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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the book “The Tools” and discuss the fourth tool: The Grateful Flow.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Priming exercise: recall a negative thought or feeling you’ve experienced recently.
  • The Tools” from Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • Tool #4 – The Grateful Flow
  • Higher Force: Gratefulness
  • Used to combat: dark cloud of negativity and our obsessive relationship with negative emotions (e.g. anxiety, judgment, self-hatred, negativity, overwhelm)
  • Parallel with Active Love
  • The challenge: negative emotions are way more gripping.
  • “Positive emotions are like a refined meal and negative emotions are like fast food.”
  • Gratitude as the antidote
  • The concept of Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Why do we engage in negativity and what are the costs?
  • How the Grateful Flow can give us endless energy
  • When to use this tool?
    • Responsively, in the moment
    • Proactively, throughout our days
  • An element of faith – our connection to the Source
  • How do use this tool if you do/do not believe in a higher power?
  • The Universe as a friendly or hostile place
  • Exercise Description – The Grateful Flow (30 seconds)
  • A new perception: your relationship with everything around
  • Gratitude as the “art of becoming a good receiver”
  • The power of attention: the practice amplifying the little moments – Amy Lalla – INFJ/INFP Program
  • Gratitude as a cure to cut through nihilism, cynicism, negativity
  • Giving up control and the possibility of being controlled
  • 4 major benefits of gratitude:
    • Lasting peace of mind.
    • Overcoming feelings of lack, whilst staying motivated to do things.
    • Sense of perspective and the possibility to ‘pay it forward’.
    • The ability to accept success (and deal with failure).
  • Gratitude has the power to free from:
    • Regrets from the past.
    • Self-hatred.
    • Judgment of others.
  • Starting small.
  • A note on personal shares and some context on how Joel and Antonia approach these.

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1 comment

  • Jennifer W.
    • Jennifer W.
    • September 15, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I am just catching up on several of the podcasts I missed over the summer and just finished listening to this one. I am so glad that you have chosen to share this tool and your perspectives on this with the listening community. I particularly loved the distinction you make between experiencing gratitude as an emotion and gratitude as a perception. For me personally, everything in this episode is deeply affirming.

    Years ago, I made an exercise out of writing short, powerful statements about the values I want to live by and Gratitude was one of them. Listening to this podcast today just deepens my belief in the incredibly positive power of Gratitude. Thank you for that. This is what I wrote and what I try to live by:

    “I embrace Gratitude as an essential component of happiness and contentment. I recognize that my existence, being not of my doing, is a profound gift. As such, everything I experience merits my thanks. I practice Gratitude as an antidote to entitlement and hardness. It informs and strengthens the ability to forgive, to release pain and suffering, and it affirms the belief that life, and every being in it, is inherently good.”

    Thank you for the opportunity to share! I am very grateful for the benefit you are putting out into the world.

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