Gratitude for life. Our most powerful tool for self growth
When you think about it, being grateful for your life is a bit of a weird concept. How can you possibly feel that feeling of gratitude when you have not experienced anything else? I mean sure you can compare yourself to those who have it harder than you, but this isn’t the type of gratitude i’m talking about. I’m talking about the act of being grateful to simply be alive.
To me, gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions we as humans can experience, especially when we are talking about self growth. You see, when you are feeling grateful to be in a certain situation, it is next to impossible to match with low vibrational acts such as being rude. Rather, it is so easy to be happy, optimistic, and compassionate. In my experience, it is easy to be thankful for the things not everyone has, like a job I love, a roof over my head, and enough resources to do the things I want to do! With all that being said, in the past when I was put in a situation that I wasn’t grateful for, my energy and personality would reflect that instead of seeing all the things around me that I am still blessed with in that moment. That’s why I think the ability to be grateful to simply be alive is so special as it makes it so easy to be the best version of ourselves!
I’m sure everyone here who is familiar with the mushroom experience can relate when I say that feeling is absolutely indescribable with words and really makes you realize how lucky we are to be on this earth another day! I guess the point of this blog post is to tune into that feeling and figure out how we can bring it back with us into our everyday lives.
I think in order to encompass this energy we have to peel back the layers and shift ourselves into the being that would indeed feel this way. By this I mean we need to ask ourselves “what would someone who is grateful to be alive do”! With this, the first thing that comes to my mind, and the one that took me so much closer to this, was taking care of myself. If you aren’t taking care of yourself in all aspects, how could you possibly be grateful for your life. To make this easier for myself, I like to split my being into three categories, my body, spirit, and mind.
On my journey I found that taking care of my body and spirit indirectly healed my mind. As someone who used to deal with chronic anxiety, eating healthy and exercising, combined with daily breathwork and meditation almost completely healed me. My theory is that my mind was only struggling because I wasn’t fully taking care of my body and spirit. And once I did, my energy levels went through the roof, and harnessing it allowed me to overcome my limiting beliefs.
Healing myself definitely allowed me to see better the struggles in other people for what they truly were.If someone is purposely hurtful to me, I can now relate and see that they aren’t actually trying to hurt me, but it is something else going on in their lives that are making them act this way. With this, I have been feeling so much compassion for those people and instead of defending myself or firing back, I do my best to send back love because that is what they are truly in need of. Mushrooms are something that can sometimes make us feel like we are wiser or more evolved than others, I like to call it a psychedelic ego, but, it’s so important to make the shift from that into compassion, as that is what the medicine is really trying to teach us.
At the end of the day I think it’s almost impossible to experience the same levels of emotions that we can on mushrooms under everyday circumstances, however, I think it’s really important to do our best to try and bring them back. Taking care of ourselves in all aspects is the first step, but after that, I think it becomes a lot more personal. While I haven’t been able just yet to bring back the entirety of these emotions into my life, each time I take the substance I push myself to get closer and closer. It’s important to remember that there is always another lesson or challenge at the forefront of our being, so to expect perfection is not realistic or even possible, but hey, it’s a good place to set our markers.
Mush love, Westcoast team 🍄