When I witness the many ways either I am struggling, or any part of creation is struggling, it is hard to feel anything. In the past I have been great at numbing my heart by focusing on all that has to be done. But now I recognize that when I shut down the difficult feelings, I also shut down the joy within me.
Gratitude is a pathway that helps me open my heart. This is not as simple as writing a list of things for which I am grateful. It’s important to notice the effects of gratitude on my heart. By placing a hand on my chest to draw attention there, I tune into my heart sensations:
I then think of something for which I am grateful (a beautiful sunset, an interaction with a close friend, a playful puppy) and notice any shifts in sensation. With these shifts I notice a sense of connection to that for which I am grateful, a recognition that I am not alone in this world. This opens me to an understanding that we are all connected and yet separate.
I also recognize that, in the time it took me to experience this moment, there are others who experienced a moment of trauma. As I acknowledge this, I notice my heart feeling a variety of emotions—truly all emotions—the pain and joy of the world. It is as if my heart is opening to hold all this, while at the same time having a sense of being held—an acceptance that in this moment all these feelings are true.
I invite you to notice your heart space. Let gratitude be one way to open your heart to experience connection and acceptance of all there is.
Thank you, that was so simple, profund and heart warming🤗❤💫