I am grateful for gratitude.
Sounds funny, right?
But honestly, gratitude has become my go-to response. It's
become my way of dealing with my fear, my impatience, and my
I can't keep from feeling these things, but I can decide how I
deal with them. I can see them as feelings, as auto-pilot
responses, as old patterning, and I can choose to not identify
with them, to not see them as indicators of who I really am.
So when they make their inevitable appearance, I take it as a
signal to practice gratitude. I grab the journal next to my bed (or
anywhere in the house…I have a lot of journals sitting around), or
I type on my computer, or I just think about my loves and what
Gratitude breaks through the false and fear-based thinking of
the ego. Gratitude is about seeing the truth, it's about feeling
and realizing who you are and the gifts that you have been
Regardless of circumstance, there is always something to be
When I am struggling I almost see more to be thankful for - I
see the sun and the moon, I fully experience my breath and I stay
as close as possible to the loves in my life.
I see what is difficult to see when I am stuck in my head or
stuck in the belief system that life is about stuff, jobs, money,
I see my family and friends, and I realize how grateful I am
that they are in my life. I am even more grateful that I know their
I am thankful that I know that life is about loving me so I can
love them. I am thankful that I can feel love anytime I desire by
getting out of my head and placing my attention in my heart.
So when I feel like I'm being pulled down by societal fear and
doom, I pull myself back up with gratitude.
It helps me remember everything. It helps me remember why I'm
It brings me back to reality.
Click here to listen to Cathy and her husband Todd talk about
gratitude on Zen
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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