What On Earth is Unconditional Gratitude?
Unconditional gratitude is about experiencing a state of appreciation regardless of conditions in your life. It is a heightened state of thankfulness, joy and sometimes euphoria that is experienced regardless of external validation. In fact I believe seeking external validation to be a distraction keeping people from their own limitless powers.
Why Unconditional Gratitude?
How is having unconditional gratitude going to change my circumstances for the better? If my life still sucks, or I have had an unfair deal, what would be the point of being grateful? Aren’t I just fooling myself? How will that help me get rich, meet someone special or live the life I want?
Unconditional gratitude is not about dismissing your circumstances, or pretending they don’t exist. It’s more like experiencing yourself in a different way. People already do this when they watch a good movie, eat food, or engage in pleasurable activities. They often don’t know the reason they are doing it other than they enjoy it. The good news is you can experience a heightened sense of reality be experiencing unconditional gratitude without the consequences of spending money or gaining weight.
Imagine being able to feeling of joy and pleasure which comes from feeling gratitude any time any where!
A Bizarre Exercise I Do to Generate Unconditional Gratitude
Before I explain the exercise, I found a couple ways I like to think about a relationship with Gratitude. These are just my views and you can share them or think about them differently if you wish:
- Viewing Gratitude as an infinite source of flowing spiritual energy like a river from which you can draw from whenever you want to.OR
- A mental conditioning exercise that creates new neural pathways to better feelings. Much like building muscle or learning a new skill the more you practice the more automatic natural it becomes.
My Favorite Technique
The first thing I like to do is find some quiet time, or find a place where I like to focus. I like to keep my mind distraction free so that I can really get into this exercise.
Then what I like to do is take a couple of deep breaths, and really concentrate on the feeling of gratitude. I don’t necessarily focus on any particular external thing which I am grateful for but if it helps getting the feelings flowing than I’ll go with it.
Now once I find the feeling of gratitude, I simply acknowledge it. It doesn’t matter if it’s brief. I could experience that feeling for half second but to me that’s enough to know I have connected. The next step is, repeat, repeat and repeat. What I like to is write the word “gratitude” on a piece of lined paper, and every time I get that feeling, I add a check mark until I have completed one line. Than I will write the word on another line and began again.
Sometimes this exercise can be challenging because I am either focusing too hard, or other thoughts and emotions are distracting me. If it gets to the point where I can’t focus anymore, I usually stop the exercise for about a minute to reset myself. It’s my version of catching my breath when doing a physical workout. Usually just a minute break will get me flowing again.
I usually do this for about 30 minutes to an hour every morning. Once I get going with this exercise I find it very enjoyable. It feels like a game where my goal is to see if I can fill that page with check marks. I haven’t timed it but I usually fill half a page with gratitude every morning. Some days this exercise gets me so high, I can’t even describe what it’s like. On those days I manage to fill 2 or 3 pages.
Now when I stated I don’t usually choose to focus on any external thing, my reason for this is because sometimes I may not really feel a lot gratitude for any given thing. It’s not for lack of trying, but sometimes feelings of negative emotion can override. To me focusing purely on the essence of gratitude rather than an object often gets me there REALLY fast.
My Experiences Beyond Expectations
I find when I do this exercise regularly I start naturally flowing with gratitude and the world seems to reward me with more things to feel grateful for. I make friends much more easily, I am calmer, more productive, more fun, confidence and often feel like I’m on top of the world. I have a greater sense of empathy, love and appreciation for everything in my life in general. Surprisingly I have an unforced appreciation for the not-so-nice aspects of life as well. Everything feels more purposeful and alive!
Will Life Still Be The Same With Gratitude!
For one thing, gratitude makes me more aware and appreciative of what I have going for me. It makes me notice what I already have in new ways so much so that sometimes it’s like experiencing them for the first time. So that alone makes unconditional gratitude a worthy endeavor.
But it goes well beyond that. Whether you believe in Law Of Attraction or not there is a cause and effect that happens when you feel appreciative. You become a kind of beacon that people and opportunities respond positively to. You being unconditionally grateful will be naturally more receptive to the limitless abundance in the world.
What is Your Intention?
I don’t try to feel grateful for the sake of attracting more good things. That is more of a side effect as a result of feeling alive.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Words!
I personally prefer gratitude because to me it’s closer to LOVE but without the connotations associated with love.
In fact I have about 60 simple words which I train on regularly.
Able, Abundance, Acceptance, Appreciation, Calm, Centered, Love, Skill, Power, Wisdom, ETC.
Simple though these words are, they have the ability to conjure very powerful emotions.