Gratitude is good. Gratitude is great. Over time, practicing gratitude transforms the way you look at yourself, your life and the world, but what that transformation looks like and whether and how it serves your highest good is up to you.
With awareness, your gratitude practice can…
…put things in perspective.
…shine a light on what you value (as well as the ways how you’re living your life is misaligned with those values).
…raise your vibration.
…see you through a dark night of the soul.
…make mornings meaningful, transform traffic jams into meditations and take some of the bitterness out of any pills you need to swallow.
…be your entry point into the present moment.
Without awareness, your gratitude practice can…
…bring up feelings of guilt, selfishness or unworthiness. You’re not happy/challenged/fulfilled/valued at your job, but you should just be grateful you have a job at all in this economy, shouldn’t you?
And your ego will hear: It’s not okay to desire more than what you have, never mind reach for the stars and make those dreams manifest.
But don’t worry: your wise self knows it’s precisely because you’re grateful that it’s okay to desire and aspire to have/be/do more.
…drown out the message(s) any not-good-feeling feelings are trying to deliver. You should just change your thoughts, change the channel, change your inner scenery and visit your happy place, right?
And your ego will hear: Truly evolved people don’t experience anger, disappointment, hurt, sadness or [insert your own not-good-feeling feeling here] and if they do, they shift out of it FAST.
But don’t worry: your wise self knows that denying your not-good-feeling feelings is an act of resistance to your what-is and that that kind of resistance is more counter to your spiritual evolution than your not-good-feeling feelings.
…be a great excuse to settle for less, avoid risk (failure) and keep the distance between you and your potential greater than arm’s length. You should just stay the course because things could be so much worse, yes?
And your ego will hear: Let fear, uncertainty, anxiety and overwhelm direct the choices you make about how you live your life (they’ll keep you safe).
But don’t worry: your wise self knows that yes, things could be worse, but they could also be better beyond your wildest dreams and YOU are the only one holding you back.