Radical gratitude is the ability to be grateful for things in our lives that our ego may define as challenges, bad things, or situations that have gone wrong. It is often easy for people to be grateful for the things they feel are going ‘right’ in their lives.
However, ‘radical gratitude’ initiates another level of depth. When we choose to view our challenges through a positive lens We step into greater mastery.
How is this serving my greater awareness?, How is this a blessing in disguise?, What is the spiritual gift in this experience?
When we become grateful for everything that is unfolding in our lives, we become sacred alchemists. An example of this alchemy in the natural world is the peacock. It derives its plume of feathers by transmuting the toxic plants that it eats into vibrant beauty.
I believe we all have the same ability to transmute our challenges into vibrant beauty through the practice of gratitude. When we become grateful for all of the highs, lows, and in-betweens, we release the anger and resentment that we feel towards what happened to us and start looking for the positive in life, the silver linings.
The next time you feel something challenge you at your core, ask how this is serving your higher awareness—it beats complaining about it.
It’s one thing to do know what gratitude is, but how can we practice it our busy lives? The answer is simple enough: writing!
When I work with my clients, I always encourage them to do a written gratitude practice. The written practice of gratitude is a ceremony—which I say is simply uniting an intention with an action. The intention is to be grateful; the action is writing it down.
I suggest you write three things that they are grateful for at least four times a week in the morning because it sets the energetic tone for the day.
What you’re grateful for can be about almost anything: from your health to taco Tuesday. However, you shouldn’t repeat the same things that you are grateful for each day. You might be grateful for your puppy every day, but repeating it every day starts to feel generic and repetitive. Plus, there’s so much in life to be grateful for!
The purpose of this practice is to FEEL appreciation. It takes approximately 17 seconds to activate a vibration so you will want to linger on each aspect for at least that long.
You will know you are doing the exercise correctly because it will feel good to do so. If we are not grateful for our lives, we are judging our life—which doesn’t feel good. I also encourage people to integrate the subjects in their life that they feel most ‘challenged’ by.
The reason we feel challenged is because we are viewing that experience through the lens of scarcity and what isn’t working. When we shift our focus to gratitude, we can initiate greater flow and fulfillment in this area of our lives.
So, not only during this season of gratitude and thankfulness—but always—it’s important to look at the positive side of life instead of the negatives. To celebrate the good that we have rather than fixating on what we want but we don’t have.
I am grateful for the collective awakening and this era of empowerment. I am grateful for all of the readers of this article and for those that will choose to be more grateful for their lives. Imagine a world where everyone was grateful.
We would all be co-creating Heaven on Earth. Or perhaps I should say, Heaven on Earth already exists.
By choosing to see life through the lens of gratitude we bear witness to the beauty that has been here all along, becoming the change we wish to see in the world.