Gratitude Begets Gratitude
Gratitude has magical powers! Gratitude clones itself!
But first, we must find our way to gratitude. How do you do that if you feel like you have a heavy cloud over you? You might not even know why you have that heaviness around you.
Let’s start with the intention of living in gratitude. Then, let’s go to something that warms the heart.
Is there something that shifts you into gratitude when you think about it? It might be—
- an experience
- someone you love
- a child you love beyond measure
- a pet or animal that is precious to you
- a message, card, or gift you received that opened your heart—and might have brought you to tears
Why does gratitude show up when all you do is think about something?
Whatever you can imagine that opens your heart and brings such joy to you generates gratitude. As you focus on that experience, it has a life of its own—it clones the feeling and lifts the heaviness.
What can you do if you fall back into doubts, regrets, or thoughts that bring you down? Stop, give yourself some space, and return to the experience that opened your heart. Doing these things several times may allow the process to become automatic. The shift in how you feel will come faster.
Then, the magic happens! You notice the kindness in other people and are grateful. You pay attention to the beauty around you and are grateful.
It seems like gratitude clones itself!
You are part of the process!
When we focus on something, it expands. Gratitude expands when we focus on something that opens our hearts.
Then, when someone is difficult or things seem to go wrong, harken back to that feeling of gratitude. You can send love to that person. You can wrap them in a special color.
When things seem to fall apart, or one mistake follows another, you can stop, take a deep breath, and return to that experience that opens your heart.
I am suggesting that it takes intention to break an old habit. That habit may be anger at yourself or another person. Instead of stuffing the anger, feel it. Wrap it in a color that feels right at that moment. As it recedes, imagine that situation, person, or animal that opens your heart.
Now, create a plan to respond to whatever came up as an old habit. How can you live life so that glitches are faced and resolved? And right there, you have one more reason to feel grateful.
We think of November as a time of gratitude. May these suggestions allow you to be part of cloning gratitude. May your heart be full of experience after experience from which gratitude is cloned.
I am sending gratitude to all of you. You are the one you have been waiting for. This is your time to be part of shifting old habits, shifting old energy, and shifting into a new way of being!