Gratitude ~ The “All-Purpose” Underutilized Superpower!

by Alexandra Lowry

As people gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday, thoughts and rituals of sharing turn to things and people to be thankful for. This may be the only time during the year when many people take a lengthy pause to reflect purposefully with gratitude.

Most people reach for the all-healing emotion of gratitude only when tested; when they make it through a fiery challenge, attain a lofty goal or when observing someone or something they love. But there are many other ways that gratitude can be called upon to elevate and empower life.

The energy of gratitude is the underutilized superpower that diminishes and shifts negative energy forces…worry, regrets, judgments, criticism, self-loathing, facing down fear, destructive emotions, physical ailments and so on. Gratitude is the “all purpose” tonic that can be applied to any challenging situation. It’s the equalizer, stabilizer, antidote and doorway to restoring inner peace.

This superpower is available at any given moment and for any situation!

Start using gratitude toward little things such as frustration with traffic or begin to apply it to any frequent trigger issues. To use the energy of gratitude, simply take a pause, take a breath, and turn the focus toward something or someone to be grateful for. Breathe that in as many times as needed to dissolve whatever negativity is rushing through the mind or body. Sometimes gratitude is found in something simple, such as the memory of a delicious cup of coffee from earlier in the day, a car that is reliable or the fact that the sun is shining...whatever it is, just reflect and breathe in gratitude. Keep breathing that in and yield to the superpower of gratitude to experience the healing shift. It can be the cure for any and all grievances, pain and conflict, both inner and outer that pop up in daily life.

Alexandra Lowry is a Certified Integrative Life Coach and owner of The Wisdom Alliance. For more information or to schedule a public speaking engagement, call 860-559-1264 or visit



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