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Today’s Post is from Lelia Pagan at The Raging Empath
Gratitude is My Super Power!
So I’m a big writer, maybe you can you tell if you’ve read some of my other posts. I’ve actually been journaling consistently since I was nine years old.
I find a comforting relief in letting my thoughts flow from my brain to the paper; allowing my thoughts to be released from the trap that is my ego is so freeing to me.
It’s as though I can feel my thoughts trickle down from my brain into my neck, shoulders, and arms, flowing steadily like a stream into my hands and fingers through to the pen and the ink, gracefully kissing the paper in one cathartic motion.
I AM LISTENING:
Lately, it seems the universe is surrounding me with reminders to be grateful.
I’ve already posted on this topic once, but as I’m realizing more and more the power that gratitude has, I figure it’s a topic worth revisiting.
I recently came across some advice online about journaling prompts; avid journalist that I was, I had not heard this term, so naturally, I investigated. As you may guess, journaling prompts are short statements intending to provoke thought.
And then I realized, I have a journal like this.
About four years ago, a friend of mine gifted me with a five-year Q & A Journal.
Each date had a question or statement intended to provoke a memory for each year, allowing you to see where you were last year or the year before and how things have changed over the years.
It’s been an awesome thing for me; I started at the end of 2014, so I’m on year four!
Why I AM JOURNALING:
I love the idea of journal prompts, because although I don’t believe in writer’s’ block, I’ve experienced too many moments in my life where I’ve needed or wanted to write, and the magic of the flowy cathartic stream stuff I mentioned above is nowhere to be found.
I’ll say, however, that I am quite often fueled to write when I experience anger or happiness or any intense emotion.
I’m not pleased to admit that most recently, it’s been anger; and I’m seeing the positive in that because that anger prodded me to find goodness to replace it.
That being said, here we are! 🙂
This list is not mine, I found it online – Journal Prompts to Let Go
When You Felt Triggered
How You Think It Should Have Been Resolved
Why You Find It Hard To Let Go
I copied the list into my journal to use when I needed it. It sat in there for a while before I used it, but I determined a way to use it along with my gratitude practice.
Interrupt anxiety with gratitude.
Gratitude is an instant remedy to illusions of lack.
*You can “rewire” your brain to be happy by simply recalling three things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days3*
Gratitude is a superpower.
When I was faced with the realization of my own self-entitlement (You can read that post here), gratitude slapped me in the face and refused to be ignored. Once I began to acknowledge the things in my life that I am thankful for, my self-entitlement began to wane. With every selfish thought, I forced myself to remember the goodness.
I AM GRATEFUL:
When ranting furiously in my journal about a topic that has upset me, not only am I using that list, but I am also interrupting my negative emotions with gratitude, IN ALL CAPS, so as to stand out when I’m re-reading my journal.
Dear Diary, today, this bad thing happened. It was so so bad, I hated it, I was so angry and hurt BUT I HAVE A SOLID SUPPORT GROUP TO HELP COACH ME THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE THING. I AM NOT ALONE.
And then I get annoyed with gratitude, and my angry, self-entitled ego rears its head again, thinking:
Why does this happen to me? Do I deserve it? I’m a good person. I can’t believe I have to deal with this sort of bad thing. BAD THINGS HAPPEN, IT’S PART OF LIFE. I’M THANKFUL THAT I’M ALIVE TEMPORARILY AND THAT IS AWESOME. …
and then I think a little more.
Am I still angry? What am I angry about? Is it anger or pain or grief or frustration or fear? Right now, in this moment, I HAVE WHAT I NEED and even though I may not want to admit it, I HAVE MORE THAN WHAT I NEED. so let me work with that. MY LIFE IS GOOD BECAUSE…..
Why is your life good?
Don’t just list random things you’re thankful for. Be specific. What are you thankful for in this moment right now?
Whether things are good or bad, you will never lack sources for gratitude; albeit you may need to think hard and long, I know that you will come up with something.
Use this superpower.
Gratitude forces you to be aware of the present moment.
Bio: I’m learning to use my empathic gifts to grow in a beautiful way allowing me to comprehend how to use this incredible responsibility that I’ve been given. By practicing mindfulness, empathy, and gratitude, I am a modern-day superhero.
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