Gratitude for What Is



So often we wish things were different in our life: I wish I were in a relationship, I wish I had a more loving partner, I wish I had more money, I wish I had more friends, I wish I had a good job, and so on. We are dissatisfied with the way our life is because we've been culturally conditioned to compare ourselves to others. So, we look outside of ourselves to achieve real happiness. I'd be happy if I had a boyfriend/girlfriend, if I had a more loving partner, if I had more money, if I had more friends, if I had a good job, and the list goes on.


Why can't we be happy with what is right now? Can we be grateful for our life right here and now? We are ENOUGH right now. Everything is perfect in its own imperfection. If we are alone, that doesn't mean we are lonely. Alone time is absolutely necessary for personal growth. We need to tune into our very own inner truth and live from that level of consciousness. Being grateful for what we have, and living in our truth automatically attracts more good things into our life to support us.


When I'm feeling down and feeling like I'm not enough, I like to think of all the things I'm thankful for. I either make a mental list, or I write it down in my journal. It's amazing, but a gratitude list never fails to pull me out of my slump.


In order to deepen our gratitude, it helps to open up the heart chakra. Here's a visualization to strengthen the heart (Anahata) chakra.


Visualization

Allow your breathing to fall into its own natural rhythm, not trying to control it in any way. Just observe as you breathe in relaxation, and breathe out tension. Breathing in, breathing out. Just watching the natural rhythm of your breathing.


If thoughts intrude, allow them to flow on past, and return your attention to your breathing. Breathing in, breathing out (repeat).


Bring your attention to your chest area. Imagine a lovely little green light there…swirling around like a little whirlpool. Try to notice how it feels, how it looks. Try to get a sense of how it is functioning, can you feel any tingling? What thoughts are popping into your head? Is it swirling and moving, what speed is it, does it feel fast or slow, a little small light or a big enlarged light. Can you see any color in your mind's eye? Visualize again the little green light around your chest area, watch as the green glow starts to gently spread out and get bigger as it spins.


Now bring your attention to your breathing, breathing in and breathing out. (repeat) As you breathe in, visualize yourself breathing in emerald green light down into your chest area. With every in-breath you pull in more fresh green light, allowing it to fill your Heart Chakra and your chest area, spreading out through your whole body. Breathing in green light, down into your arms and hands. Down into your pelvis, your legs and toes. Breathing in green light up into your chest, your head, filling your entire body, connecting with all other chakras.


Focus again on your chest area, on the swirling green light chakra center, visualize in the center a little pink rosebud. Allow this pink rosebud to unfurl slowly, petal by petal, opening out into a beautiful pink flower surrounded by glowing green light, with a golden yellow center. Know that you are safe as you open out your heart center to give and receive love.

As you breathe in this green light, it brings you love, compassion, forgiveness, an open heart. As you breathe out, the green light heals your heart and dissolves all fear. Feel the lovely green glow as it gently spins and envelops you. Breathing in green light, breathing out tension. Tell yourself you are loving, you are loveable, you are loved. Breathing in green light, breathing out tension (repeat).


Bring your attention back to your chest area, to the green light of the Heart Chakra. Visualize the swirling green light getting smaller, bringing it down to around the size of a fairy light, bringing it back down to normal function.


Bring your awareness back to the flow of your breathing, in and out, in and out. Notice the cool breath as it comes in through your nose and down the back of your throat and into your lungs. Notice the natural movement of your tummy as you breathe, in and out. Be aware of your full body again as it rests against the floor. Bring your attention to your toes, and give them a little wiggle. Then to your fingers and give them a little wiggle. Give your shoulders a little shrug. Let yourself be aware of the room again, of all the sounds close by. And when you feel ready to, you can open your eyes


© Erika Marie McClane 2022