The Scientific Reason to Have a Gratitude Practice

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Sometimes when I’m having dinner with my parents, I try to bring up really weird topics in the most low-key way possible.

I don’t know if this is out of pure entertainment, or genuine curiosity about their opinions. Maybe both.

Want to know how to jazz up the conversation over an anniversary dinner? Casually throw quantum physics on the table and see what happens.

Try telling your parents with a straight face that you’ve been reading about how our thoughts and feelings create our realities, so if we want to change something we have to create a new electromagnetic signature.

Could probably have left out the electromagnetic signature part, on second thought. The second my mom made a comment and I told her she was thinking “very Newtonian” I was a dead man walking the plank.

The part they could get down with though, I think, was the gratitude bit.

I’ve been reading Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza, and it’s packed with science and physics and a whole bunch of good stuff.

And one thing that really stood out to me in the first chapter – the thing my parents could jive with – was about gratitude.

We hear a lot about the power of gratitude right? We’re constantly being told to be grateful, but no one really ever talks about why. It’s just something we should do.

We’ve also been conditioned to believe that we need a specific reason to feel joy and gratitude. That gratitude is a reaction to something that has already happened or something we already have. So when you sit down to journal about what you’re grateful for, or go around the table at Thanksgiving telling everyone what you’re thankful for, these are all things in the past or present moment.

How often do you feel grateful for what you want in the future, though?

Probably never, right?

If we want to be ~ quantum creators ~ meaning, we actually cause an effect, and create what we want with our thoughts, instead of reacting to an external environment, we have to feel gratitude now, as if it’s our reality already.

When’s the last time you thought about something you’re really grateful for that doesn’t even exist yet in your physical world?

Ooooo baby. If there was a line into the woo vortex we definitely just crossed over it, eh?

But listen, this doesn’t have to be crazy.

All you have to do is start being grateful for the stuff you want to see in your life, even if it hasn’t arrived yet. It’s that simple.

Even if you don’t know how something you want is going to happen, try to feel grateful for it already.

So for example, say you want an awesome relationship.

Even though you haven’t met someone yet, can you think about what it’s like to feel grateful for that person? Can you think about what it might be like to hang out with them, what you’re feeling when you’re making dinner or watching a movie or drinking a glass of wine on the couch together?

This probably makes you feel pretty good, and that’s the point here. We want those high vibes, because the more positive emotion and feeling behind a thought, the more likely the quantum field is to respond to our requests.

That just got weird, I know.

But here’s the bottom line.

If you can feel gratitude for what you want, even when you don’t already have it, as if it’s already your reality, you are taking conscious steps toward receiving that very outcome.

When you’re in a state of gratitude, and truly feel as though whatever you want is already in your reality in the current moment, you send a signal to your body (which only understands feelings) that it’s happening to you now.

This is more than just journaling about three things you’re grateful for every day. That’s a wonderful practice, don’t get me wrong. But this is actually a scientific process we’re talking about, which is wild. Not your 7th grade physics amiright? 

If you really want to make some changes in your life and manifest some groovy stuff, start thinking about how it would make you feel. Not just thinking about it. Start cultivating some gratitude in the present moment to lay the foundation for what’s to come in your future.

What do you think? Kinda cool? Kinda crazy? Would love to discuss with you, because I didn’t get too far with my parents. And be sure to get your paws on Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, if you want to learn more. 

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