When it comes to getting out of a bad headspace, gratitude can take you far.
Being grateful for everything material and immaterial that you have can do a lot for all involved. It will make you feel good, and also spread that to others.
Being grateful is so very easy. But in its purest form, it is the ultimate mindfulness practice. Nothing combines thought, feeling, and action like gratitude does.
How does it work like that?
First, you have a thought of gratitude. Tangible or intangible, you have something you are thankful for.
Second, you have a feeling of gratitude. Whatever it is, feeling grateful is a positive thing, and it opens you up to both giving and receiving more things to feel grateful for.
Third, you have an action of gratitude. You might simply say “thank you.” That can be to another person, or even to yourself. Saying the words makes the gratitude even more powerful.
Thoughts, feelings, and actions are the keys of mindfulness practice. Gratitude employs all three to create a singular sensation mixed of these. It is not just ideas, emotions, and acts in the mind and body, but also spiritual.
Gratitude opens you up in many positive ways. It is an ultimate expression of love in its truest, purest form.
Gratitude is good for the world
One of the biggest problems in the world today is a lack of gratitude. Much of this comes from people who are at the “top” of their industry, whatever it may be.
Politicians, business leaders, religious leaders, and numerous other figures of authority tend to show no gratitude to anyone or anything — unless it is selfishly self-serving. This example colors much of the information we absorb subconsciously day by day, and that just perpetuates the problem.
There is no harm in expressing gratitude for something. This is a completely positive thing. Thinking, feeling, and acting grateful does ZERO harm, and opens up pathways to more good in general.
Have you ever noticed that you feel as good when you express gratitude as when you receive it? That’s because the energy is pure positivity. Given or received, genuine gratitude feels good.
When the world is darkened by war, disease, poverty, unkindness, and other negatives — gratitude is an excellent way to change the collective consciousness. Being grateful, because it is a wholly mind, body, and spirit experience, is the ultimate game-changer.
You may currently be in an awful position. Life may completely suck for you because you are unemployed, or sick, or coping with bad things. But even at your worst, you can find gratitude.
How? Because you are alive. As long as you are alive you have options.
I know it doesn’t always seem that way, but it’s still the truth.
Being grateful for life, even when imperfect, can open you to potential, possibility, and more. Even when life looks like total shit, so long as you are alive you have the potential for change.
Gratitude in a pandemic
Despite all that is happening in the world right now, there are lots of things to be grateful for.
Some of these things will be deeply personal. Your people, family, possessions, and the bits and pieces that make up your life itself.
Some will be broader and indirect. People and things that are in the world you encounter — or not — but for which you can still express gratitude.
For example, in MY life, I am grateful for (in no particular order):
· My home
· My friends
· My health
· Opportunity and potential
· My skills and abilities
· My hobbies
This is a mix of material and immaterial.
Outside of my immediate life, I want to express how grateful I am for the following:
· Delivery drivers
· Cooks and others still working in restaurants
· Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and medical professionals
· Warehouse workers packing and shipping to minimize exposure
· Cashiers, stockpeople, and everyone else still working at grocery stores, pharmacies, and so on
· Garbage people, maintenance people, gas station attendants, and everyone else still working
· Everyone else placing themselves at risk in the interest of the greater good
Yes, I know some of this is by choice while some is not. Nevertheless, I am grateful to all of you and what you are doing.
Does it matter?
Of course it does. When we are not grateful, we close ourselves off. You cannot draw good to yourself if you are not grateful for the good you already have in your life.
Even when you are lacking, hurting, and in a bad place — so long as you are alive there is SOMETHING to be grateful for.
To be fair, I know that some people may find gratitude virtually impossible. You may be suffering in numerous ways that make gratitude for anything neigh on impossible. I cannot offer solace or any logical or reasonable argument to you regarding changing how you are thinking and feeling. There is no cure-all, no one-size-fits-all answer. But I believe that finding gratitude can be of help.
There are going to be moments where you just cannot express gratitude. That’s okay because that’s just a part of life. There are ups and downs, and nobody is in a good place all the time. But you do have the ability to choose, in most instances, how long you will be in that bad place.
When you are feeling down you often get to choose if you will remain with that, or shift it and seek ways to redirect where your headspace, mindset, and soul is. Possibly the best way to do that is by seeking and expressing gratitude.
Gratitude empowers you. It activities your mindfulness, which makes you aware of the here-and-now, and thus opens you up to influence and control of your life experience.
Of all the tools we have for improving our lives, gratitude is the strongest. Its purely positive position is unique and powerful. Share it, express it, use it frequently and often — and watch how it changes things for the better.
More gratitude can change the whole world for the better.
You are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter — and that’s something to be grateful for.