Fifty Trillion Reasons To Be Grateful

With so much chaos going on in the world right now, having an attitude of gratitude may seem like an impossible thing to achieve. But an attitude of gratitude goes a long way in physical and emotional healing, something we could all benefit from right now to help get us through these challenging times. 

Emotional Reactions

“Scientists have repeatedly confirmed that our emotional reactions show up in brain activity before we even have time to think. We evaluate everything emotionally as we perceive it. We think about it afterwards”

Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution

Wherever our focus is, that’s where our energy is. And we get to decide where to place our energy. When we overly focus on the news and get caught up in social media’s negative reporting of all the chaos and fear going on in the world around us, then we risk becoming emotionally overwhelmed. This lowers our energy vibration and negatively impacts our health and well-being.

The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.”

Dr. Bruce H. Lipton

However, when we take our awareness to a positive emotion, such as gratitude, then we raise our energy vibration. The higher the frequency, the lighter our energy; this gives meaning to the phrase’ rise above it’. As a result, we have greater clarity of mind, we have shifts in our perceptions. We’re better able to process our emotions. We’re more likely to deal with stress or whatever challenge we face with a calmer response rather than an emotional over-reaction. We’re better able to move on and deal with change. And the best way to do this is to foster an attitude of gratitude.

Blocking How We Feel

A block is a block, while it blocks out the darkness it also blocks the light.

When the world is in chaos, some of us tend to block our feelings or shut our hearts down as a way of coping with the pain and suffering we see in the world. Yet, what the world needs now is more care and compassion, which requires an open heart.

According to the HeartMath Institute in America, the heart sets the tone for the rest of the body. And, while our emotional reactions show up in the brain before we’ve had time to think, we can quickly shift our energy frequency by focusing on a positive emotion such as gratitude; its higher frequency instantly raises our vibration and rewrites the chemistry of our body. When we can feel an intense sense of gratitude, then we can open our hearts in unconditional love. This is what the world needs more of right now, open hearts of great compassion, care and unconditional love. 

Reasons To Be Grateful

The easiest way I have found to humble myself back into a state of peaceful grace is through the act of gratitude. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

According to neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, we have fifty trillion reasons to be grateful in life, and these reasons come in the form of the cells that make us the wonderful human beings that we are. And she should know, both as a scientist but also as a person who has recovered from a stroke.

Referring to cells as molecular geniuses, Dr. Bolte Taylor is so grateful that hers are alive and working, and she wants to keep them that way. It helps to have a peaceful inner state as it supports the body’s health and well-being. And she finds the easiest way to access this peaceful state is through fostering an attitude of gratitude.

Love-Fest of Gratitude

“Most of us think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, but we are actually feeling creatures that think.”

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

How we feel on the inside will determine how we feel in relation to the world around us. When we feel loved and cared for, we thrive. When we feel safe and secure we’re better equipped to deal with life’s challenges. When we’re happy we’re more resilient in life. Therefore, how we feel is important, and we should take responsibility for that because how we feel will influence how we think and, in turn, influence how we behave and so on.

Love-Fest With 50 Trillion Cells

Finding ways to feel loved and cared for will support us in our healings. In her book, My Stroke Of Insight, Dr. Bolte Taylor explains that she is on a constant ‘love-fest’ with the fifty trillion cells that make up her body. She does this by:

  • Acknowledging her cells as being alive. She sees them as molecular geniuses working together to make her whole and complete. 
  • Thanking her cells for constantly working on her behalf. In the morning, she thanks them for the day ahead. At night, she thanks them for the day just spent. She does this with an open heart and an intense feeling of gratitude, expressed in the form of unconditional self-love. 
  • Asking her cells to heal. Trusting in her cells genius and healing potential. 
  • Visualising her immune cells responding. Witnessing the geniuses at work and the miracles they perform. 
  • Then, throughout the day, every day, she spontaneously acknowledges her cells at work. Gratefully and enthusiastically, she cheers them on, encouraging them to be the molecular geniuses she knows them to be. 

Self-Care And Self-Compassion

We are delicately fine-tuned for life and living.

It would be good if we were to take a leaf out of Dr. Bolte Taylor’s book and find a way of having a love-fest with our molecular geniuses. When we have a love-fest with fifty trillion cells, it becomes the most extraordinary form of self-care and self-compassion. We can achieve this through the power of our voice to make positive and specific affirmations, and we can also direct our energy onto our cellular activity with powerful intention.

According to quantum physics, a particle vibrating from our sound when we speak can affect a molecule inside a star at the edge of the universe instantly.

Our cells are constantly carrying out little miracles throughout the day. We shed between 150,000 to 300,000 cells per second, and we renew similar numbers. When we’re in a self-love-fest, our new cells are created in the higher energy frequency of gratitude, love, affection, and praise; this is where we rewrite our body’s chemistry.


“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thornton Wilder

Affirmations, visualisation, imagineering, inner focus and awareness are some of the many tried and tested ancient spiritual practices known to help raise our vibration. Based on Dr. Bolte Taylor’s ‘love-fest’ I’ve put together some affirmations to help you get in the ‘zone’, or you may wish to write your own affirmations.

I propose the affirmations are stated out loud with hands placed gently on the heart centre, as wherever our touch is that’s where our focus is. Doing this with eyes closed helps signal to the body that it’s safe to take your awareness inwards onto the heart centre. Then, directing your focus inwards onto your cells, state aloud:

I acknowledge my cells and the intelligent life force energy that is me.

I thank you, cells, for everything you do for me, and I unconditionally love all of you.

I ask that you work in harmony to support and heal my body, and I am grateful for your healing support.

I gratefully open my heart to receiving your healing light.

I witness the miracles you perform in support of me, and I am grateful for my healthy immune system.

I am in awe of the molecular geniuses you are and am amazed and grateful for the work you constantly do on my behalf.  

I am so pleased that you are continuously fine-tuning me. I am so grateful for this.

I am grateful for all that you do in support of me. 

Thank you. I will always love and cherish you.