How Does it Feel to Be Thankful?

What does it feel like to be thankful?

I discuss gratitude here a great deal, because of its necessity in conscious reality creation. Moreover, I frequently explain that thought, and words of the thought, are not enough. Feeling is an essential element in this manifestation process.

It is really easy to say thank you. Two words, pretty straightforward. But the in-depth expression of gratitude, to be thankful in feeling, is another matter.

Words matter. These two words in particular are pretty important. But even more important than the words, the emotion behind the words drives creation. How it feels to be thankful is crucial, because it is feeling that turns gratitude into something far more powerful, and empowering.

One of the things to bear in mind with this is that each of us feels things differently. No two people experience emotions the same. Period, end of story. Sure, I have little doubt that the general notion of most emotions bear similarities. But the way in which I describe how a thing feels to me is most probably going to differ from how you describe it.

Because, however, there are general notions of these feelings that are similar, we can explore how it feels to be thankful.

Feelings fall into one of three main categories. Negative, neutral, and positive.

As such, there are emotions we group into the negative. These include sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, anger, hate, jealousy, discontent and many many more.

On the other side of this coin, we have emotions we group into the positive. These include happiness, confidence, hopefulness, joy, love, acceptance, contentment and tons more.

What are neutral emotions? Emotions that are neither positive nor negative, at first…but can shift. Curiosity, questioning, wondering, even disinterest…until they become energized positive or negative.

Why be thankful?

As far as I can tell, the primary goal in everybody’s life is to be happy. They want to do things and have experiences that will make them feel good. We want to be content, and experience good feelings overall.

The form that this takes is going to vary from person to person. Again, because how each of us feels differs.

Even taking that into account, what does it feel like, in a general explanation, to be thankful?

Deep down in our metaphoric hearts (as in the emotional center, not that beating mass of muscle in our chests) there is a sense of calm, peace, accomplishment. It may actually feel physically warm and fuzzy. There is a lightness, a sense of wellbeing. For me, feeling grateful is comforting, like this microcosm I and I alone exist within is perfectly fine. It feels good.

To be thankful is to be grateful. Gratitude is one of the necessary tools for manifesting the lives we most desire to have. Each and every one of us possesses this ability. You can be thankful just as much as I can.

What’s more, the things we should be thankful for are not all that big. As I wrote earlier this week, no matter what your circumstances, there are always things we can be grateful for. We are alive. You and I are breathing. If you are reading this you have access to technology that enhances your life and connects you with people around the globe. You have the ability with which to read this.

It is not necessary to have ginormous, tangible things to show off to the rest of the world. Sure, they can be really cool and worthy of gratitude. However, we can be thankful for these little things which are almost infinite.

Be thankful in this moment.

You are alive. Right here, right now. In this one tiny moment in time you are. Maybe the world is insane and there are people who are making you feel absolutely crazed. Perhaps you are anxiously waiting to hear back about that job your interviewed for…or worrying about how your words or actions of the other day will come back to haunt you. They are out of your control.

However, in the here-and-now, you are. You possess the ability to be thankful for your life, and to really feel the gratitude of that, and the positivity it creates. And when you feel gratitude as a positive emotion, it will raise your vibrational frequency. Higher frequencies tend to draw more high frequency experiences to you.

That is the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like. Consciousness creates reality. The only truly real moment in time for us human beings is THIS moment. Past has passed and the future is unwritten. To be thankful invites in more of the things we desire, rather than those we do not.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. From here, we dive headlong into the holiday season. For a lot of people, this is a really joyous time of year. However, for almost an equal number of people, it’s an extremely depressing time of year. Loneliness, loss and upsets get just as magnified as togetherness, good fortune and happiness.

Be thankful in practice.

To combat this, I have an idea. I am going to do this myself. For the rest of the year, every day, in the morning, before I go to work, I will write down five things I am grateful for. I will look these over, read them, and FEEL the gratitude for them several times a day. Then, before bed, I will write down five more things for which I have been grateful today. I will feel these as I go to sleep.

To be thankful generates a lot of good in our lives. It is super-empowering.

Let me share five things I am thankful for this morning:

  • My home
  • Sunshine
  • My wife
  • My cat
  • You

How many things can you be thankful for in this moment?

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I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain. http://www.mjblehart.com

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