“If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice?”
Sometimes we lose sight of feeling grateful in our lives. It gets lost in the busyness and freneticism of our lives. Or something awful happens to us and then it definitely flies out the window. It is so easy to let go when things are falling apart which I well know as I experienced this at the beginning of this year.
Ironically, I wrote a blog on ‘Develop the healing power of Gratitude’ and did a corresponding guided meditation on Gratitude expounding its virtues. And how it increases your overall sense of well being. No matter what is happening in your life, there are always small moments to be cherished and grateful for.
Little did I know that a few weeks later, I would be seriously practising what I preach after unexpected news that threw my partner and me for a six. For a few months, I lost sight of being grateful as I was too busy coming to terms with what was happening. It took all my effort to see small joys in my daily life. However, when I did it gave me great comfort. Here is how I used meditation, tapping, and Reiki to support us.
It is so much easier to feel gratitude when you are in a good space – when you are out of fear and anxiety; when things have calmed down. Now, I am very grateful and even more so than ever. I am grateful for our lives, each breath we take, who we are, how we pulled through, and our ‘new’ normal. Looking back I can now see how much it changed me and took me even deeper into my spiritual growth.
When I saw the above-mentioned quote in this article by Jack Kornfield, I felt compelled to mention it again, particularly as we are leading up to a busy, frenetic and often an emotional time of the year.
This paragraph, in particular, stood out for me:
“Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the monks and nuns even offer prayers of gratitude for the suffering they have been given: “Grant that I might have enough suffering to awaken in the deepest possible compassion and wisdom.”
The aim of spiritual life is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.
Gratitude Tapping Script
I have created this gratitude tapping script to get you started. Remember to make it your own. And you can always replace gratitude with appreciation. If you are unfamiliar with the points, here is an image to show you where they are.
• Write down 3-4 things that you are grateful for right at this moment
Even though I am busy at the moment, I feel grateful for all that I have in my life
Even though I don’t acknowledge enough how grateful I am, I deeply and completely love myself
Even though I have more than I realise, I choose to feel lots of gratitude right now
Start of the eyebrow: with gratitude, I acknowledge all that I have in my life
Side of the eye: with gratitude, I acknowledge the love I have in my life
Under the eye: I know I don’t always feel grateful
Under the nose: I don’t always appreciate what I have
Under the mouth: and who I have in my life
Collarbone: I at times get lost in my thoughts and fears
Under the arm: that I lose sight of all that I have
Top of the head: So, at times I find it hard to be grateful
Start of the eyebrow: because I feel the world is against me
Side of the eye: nothing is working out the way I want it to
Under the eye: I feel ungrateful
Under the nose: rather than seeing what I do have in my life
Under the mouth: which is a lot
Collarbone: just sitting here I can now see what I have
Under the arm: and there is so much
Top of the head: so many precious moments to be thankful for
Stop, take a deep breath and check in with how you feel now. Then carry on with the following:
Start of the eyebrow: I choose to feel grateful
Side of the eye: I want to feel grateful
Under the eye: There is so much in my life to be grateful for
Under the nose: including myself
Under the mouth: I am grateful for who I am
Collarbone: for those around me
Under the arm: I have so many experiences to be grateful for
Top of the head: I appreciate the gifts each day brings me
Start of the eyebrow: I am celebrating this wonderful
Side of the eye: feeling of feeling grateful
Under the eye: My heart is singing full of love and gratitude
Under the nose: I am worthy of all that life has to offer
Under the mouth: I choose to love and accept myself
Collarbone: I choose to bring an attitude of gratitude into my life
Under the arm: right now
Top of the head: and always
Stop, take a deep breath and check in with how you feel now. Either carry on or come back to it again at another time. Keep asking yourself: What am I grateful for? Open yourself up to feeling grateful for by saying: I choose to feel grateful for all that I have.
To end: keep tapping on a regular basis. Use a journal as a reminder of what you are thankful for. I love using coloured pens to make it happy and joyful. I would also love to hear what you think about my post, leave me a comment below ♥
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” — Zig Ziglar
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Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au
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