Gratitude aligns us with the power of love, and love is the highest vibration there is. To practice gratitude is to practice love. Whether it’s a negative or positive experience, when we express gratitude we are letting the Universe know that we take ownership for what has shown up in our world. By expressing gratitude, we strengthen our co-creation with the Universe to have even more of what lights us up.
Lately, I’ve been practicing gratitude in different ways, sort of expanded gratitude if you will. Being grateful for wonderful things that are in my life on a continuum throughout the day. Over the years I’ve gifted my gratitude to the universe, myself, in the morning and right before I fall asleep at the end of my day. For the last several months, my husband Greg and I have been sharing a gratitude journal and every day we write notes to each other, either expressing our gratitude, sharing something funny or professing our love to one another. What I know from doing this is that we each feel appreciated, heard and seen on an intimate level. It is an affirmation that our efforts are meaningful and life changing for one another.
One morning I had the idea pop into my head that I would focus my gratitude on Greg throughout the day – expanded gratitude – and see what that was like. I wanted to go deeper into my feelings and thoughts, truly exploring gratitude and the magic in my world - to be present to all the thoughtful, caring ways Greg shows up to me, us and our family.
June 11, 2016
7:30 am – Fresh coffee – I adore this man.
7:45 am – Early morning loving – I am grateful to experience his pleasure, the softness of his hands, the warmth of his breath and the sparkle in his eyes.
9:30 am – Breakfast dishes are all put away – thank you. More coffee – bliss.
12:00 pm - Grateful to be held in one of his bear hugs that make time stand still.
12:05 pm – Immense gratitude as I watch him provide tech support to my angry computer.
2:30 pm – You know when you feel such happiness and joy wrapped in a crazy-ass grin? That’s how I feel riding on the back of Greg’s motorbike.
4:15 pm – So thankful that I don’t have to do the “blue jobs” (garbage, kitty litter…)
6:00 pm – Grateful that he loves to cook – his mission is to “blow my mind” when he cooks for me – and he does.
7:15 pm – Soft caress on my shoulder as we watch a movie together.
9:30 pm – Gratitude fills my heart as I watch Greg tuck our daughter into bed. He is so loving, gentle and nurturing with her. I am grateful that she has such an amazing Father.
10:00 pm – As I drift off to sleep I revisit our day together and am grateful that he is in my world, loving me, sharing with me and I’m excited for what tomorrow will bring.
What I learned from doing this is that it’s easy to say the words “thank you”, but feeling gratitude in your heart is something much deeper and more profound and when we look for things to be grateful for and about, the Universe conspires to gift us with even more. Gratitude gives the gift of nurturing, uplifting love that is felt on a soul level.
What are you most grateful for?
Who are you most grateful for?
What experiences do you cherish with all your heart?
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Shauna Marie Chandler
Reiki Master/Teacher, Angel Readings, Sacred Geometry