It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and it’s my favourite holiday of the year. I love Thanksgiving. I love that it’s a time where we get together with family and friends, it’s a collective consciousness of giving thanks for all of our blessings.
It’s also the season of harvest here as well, and we’re giving thanks for the harvest and all the blessings of mother nature.
Today I want to talk about the power and the energetics of gratitude, and why it is such a powerful state of mind and practice, not just once a year, but every day of our life.
There’s two types of gratitude, one being much more generative and more powerful than the other.
Let’s talk about gratitude for a minute. Gratitude is giving thanks. When we’re grateful, we’re talking about the things that we’re grateful for, we’re looking for what’s going right in our life. Wherever we’re placing our attention, that’s what the universe is reading as our intention. As I’m placing my attention on the many blessings in my life, the universe goes, “You’re interested in blessings, you’re interested in good things! Here’s some more things to be grateful for and more blessings in your life.”
And we attract based on that.
It’s really easy to look for the absence of things in our life, what’s not going right, what we’re struggling with. As long as we’re putting our attention on all of the lack, and the scarcity, and what’s not happening, the universe goes, “That’s what you’re interested in? Here’s more of that – more struggle, more hardship.”
So if you can imagine, gratitude is like a tuning fork for our energy, for when you’re feeling low, when you feel like you’re struggling. By starting to consider, “What am I grateful for in this moment?” It helps to shift your energy, helps to shift your attraction factor, and act as a really powerful tuning fork.
There’s two types of gratitude.
One is when we’re grateful for something. I’m grateful for my home, I’m grateful for my family, I’m grateful for my job or my car. So it’s kind of a reactionary gratitude. There’s something that happens in our life, there’s something that we have in our life, and we’re grateful for it.
This is wonderful and really important.
The second type of gratitude is to be grateful “in“.
Now this one takes a little bit more spiritual fortitude. “Grateful in” is when we have circumstances in our life that aren’t our preference. Maybe it’s a divorce, or a diagnosis. Maybe you’re struggling with your health or financially. When you get into a little car accident or you get those speeding tickets in the mail. There’s a circumstance that is not your preference.
And in those moments or situations, it’s important to generate a state of gratitude inside the experience.
There is something to be grateful for inside of that, even though the circumstances are not your preference. I’m grateful that I’m alive, I’m grateful that I still have my health, I’m grateful to know that there has to be an answer here. I’m grateful to know that there is a power breathing me that is greater than the circumstance. Im grateful that I get to learn a lesson here and grow from this.
You can see that there’s always something to be grateful for inside our experiences that we prefer and that we don’t prefer. It’s really a life choice. You can show up in your life as a person who lives from gratitude and in gratitude regardless of the circumstance.
And as you choose to live inside this attitude of gratitude, you will continue to have many blessings bestowed upon you.
So this Thanksgiving weekend, make sure that you take some time to count your blessings. To really look at all the good in your life, all the learnings. Over this last year and a half, or two years, there’s been some tough moments and some tough times. And as you reflect on those, what could you be grateful for inside those life experiences?
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you for being part of this community.
Here is to you living a life you love,