THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
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"Gratitude Completes Manifestations"
I've said it before, gratitude is the best defense. Gratitude is necessary at all times. We can get lost in complaining about what we don't have, missing out on what we do have. How can we get more, when we aren't grateful for what we already have. All of this you have heard before, and we all know this from our experience. Think of this blog entry as a special reminder.
We all need to be reminded sometimes about being grateful. It is so easy to get caught up in what we see as problems, when these same problems are our divine opportunities. Gratitude accelerates manifestations, and brings what we want to life. At times it seems that what we are striving for is moving farther away from us. It appears that things will never change, and what we want will never come. We can feel like we're stuck, stuck in certain unpleasant circumstances, and points in life. I know this feeling, when you are trying to see and feel your way through the dark, unknowing to when or if you will ever see the light. We always get to the light, even though it doesn't always feel that way.
Not to mention that when one problem comes, it seems that they all start to follow. It's not that other problems start to follow, it's just that we focus on the one problem so much that we bring about other problems. When we focus on a problem, or what we see as a problem, it grows in magnitude. The problem appears larger than it actually is. Trouble doesn't last forever. We are not stuck, and the Universe is always working in the background for us. It may not seem like it, with the days seeming to be on repeat, with the same things happening, but the Universe is always waiting for us, to shift to faith, and move towards trusting in it.
Gratitude is the attitude. Have you ever had a conversation with a person who was in an ungrateful vibration? Have you ever noticed yourself in an ungrateful vibration? I have caught myself mid complaint, and had to take back all of my words. I have felt ashamed. I always know someone who is in a worse position than I am. I have felt guilty after complaining. After sending all of the complaints out into the Universe, I have felt remorse. But I needed to feel that, because it put some things in perspective for me. I have too much to be grateful for. First of all, I have my life, when I could have been gone many of times.
If I find myself in a low mood, I start speaking gratitude. I begin to say how I am grateful for....
If you start listing the things that you are grateful for, you will discover that you have a lot to be thankful for. I write in a gratitude journal every day. I write what I am grateful for even when I am feeling low, and by the time I am done, I am feeling different, my vibration raises. I use gratitude as my defense all the time. Especially when someone says something that is unnecessary and hurtful to me. I state to myself how grateful I am for them. You can find a thousand things to complain about when it comes to people, but how about focusing on the things that are good about them? Everyone has something that is good about them. This is how I stop focusing on what they said or did to trigger me.
Why is it triggering me? Why does what they say matter?
Any relationship will improve if you start speaking gratitude for them. I have used this with my husband in times of disagreement. I reversed what I was feeling by stating everything that I am grateful for him for. His actions started to change, his attitude began to change, and I began to change my mindset towards our situations. Think about how you would feel if the person passed away? Would your anger still be in tact? Would it still be strong?
Towards the end of all of my meditations, I place my hand on my heart center and think of people that I am grateful for. I go person by person, and send gratitude and love their way. Gratitude brings out love, because they go hand and hand. I have found that doing this opens my heart more towards the person each time. I spend my last moments of meditation in gratitude. I begin my mornings in gratitude. As soon as my eyes open, I begin to thank God for opening them. I write in my gratitude journal upon waking up, and before I go to sleep. This makes a difference in how my day turns out. I speak gratitude over things that haven't happened, but I would like to see them happen. Remember the subconscious mind only knows the present moment. It doesn't know a joke from the truth or a lie. It knows what we feel. It goes off our dominant feeling, giving us more of whatever we're feeling.
Just writing to you about gratitude has lifted my spirit higher. I am grateful for you and for you reading and supporting my blogs. I am grateful that you subscribed. I train my mind to focus on the good things in my life, the things that are going along pleasantly. There are always going to be some kind of adversity, I just choose not to focus on it. It's not to be in denial of it, it's just to not power it up with energy. It is what it is.
Being grateful changes the brain in a positive way, and attracts the things that we desire into our lives. When we are grateful for a certain thing, it attracts more of that thing. If I feel myself going low, I just start saying, "I am grateful, I am grateful, I am grateful." I don't state what for, because as I say I am grateful, images begin to pop up in my mind, and I feel gratitude for them. My gratitude starts to feel stronger and stronger as I keep saying it. I look in the mirror and say, "I am grateful." My eyes begin to tear up, feeling grace and the love of God flowing through me. I hear complaints, and all I can say is we have so much to be grateful for.
It is natural for us to complain about things that are unpleasant in our lives. It's just that whenever we complain, we invite more of what we are complaining about. Then we wonder why nothing is changing for the better. Try it, when it feels like life is attacking you, start saying,
"I am grateful." Keep repeating it, even in the midst of whatever's happening, and it will start to turn around for you. You will feel better when you start saying it. Your mind will begin to block out all of the things that feel like problems, huge problems. You don't even have to say what you're grateful for, just say, "I am grateful."
"According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude (the quality of being thankful and readiness to show appreciation) literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. In 2008, scientists first used fMRI to study gratitude. In the study the researchers measured brain activity of participants experiencing different emotions, and found that gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain’s reward pathways and the hypothalamus. In short, just like Prozac, gratitude can boost neurotransmitter serotonin and activate the brain stem to produce dopamin" thriveglobal.com/stories/how-gratitude-actually-changes-your-brain-and-is-good-for-business/
There are countless benefits of being in a grateful state. I have to block out other people's complaints with using gratitude. I have to state to myself what I am grateful for. I am rewiring my brain to lead towards gratitude instead of complaining. Besides, what has complaining ever done for me?
"Parton states: “Throughout your brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever you have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge over which an electric signal can cross, carrying along its charge the relevant information you’re thinking about.”
Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross… The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it easier and more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together–in essence, making it easier for the thought to trigger.”
"So thinking about that again, if you continually have negative thoughts, those synapses associated with those negative thoughts will grow even more.
"This makes it easier to have those negative thoughts. Gradually you will become a more negative person over time and find it harder to find the positive in life."
It is not just our own thoughts that can be affected by negative emotions. Surrounding ourselves with others who are feeling angry or stressful can also affect us.
Think about a crowd turning from a peaceful protest to an aggressive mob in seconds. Or a group of ladies bitching about an absent friend. It is all too easy to get caught up in the moment.
Parton explains why: “When we see someone experiencing an emotion (be it anger, sadness, happiness, etc), our brain “tries out” that same emotion to imagine what the other person is going through. And it does this by attempting to fire the same synapses in your own brain so that you can attempt to relate to the emotion you’re observing. This is basically empathy.”
We not only have to watch ourselves in complaining, but keep away from others who live in a vibration of complaining.
Protect your energy.
If you think about it, you have so much to be grateful for. Even when it seems that things aren't going well, there is still something there, to be grateful for.
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Raquel Givens Jones
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