โ€œ๐™„ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™จ๐™š ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ – ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™› ๐™„โ€™๐™ข ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™™๐™š.โ€ ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ

Some people think of gratitude as an over-hyped spiritual concept. Having problems? Work on your gratitude. Want to manifest? Learn how to be grateful for the things you already have.

Others compile lists about things they are grateful for, spending 3-5 minutes listing item after item, and then will continue with their daily lives.

Spending 5 minutes on gratitude is significantly better than not practicing any form of gratitude. We all need to start somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent years saying thanks to even the small things that happened during the day when I went to bed. I used to fall asleep while giving thanks. I then wanted to take this practice to the next level.โ€จ

Real gratitude is not just a thought, or an item on a long list of other items. It starts there, no doubt about it, but if we donโ€™t go further, we miss the real magic: Itโ€™s like visiting Iceland and not staying awake to see the Northern Lights. Itโ€™s like having sex without the emotional and/or spiritual connection. Itโ€™s like eating a gourmet dinner while you have a flu and canโ€™t taste anything: there is always something missing.โ€จ

And where does the real magic begin?

When we do it right, we feel gratitude in our body. It might have different sensations for different people. For me it starts like a warm, pleasant feeling that moves around in my body, but then very quickly reaches my heart. I feel an explosion of love, or gratitude to the point where it needs to be released in form of tears.โ€จ

In these moments I am connected to Source, The All That Is, the Universe, but above all myself: I feel so much love and appreciation for everyone and everything. I know everything is perfect and is unfolding just as it should. I have faith that this is how it was supposed to be, and no other way.

Can we go even deeper?

Oh yes, we can, and we must. Anyone can be grateful for a salary increase, promotion, having met their soulmate, or having success in oneโ€™s business.

But what about the โ€œnot so goodโ€ events?

I teach my clients to dig deep into their past, and to reflect on the โ€œsadโ€ or โ€œnegativeโ€ things that happened: the feelings of betrayal, difficult relationships ending in a divorce, grief after a loved one died, an illness one barely survived, or any grudge one is still holding on to.โ€จ

The question then is: 
– What have you learned from that situation? 
– How did that event/occurrence change you? 
– Where are you today as compared to then? 
– Did you develop more strength, more confidence? 
– Did you learn how to set stronger boundaries, or to embark on a quest for more self-love?โ€จ

Most often we grow through pain. We grow when we decide that โ€œenough is enoughโ€ and leave toxic relationships, or treat our bodies like the temples they are and change our diets after a chronic illness that maybe came as a โ€œwake-up callโ€. โ€จ

Once we reflect on what happened and what our lessons were, and whether we are any further on our self-development journey because of what happened to us, we realise that nothing happens TO us. But that everything happens FOR us.

Of course there are terrible things happening sometimes, and I donโ€™t wish to make it sound like everything is a beautiful lesson in life. Sometimes we get severely harmed and wonโ€™t agree that it happened for us to learn something. Thatโ€™s ok. Iโ€™ve been there, too.

When we experience tough situations, we will always wonder: โ€œWhy me?โ€ and โ€œI certainly didnโ€™t deserve thisโ€ and yes, we didnโ€™t.

But what I came to appreciate is the power and strength we gain when we overcame something terrible. And that makes us fu**ing warriors. And whatโ€™s best, we become empathetic towards people who went through the same hardships and difficulties.

We will become better listeners. We will be better equipped to console someone, because we come from a place of knowing what it feels like. A place of non-judgement. โ€จ

And how beautiful, special and divine is that? We can use our darkest moments to enlighten other peopleโ€™s path who might not know there is a light at the end of their tunnel, yet alone how to get there. Weโ€™ve been there, we know how to heal, how to get out of our tunnel of pain, and most importantly, we are now soldiers of love, leading the way for others to follow.โ€จ

As Iโ€™m writing this, I feel the gratitude building up in my heart, and with tears in my eyes, I tell you all:

You are amazingly brave souls, all of you.

The transformational power of gratitude is infinite. You can go deeper and deeper each time. And deeper and deeper we must go. Only through gratitude and forgiveness can we evolve collectively. And isnโ€™t that exactly what we need right now on this crazy planet called Earth?

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