This may sound like a bad thing, to be grateful for going through grief, but it can actually be a very healing experience.
I am thankful for the journey of grief I went through when my mother passed away from cancer. I wrestled with many emotions, and cried uncontrollably for many long nights.
It was not easy because it took about a year to come to terms with the fact that my mother has passed on. Once I accepted this, the real healing began, when my sleepless nights of sobbing, turned into thinking of the good memories we shared and how she was always there for me in her own wonderful way. This made me feel a whole lot better, but what helped most of all, was the fact that she was in a better place and no longer had to suffer.
I talked to my family about her and learned many things about my mother I have in common with her, apparently, we have the very same laugh and like to talk long walks for relaxation. We both like to read, cook, bake and just enjoy life as it is meant to be.
Having gone through sadness, denial, anger, acceptance and finally healing, I found out that something beautiful come come out of even the worst of things if you take the time to feel your emotions and heal from them.
The feeling of healing from your hurting emotions is such an awesome feeling, but it does not come easy, you have to be willing to work on your emotions and work on them until you feel lifted from your pain.
A grateful heart starts with being thankful for all the many blessings (big or very small) you have in your life, as well as the ones yet to come.
It means to stay in a place of inner calm and content with your life as it is and to appreciate everyone and everything around you each and every day.
A grateful heart is also about having the courage to keep moving forward in your struggling journey in order to learn something at the end of it. Whether it be that your have gained more peace about things or that you need to cut out some things in your life that don’t have a place in it. The lessons that you may learn at the end of your struggles come in all shapes and sizes because every experience and every person can be your teacher, you just have to be willing to learn.
Gratitude is a step in the right direction towards real happiness and joy. To wake up early every day, with a smile on your face, greeting it with vibrant thankful energy and excitement to start your day. For every day, has so many wonderful moments that could take your breath away and leave you in a breathless state of awe.
I believe this kind of being can only happen when you just allow your self to be present. A grateful heart is looking and seeing with your heart (unconditionally) and to cultivate pure bliss to everyone you connect with, so that they may have a blessed day, too.
One last thing about having a grateful heart is that, a grateful heart does not rush through life as if it is a race, but it slows down to be present in each moment, without judging it and to accept it for what it is.
A life with a grateful heart is a life full of experiences and real happiness.