Three lessons in gratitude
Today’s Sora TV was inspired by a practice from Day 11 in the Stay Sacred journal. It is a powerful and simple message around being grateful.
It’s an invitation to explore a different aspect of gratitude than what you might be used to.
How many of you are at this place where you desperately want to know the how?
You understand the spiritual practice, but deep down within you, you still want to know every last detail? Every last detail that will solve your problem whether it has to do with your business, your health, your love life, or your family.
What I have noticed when working with clients or even when I'm having conversations with sisters, there are a lot of questions around the exact next steps and what it will all look like.
I may share my story and details on what led me down a path while also highlighting that our soul has very different makeups, therefore, the messages that my intuition provided me may not be the right direction for you. The way I was called to do something may not be the way you are meant to approach the same situation.
We are uniquely different and so I cannot provide you with a blueprint, and even if you followed it, it may not work out the same way. That is why intuition, guidance, and exploration is so valuable.
Oh, how I understand that life feels more complicated because of this. That is when gratitude becomes such an important practice.
In this circumstance, gratitude may look like this:
I may not understand exactly what's happening and I'm thankful. I'm grateful.
I may so desire to learn and feel and wish that there were steps that I can take to move from where I am to where I need to be, and I let go of what that looks like. Thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you for letting all of this come up in my body, thank you for letting all these emotions come up, thank you for allowing me to be present, to notice all of these things. And now I get to clear them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you that life is not about only the next step and how do I make myself better by being like someone else, but to listen and drop in and create more space for silence. Thank you.
This may go against all you have been taught about gratitude; that you have to stay in the positive to receive more positive. Or that you have to “fake it until you make it.”
To be in a sense and state of gratitude doesn't mean that you're always in a delightful place.
You can absolutely share your gratitude for the beautiful flowers that are blooming, or the birds that sing a sweet melody, or the delicious gluten-free cupcake you are about to eat. Bliss is divine and should be celebrated.
The act of being grateful for the shadow, the darkness can be powerful. When you are unsure with life, when you feel tired, when you are unclear and distressed, fighting with your family, and seemingly in a vicious cycle and have no idea why…
...you are still grateful.
Here's where the gratitude practice becomes the most profound, pivotal thing that you can do as your spiritual practice.
And it seems so easy, but the kicker is that when you say you're grateful, that you really mean it.
The last part of gratitude is about humility.
You are always a student, dear sister. It’s not that you don't know things, not that you're unworthy, but that you're always curious about life, that you never know more than others, that you're never better than others, that you are just human and you have certain gifts or certain areas that you've strengthened more so than others, but that doesn't mean that you're on a higher pedestal than another.
Notice throughout the day, when do you put yourself on a pedestal? When do you put someone else on a pedestal?
It's a natural reaction. It's not that it's right or wrong, but can you identify it and then become humble?
Be curious, be open, be receptive, be available to new expressions and new thoughts and new point of views, knowing that you're always learning, even when you think you know something, that you're learning even more, and that you get to a place of saying, I don't know.
Gratitude begets gratitude. Feel into gratitude becoming your native tongue, and as part of an abundant spiritual practice, as you move through your day.