As soon as I open my eyes, the list begins. Before my feet even touch the floor, I start naming and claiming. This is my morning gratitude ritual.
First thing each morning, I practice gratitude. More than simply a passing thought of "I'm so thankful", it's a deliberate effort to feel gratitude deeply, letting it permeate completely through my whole body. It's a habit I learned from a dear friend, and it has proven to be a major force in my life. Seriously, I really do feel like it's a super power.
Gratitude is a law of nature ~ like attracts like. We can access this power by focusing on the positive aspects of our lives. When we are able to feel truly grateful for the things we already have, we attract even more of those positive things into our lives. It's science people; look it up. ;)
On the other hand, if we focus on everything that we perceive to be wrong, bad, frustrating, or annoying about our lives, our bodies, our health, or anything else, we will continue to receive those negative outcomes or results. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy ~ what we concentrate our energy on is what we will receive.
I'm not just speaking of the power of positive thinking here, which I think is great by the way. I'm talking about harnessing an actual power that exists all around us and letting it help us to build better relationships, more excellent health, a more resilient spirit, and happier lives.
The power of gratitude also works to help us overcome our problems. If we can see what we have to be grateful for in every challenge, then we can really use our super powers for good! Bring gratitude to your pain, to your difficult relationships, to your struggles and addictions. Every experience in life is an opportunity for growth and transformation, and gratitude is what takes us from "Why is this happening to me?" to "How is this helping me grow?
I once heard someone say, "Sometimes we ask God to fill up our cup, then we hold up a teaspoon." If we want more goodness bestowed upon us, we have to start by truly loving what has already been given. Gratitude lets the Universe know that we are ready and willing to receive even more abundance.
How to implement a gratitude practice:
1. Choose a time of day to actively practice being grateful. Morning usually works best.
2. Make a mental list, write in a gratitude journal, or say out loud to yourself or a partner what you are grateful for that day.
3. Dig deep. Make sure you aren't just listing the same things every day. Trying to think of different things to focus on each day will force you to go further down the rabbit hole of gratitude.
4. Experience it in your body. Focus on the physical feeling of gratitude. Where do you feel it in your body? Zero in on that spot and really feel it.
5. Use gratitude to help you overcome your problems. Choose an area of your life that you want to improve or a situation you wish to transform. List ten things you are grateful for about the problem or situation. What are you learning? What good will eventually come from this? It may just be that this unwanted situation will make you better equipped to help others down the road.
The great thing about this super power is that there's a never ending supply. No matter how much gratitude power you use, you'll never run out! It can be used anytime, anywhere, and in any circumstance. It's way better than X-ray vision, being invisible, or having rubber band arms. Gratitude power is the best super power in the world, and from what I can tell, the world needs all of us to don our capes and tights and start using it.