We all learn the importance of gratitude. It feels good to be grateful. We know that being grateful means we feel abundant and therefore can increase abundance in our lives. Many, if not most of us, recognize that a gratitude practice is a good thing to do.
Is it enough?
Why Ask If Gratitude Is Enough?
Safety or the lack of it is one of the most common topics of conversation in the human race. It is common, especially if you are sensitive, to feel unsafe because we live in dangerous times. If you are marginalized in some way due to gender or race, you can feel even more unsafe than others. All of this leads to a sense of precariousness about our person and even a feeling of dread about what we may encounter during the day. These fear feelings are hard to live with and reduce our feelings of gratitude.
I personally believe that gratitude is best as a spontaneous response to our beautiful world and all of the wonderful people in it. The drama and negativity are big detractions from that natural feeling of gratitude. Drama reduces our ability to manifest what we want and need since it usually puts us in a place of fear. If we are coerced into gratitude, we then acquire resentment about it especially if we are being treated poorly.
Since fear and/or coercion are such common experiences, what is our gratitude about? Although gratitude can be just what it is, it can also be used as an antidote to reduce or quell our fears or pain. Gratitude can be a feeling or energetic shift that moves our energy in a different direction and that is not entirely a good thing if we are forcing it. If our gratitude practice is only about combatting fear, however, we are probably missing out.
Can We Do Better?
I personally have seen gratitude used coercively and it is unfortunate because I believe our natural tendency is to be spontaneously grateful. If we have too many negative experiences then our gratitude may feel tainted. We do not have to live with this arrangement.
The easiest way to remove the fears, resentments and toxic obligations that taint our gratitude is through quantum healing which releases that which is not healthy or helpful When we do that our appreciation for the good in ourselves, others, and life flow freely and naturally and that is how it is meant to be.