We all hear the talk about gratitude, it’s one of the ‘buzzwords’ these days, but do you get why it is so crucial? One of my colleagues has an evocative phrase, “gratitude melts barriers”. Wow! Do you ‘feel’ the energy of that? What if we chose that – always? Do you think your life would change?
Gratitude and judgment cannot co-exist. Can you imagine how differently you could walk through your day – your world – with the attitude of gratitude for everything? The non-judgement of everything, including and especially yourself! The good, the bad, the ugly, the wonderful, the embarrassing, the joyful, the humdrum? What else could you create while your gratitude melts all the barriers you meet every day? People are attracted to that space of non-judgement and gratitude like bees to nectar and sometimes are even inspired to do the same – often without you saying anything! I can attest that my deliberately choosing gratitude for my husband in gnarly situations changed the energy for both of us and literally reestablished the joy in our marriage.
Someone who inspires me daily, Gary Douglas, Founder of Access Consciousness™ www.accessconsciousness.com says, “When you are not grateful for everything in your life, then you become the effect of those things you are not grateful for.” That’s expanding on “what you resist persists”. Not the most comfortable information and yet, life-changing. What if you were grateful for everything in your life – EVERYTHING? Yes, EVERYTHING! Try it for 24 hours or 3 days or a full week and see how your life changes. Well, maybe not – you can’t do that, it’s too hard. Sorry I asked.
I am excited to share that I have a new ‘professional’ certification – I am now a Right Voice for You™ Facilitator (a specialty branch of Access Consciousness™). I am so grateful to be playing with that information, tools and techniques. RVFY is focusing on ‘Giving Gratitude a Voice’ for the next few weeks and we are even running a 3 part teleseries on gratitude (you are welcome to join – LINK for more information
Another quote from Gary Douglas, “Gratitude is a major power…”. I could go on…
Hmm. Maybe I should change my website name to zesty, grateful, healthy life?
Well, actually judgement second, minute, day, week, month, year… What would it take for us to stop using judgement as the way we create our lives? Think about it – we judge our thoughts, feelings, words, actions, choices, to determine how we’re doing in life/biz/body/relationships, etc. We are continuously judging ourselves in order to decide what to do next. What if that is just an unkindness to ourselves? What if we chose gratitude and receiving and allowance instead? Would that lighten up your day and your world?
‘What?!’ you say. “How do we know what to do if we’re not judging ourselves every second?” Well, what if, when you made a choice, instead of judging you asked questions and used awareness as to whether you’re going in the right direction? Let’s use food for example: you’re running errands and walk by the bakery and dither about buying a croissant, and then go down the path of judging yourself as too fat, you shouldn’t make that choice, the butter is bad for your heart, etc. etc. Instead, ask your body if it would choose the croissant. My body said ‘no’ today, so I came home, chose grapes and a glass of water, and I was aware at how much more my body liked that choice!
May I offer another alternative to judgement: just to try for three days – and see what unfolds? Let’s use the body as an example: what if, every time you judged your body during the next three days, you said to yourself “That’s an interesting point of view. Body, I am so grateful for you and how you contribute to my life. I’m so grateful for your willingness to get up every morning and have energy to do things. I’m so grateful for your enjoyment of food and water and wine. I’m grateful for your strong legs that get me from place to place. I’m so grateful for my curves and curls.”etc. etc. You will be surprised how much better you feel and all the new empowering, acknowledging, even inspiring thoughts that come up and replace those judgement thoughts.
I am grateful to have Access Consciousness™ tools and techniques to play with and highly recommend them to everyone I meet! (and I even teach them, too!) www.accessconsciousness.com One of the things Access teaches is that when you have gratitude you have no judgement. How does it get any better than that?
Yours, in gratitude,