I have a superpower. In fact, we all have this secret superpower. Do you want to know what is is?
I recently did a guided meditation, and our guide said afterwards that gratitude is our superpower. I think she’s right.
At the end of our meditation, she guided us focus on one thing we felt gratitude for, any one thing. After a period of time, she told us to focus on one more thing in our lives we felt gratitude for, and then after that, yet one more thing.
Later she explained how gratitude is a powerful tool for when you are feeling sad, doubt, or depressed. The idea being that when you are at a low point and not feeling great, you think of one thing you feel grateful for and it will help shift your mood. It’s sounds simple, and I understand when you are in that sad place, it might be hard to think of something but I believe you can.
Earlier that day before the guided meditation, I submitted my first story for publication. After I sent it, I had so many doubts and fears. I started to feel down and the cha-cha started: Oh my god, what did I just do? I’m not a writer. Who do I think I am? They’ll never accept it. What was I thinking? It’s a piece of crap. They’ll laugh at me and say, “And she thought she could write? Ha!” They’ll probably pass it around the office as an example of bad writing. My story sucks. I’m an idiot. What ever made me think I could write? There are so many great writers out there. I suck . . . and so on. You get the drift.
I went to the meditation and did the gratitude part at the end. My three things I was grateful for were:
- I’m grateful that I have two functioning legs and two functioning arms and can walk around the city when I need to.
- I’m grateful for the home I bought on my very own. I am grateful for having shelter and a place to live.
- I’m grateful for the work I’ve had this past year.
And it worked. I walked out of that meditation feeling lighter and feeling grateful that I took a step toward publication. It doesn’t matter if I think it’s good or bad or if they reject it—I wrote something and I pressed the send button. To me, that was an achievement.
No matter how bad it gets or how much cha-cha starts up, remember you have a superpower that you can use in an instant: Gratitude.
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