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Gratitude – What’s going right

Posted by Wee Sandy on July 25, 2008

There’s nothing like surviving a healing crisis to make one feel more alive than ever. Things we take for granted under normal circumstances – like being able to breathe freely, walk without pain, pick up the children, or enjoy a meal – suddenly reveal themselves as the blessings they truly are.

It’s important to cultivate that grateful spirit in our daily lives. It might have been Louise Hay who first introduced me to the concept of living life in a state of gratitude for what I have already been given. Or perhaps it was Eckhart Tolle. Anyway, both of these wise people support the concept!

In You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay writes, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back…The Universe totally supports us in every thought we choose to think and believe. Put another way, our subconscious mind accepts whatever we choose to believe. They both mean that what I believe about myself and about life becomes true for me. What you choose to think about your self and about life becomes true for you. And we have unlimited choices about what we can think. When we know this, then it makes sense to choose “Everyone is always helpful,” rather than “People are out to get me.” The Universal Power never judges or criticizes us. It only accepts us at our own value. Then it reflects our beliefs in our lives. If I want to believe that life is lonely and that nobody loves me, then that is what I will find in my world. However, if I am willing to release that belief and to affirm for myself that “Love is everywhere, and I am loving and lovable,” and to hold to that new affirmation and to repeat it often, then it will become true for me. Now, loving people will come into my life, the people already in my life will become more loving to me, and I will find myself easily expressing love to others.”

So, if the Universe is going to give us what we expect, what we focus on, and what we believe in, then it makes much more sense to live a life of gratitude. Rather than focus on healing sickness – which is still a focus on sickness! – it would be better to focus on the health we are still experiencing, and the higher level of health we want. Of course, we need to treat our bodies and minds when they are unwell, but I think it makes sense to do so with an attitude of gratitude for the unwellness, because it is helping us to remember to refocus on health! We get the rest we need, or take the herbs that support our healing, or contact the people, plants or animals who represent our emotional support system – but we do so knowing that health is ours for the taking. Rather than telling our friend, “Oh, I’m so sick. I can hardly breathe!” we instead might say, “This makes me so grateful for how easy it usually is to take a breath. We normally don’t even give it a second thought, but now I’m reminded of how good it feels to breathe so freely!”

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