A Lens of Gratitude Releases Negativity
Can’t fall asleep before I whisper into the darkness three things I feel gratitude for. This gratitude practice carries over into boring car rides or listless waiting in long lines that grows into a head painfully crowded with negative thoughts. As I catch myself, becoming physically tighter and inwardly dark, I’ll remind myself that I’m creating this negative, unhealthy experience with the quality of my thoughts. The conscious switch to gratitude activates the sluggish climb out.
The first conscious attempts at gratitude feel foolish as I grab for anything. Thinking, “I’m grateful for tar and lines in roads. They make driving easier and safer.” Or “I’m grateful this line is so long so I get to be reminded to be grateful.” I inwardly roll my eyes at myself, but this small effort shifts the negative to the grateful.
I’ve learned that expressing gratitude purposefully draws me away from the useless, energy clogging negative. The repetition of quietly stating what causes gratitude to infuse me creates another lens for me to witness my inner landscape and outer life.
The gratitude lens is clean, light filled, positive, and true. The focusing lens of gratefulness fades the negativity from view. The clarity magnifies what I value. Which opens me to welcoming what I care about into my life.
Gratitude is more than a nod of recognition. It’s an energy that shines the brightest of spotlights on value, love, and your truth. This Thanksgiving and every night after, what will you reveal that you are grateful for?