How to Make Gratitude Your Superpower
Note: This post originally appeared on Modern Shamanic Living
Gratitude: the state of being grateful: THANKFULNESS.
So you've made your daily gratitude lists, filled those jars and whatnot but you're still not feelin' it? I'm not surprised. Small daily habits are essential for change but are they enough to change your state of being? Superpower activation is going to require a lot more being-ness and a little less doing-ness.
Here's what I mean. How different would your life look if you walked through it in a state of being grateful? Wouldn't everything seem completely different? Could you ever feel crappy while you are filled with the feeling of gratitude?
The thing is, your life can only be as you see it.
Let me repeat that...
Your life can only be as you see it.
Said in another way; who you are being, shapes the way your life goes.
Once you understand and accept this, it changes everything. But you should also know, it's a little like Pandora's box, and you can't put the lid back on. However, it's vital that you truly get it before you can have gratitude as a superpower.
So, how do you BE grateful? As the definition suggests, gratitude is a state of being. Just knowing this is helpful. You can't change what we're not aware of; so now you know. But how can you go from feeling grateful only some of the time to most of the time? How does it become a superpower?
Here's a practice upgrade for you:
Spend one entire day not asking for a single thing to be different in your life, the world, or for anyone else.
You'll begin to notice the shift big time.
If you'd like to upgrade this even further, you can apply the practice of Ho'oponopono. It's a Hawaiian healing practice of reconciliation and forgiveness that brings about a state of gratitude and healing. It allows us to realize our oneness with all of life by acknowledging our responsibility in the grand scheme of things. You don't have to fully understand all of the interwoven connections to make this work. Just try it and see.
Here's how to do it: for everything in front of you, especially the challenges, say (out loud or to yourself), "I'm sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You."
It won't be easy at first, but I promise it will be worth it.
These are simple practices that will make a huge impact. They work by putting you back into the driver seat of your life. By taking responsibility for your outlook, and everything around you, you're no longer a helpless victim of your circumstances. You will be super-powered with the gift of gratitude that will shape the world around you for the better. And ultimately society as a whole.
Go ahead and give them a try then let me know how it's going.
Also, share a photo of yourself and everything you're grateful for on social media with the hashtag #superpoweredbygratitude so we can see the impact you're making.
I'm so excited for you!
1/18/2019 07:37:50 pm
I really needed to hear that, Dawn. My gratitude exercise begins now. Class in session. Muscle memory will eventually pull me through the negative times if I do your practices enough?
1/21/2019 01:24:05 pm
I tried saying THANK YOU for everything. It was so easy for things that made me happy: the opened door, the discounted price, the ease of movement. My resistance, however, was great when it came to heavy traffic, angry people and indigestion. The only way I was able to thank those occurrences was to ACCEPT that they were happening. Once I accepted, I no longer had to judge and push it away. Then, I was open to gratitude.
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