Gratitude is a truly amazing virtue to practise. We all have experienced how practising gratitude uplifts us, increases good feeling. Generally we practise gratitude for the things we are happy about. What would it be like to be grateful for everything that happens, for all the experiences we have – the ones that we would describe as good as well as those we would describe as bad?
The first step is to realise that everything is teaching us exactly what we need to learn now. Everything is a lesson, challenge, opportunity. Why do we need these lessons? We need them to show us what needs clearing and healing in us; to bring us back on track – we get off track and caught in negativity, in fear and limitation; to help us to discover truth and discern what is illusion and false; to bring us back to the love we are longing for in our deepest selves.
So, for example, every physical symptom is teaching me something important – it’s telling me something I need to listen to. Our immediate reaction is to get rid of it. Instead we need to listen and learn from it what needs adjusting in my whole self – spiritually, psychologically and physically.
There is such a fear of cancer. We need to turn this around. So many people have grown so much and been so enriched through their experience of illness. It’s a journey. Look at what Bernadette Bohan did and how she turned her life around as a result of her experience with cancer. And there are so many who would say they found themselves and learned to live a much fuller and richer life as a result of illness challenges.
Physical health challenges are like any other challenge – they are teaching us exactly what we need to learn.
Cancer, generally, is telling us how we are creating this kind of energy through all the negativity and fear we put out and hold in our energy fields. We are all doing it – not just those who have this physical health challenge. So change our thoughts, change our emotions.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha
Don’t use this understanding to increase fear. Choose to learn and grow – to observe your thoughts and choose the thoughts you want to have and those you want to delete. When you get upset focus on what in you needs healing and clearing – not on what has happened. Focus always on changing you and your attitude. Choose gratitude and the attitude that all you are learning will bring you to the love that you long for.