attitude of gratitude
I have been applying a lesson from my mentor that we have two wings:
One wing is our self-effort, the other wing is the grace of God.
The wing of the grace of God is always moving. This is the universe at work. Always working. Always flowing like the breath and heart beat. It is consistent.
If that wing is flapping alone, the bird cannot get off the ground. If we put too much self-effort in, we go in circles.
We need to have our self-effort be in sync with the grace of God in order to move forward.
I have struggled during my journey to trust the grace of God.
To trust that the wing is always moving.
To trust that life works.
To trust the laws of the universe.
To trust that I am fully supported.
I’ve been asking what it will take for me to trust the grace of God. I keep letting go and then go right back to worry, doubt and fear. I want to live completely in alignment with the grace of God and to feel that support in every inch of my body.
What will it take?
Today, the answer came:
An attitude of gratitude. To express and feel gratitude for how things are moment by moment. Not getting caught up in how I want them to be, but how perfectly life is working already.
To see the silver lining in every perceived breakdown.
To see the opportunity.
To see that it is perfect. Always.
Yes, I have gratitude for all that I’ve called in that I’ve wanted, but can I have that same gratitude for the things that are happening that I don’t necessarily want? Simply because they are happening for a reason beyond my comprehension for my highest good?
That is the attitude of gratitude.
Here is an exercise for you:
Think of a time when something happened to you that you didn’t want. How did you feel in your body?
Now see the opportunity, the lesson and express your gratitude. Now how do you feel?
I’ll give you an example:
In Peru, our flight was delayed and we had to spend the night in Cusco.
I was tired. I was frustrated. I was agitated. Contracted.
One of the women who was with me said: “there is a silver lining here!”
I immediately shifted my energy and expressed gratitude for the situation.
Before we knew it, we were put up in a hotel with a three course dinner and breakfast. Our hotel room was 10x nicer than the place we would have stayed at in Lima. It was perfect. We felt AMAZING.
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment with your story of expressing an attitude of gratitude below.