Gratitude: Appreciate What Is

I’ve just spent some time reading other people’s blogs and I can feel their passion overflowing from them. I wanted to start writing about how to cope with anxiety but I was really drawn to the idea of writing about what I am thankful for.

Maybe I’m drawn to the idea of writing about gratitude as it is a sure fire way for anyone to start overcoming anxiety. When I think about what causes me anxiety, I’ve noticed the number one offender is myself. I’ll be sitting in the car or having a shower and the feeling of absolute dread will fill my core as I’m overwhelmed by a memory of me doing something ‘wrong’ in the past.

How can something that doesn’t exist in this moment of time cause so much confliction? It’s because I haven’t let go. My mind will transport me into the state of being I felt on the day I realised I did something wrong. I still carry around feelings of guilt and shame. My past has a grip on my presence so strong that it’ll forcibly rip me from stillness to gut wrenching disruption.

When I experience moments like this I’ll give myself reasons to why I shouldn’t feel bad and soon the anxiety subsides. However, if it just comes back again and again, I haven’t really dealt with it. I’ve realised I could have made a Top Five Ways to Handle Anxiety but it isn’t reality. Anxiety comes out of nowhere and your response has to be immediate, you won’t have time to remember the five different ways to handle it.

So I need to remind myself of what helps me lead a centred state of being. This post is more personal as it is a declaration, but I wish the world to join me in their gratitude!

First and foremost, I'm so thankful for my family, 
I love you all individually but without my Mother, 
my guiding light, I don't know how I would have handled how painful life can be. 
My friends, who have been with me since we were teenagers, I'm glad life paired us together. 
I love that we can share life and all the craziest adventures with each other. 
I'm grateful for my fit bill of health and the ability to travel to anywhere I want with relative ease. 
To Planet Earth for allowing us marvel at the beauty of nature and to co-exist with other species. 
I'm thankful to the mysteries of the Universe which keeps us wondering about the deeper questions of why we are here. 
Finally, to all of the humans out there. Thank you for being you! 
The world becomes a better place when a person declares who they are. 
For those who don't know yet, each day is a blessing and is a chance to discover who you are.  

My past experiences pale in comparison to everything I have to be grateful for. I don’t know if I can stop my mind going back to these moments, but I can remind myself in those moments of everything I have, rather than what I don’t.

“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” 

Remember to take 5-10 minutes a day focusing on your breath and watching what comes to mind. Get back into nature, go reconnect with loved ones or even take time to create new bonds.

I guess you’ve probably realised I am grateful for you reading this post! Take some time to remember what you’re grateful for 🙂

Sending peace and love through the 4th dimension!

ADR – One Human

2 thoughts on “Gratitude: Appreciate What Is

  1. Yes, gratitude is key to appreciating the now. I’ve actually got a Gratitude Journal which I write in every night before I go to bed. I’ve had one for the past eight years and it feels like my best friend. Here’s to being thankful for all we have and are. 🙏


  2. In the weird wonderfulness that is WordPress, you post popped up at the end of mine as a suggested read: I loved it.

    These lines: “My past has a grip on my presence so strong that it’ll forcibly rip me from stillness to gut wrenching disruption” – I felt the recognition in my bones. You’ve described it perfectly.


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