “please and thank you” and to “be grateful for what you’ve got”.
But, as a teen, whenever that expression “be grateful, be thankful for what you’ve got” was used, I blew a fuse… ?
I saw the expression used as a platitude to keep me in my place, don’t ask or expect more from life, just sit down and be thankful for what you’ve got.
My desire for more freedom, to expand and explore life beyond the confines of “what I’ve got” silently grew in my heart.
And then, when I discovered athletics, the joy and freedom of beating the clock and speeding like a gazelle down the home straight, fuelled my desire for more.
To stretch out and go for the gold.
Be grateful felt like a straitjacket.
And I didn’t want to be restricted.
I wanted to be free.
And I wanted freedom now!
Fast forward 30+ years…
OMG… that same expression “be grateful for what you’ve got” is one of the core spiritual principles I live by?
I am now “so grateful.”
“So thankful” for what I have got.
And that restrictive feeling has gone.
I understand the depth of the teachings.
The perception, presence and power of acknowledging and appreciating what I have got, doesn’t restrict or limit my thinking.
It’s a springboard.
A magnet to attract more of what I have got.
More sorrow,..more grace and more serenity.
And from that place, that understanding of appreciation, I am grounded.
Yep, I am always knocked off centre, fall flat on my face, let down by others and struggle to get by…
however, now I can rise, inspire others.
And together we return home as we draw on the strength of gratitude, journalling, meditation and thankfulness to resource our well.
Who would have thought, “be grateful for what you’ve got” turns out to be so meaningful in my daily life!?
Take a moment, lengthen and open your body, breathe fully into your belly, spread your feet out wide, and whisper…I am grateful. I am grateful. I am grateful.
Sense the depth and connection and take the next step to connect with your inner heart beat and when ready, soar and claim your crown.
You got this, dear heart.
You got this?? I believe in you.??
Keep walking, connecting with your breath and say “I am grateful.” “I am grateful”. “I am grateful.”
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