I talk a lot about the energy we give out everyday is the energy that comes back to us, something I’m putting more thought into myself these days, keeping positive energy in my home, including watching the types of conversations that are started. Even just saying something negative about someone, or talking about something you “hate” can lead you down a path of negativity, something as small and simple as that can open the door, it’s a a slippery slope, and we don’t even notice we’ve started a negative chain of events that can eventually lead us down a dark path.
When we live in the light, things seem to go our way, they run smoother, we appreciate what we have and who we have in our lives, and we tend to find the good in the world around us, but sometimes, maybe because we’ve started that negative chain of events, or, we’re just tired, run-down or stressed out, we start to slide off that path of light, we may not even notice at first but just feel irritated or frustrated with our day-to-day life, it’s during those times we should look at what is really going on, and, ground ourselves in gratitude. Darkness can’t live in gratitude, and gratitude takes us outside of ourselves and puts our focus on the good around us.
When I first stepped on this path it was suggested to that I write down a gratitude list and carrying it my pocket. When I started this journey I was far feeling grateful, I was in the darkest place I had ever been, and it seemed impossible for me to turn my dark thoughts around, I knew they were killing me, but I had nestled into them like warm blanket, but just the act of writing down something positive, even if I could only think of one thing, was enough to let in some light, and, for a brief moment, shed those dark thoughts. Finding some gratitude in the dark can be really challenging, the last thing we want to think about is what we’re grateful for, and our minds will tell us there isn’t anything to be grateful for, but there always is, and finding that one thing, or more, if you can, will bring the light back in. For me, at the beginning, I had to keep reminding myself, I had to keep that piece of paper in my pocket and I had to keep looking at it, sometimes I needed to say it out loud, almost to drive away the darkness with my positive words, but it worked, and the more I did it, the longer that list of gratitude got. It changed the direction of my thinking.
Today I have so many things I am grateful for. I do live in a place of gratitude today, but, even after all these years on this path, practicing this way of life, I still can have dark days, and I have to remind myself to find the gratitude in my life, and even though I know that is the solution, and the very much part of the foundation I have built for my life in the light, my head will sometimes fight against it and tell me there isn’t anything to be grateful for, and I have to practice contrary action and get out a piece of paper and start writing, and during the act of getting those things down on paper I can already feel the light starting to come on.
To stay in the light we need to be self-aware and spot check we’re we are in our lives. Are we in a good place, or are we sliding back down to the darkness? It’s important to have techniques and positive practices to fall back on when we feel that slide to get ourselves back on our foundation. We all have things to be grateful for, even if all you have is that you read these words today and know that you are not alone. SLAY on!
SLAY OF THE DAY: Do you notice when you start sliding into the darkness? What tips you off? What do you do about it? Do you focus on positive things? Things you are grateful for? What are you grateful for right now SLAYER? Even when things seem dark, what can you always be grateful for? Use your gratitude to anchor you down, to keep you in the light and to invite positive energy into your life, if you feel that slipping away, you know it’s time to double-down on your gratitude and let that light back in.
S – self L – love A – appreciate Y – you