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Hard times?

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To do or not to do?

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In a culture focused on “being productive” and “getting things done,” the idea of doing nothing is not one that is particularly supported. “Don’t just sit there. Do something,” is somewhat of a cultural mantra.

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Yesterday as I continued to practice “extreme gratitude” I felt led to extend gratitude to areas in my life that were painful. Gratitude for painful experiences?
 
As memories of painful experiences flooded my mind, I began to argue inwardly, “How can I be grateful for this? Does this make sense? It doesn’t make sense but I’m going to stay open and try it and just see what happens.”
 
I sat down, closed my eyes, and began to give thanks for the pain. This quickly moved to giving thanks for everything I could think of that was painful from the my earliest memory, and for every person that I could think that seemed to cause me pain and heartache as well as any situation or circumstance that I found painful throughout my life. 

Tears flowed down my face in a steady stream as memories flooded my mind of one painful experience after another in chronological order and for each I said, “Thank you for _____.”
 
It was as though I was being washed from the inside out. To my great surprise, when I finished I felt cleansed, lighter, and like I wanted to curl up for a cozy, peaceful nap.
 
I’m not sure what the next step is my extreme gratitude experiment but I’ll let y’all know as it unfolds. xo

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I kept my focus on gratitude yesterday. Whenever I thought about it (which was often) I began to give thanks for anything and everything. “Thank you for this mirror, this mascara, this mouth, these hands,” while getting ready for the day.

While driving Pucci to the groomer for his bath I was filled with a sense of peace as I gave thanks for the traffic light that had turned red as I approached it. Normally something that might irritate me, particularly when I’m feeling rushed, became a meaningful encounter with peace.

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I’m posting this as a reminder to myself today. I know this to be true and that it’s one of the most important things to remember throughout the day, and yet I’m amazed at how often I forget to practice it. Hmmm.
 
It doesn’t matter WHAT we express gratitude for, whether it be those things we consider small or large. What matters are the deep feelings of joy and love that bubble to the surface when we sincerely turn in this direction. I’ve found that I don’t always feeeeel grateful when I give thanks (at first) but if I persist, the feelings are sure to come.
 
I will often start giving thanks for anything and everything I can think of and have been in such dire straights at times that the only thing I could think of to start with were my shoelaces. “Thank you for my shoelaces,” led to another thing and another until I would invariably find myself snot crying with a sense of deep joy and love.
 
I’m grabbing a box of tissues and gettin’ busy today. Join me?

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Naps? Chocolate? Yes!

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