For a long time I couldn't get behind the
gratitude practice. I didn't understand how to be grateful when my world felt
upside down and inside out. I knew I should be grateful but actually practicing
it was hard when my sights were set on all the negative things I was or had
experienced. How could I be grateful when my life felt hard.
When I finally leaned into my discomfort
and began to face my feelings and thoughts around those feelings, I realized
that I had been holding myself back from experiencing joy. I wasn't enjoying my
children, my husband, my hobbies, my passions, my food, my life. Once I
accepted a few things, took hold of the current stage of my life, I realized
that I had done so much and that I was missing out on what was in front of me
because I was too busy looking back. In learning to be present I learned to be
grateful. Gratitude is not something you can experience unless you understand that gratitude lives in the present, the present moment of our daily lives, routines, and its idiosyncrasies. I'm grateful for this lesson, and even more grateful to finally participate in a gratitude challenge to help me continue to stay present in my life as it is now.
~words and image by Katiusca Gutman
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