Originally Posted by Love
I still don't understand how to be grateful for something bad.
First of all, "bad" is a relative description. It is the meaning you give to something based on your perspective. What is bad right now, might not look so bad later on...
For me, L2 gratitude means that no matter what shows up, it is what I need to move onto the next step in the process of growth. The relative 'good's and 'bad's are judgments based on what I know at a particular moment along the path, but ultimately what shows up is perfect when viewed from the highest global level (which would require seeing the unfoldment of all the events in the past, present and future).
Ultimately, gratitude is the transcendence from the duality of 'good/bad' to the singularity of the understanding that both are required to experience either. The push and pull of what we label as 'good' and 'bad' is what gives us the thrust to move forward.
If you take this one step further with S/R, what shows up is what you need to experience the beliefs you are holding. If you are in control of your beliefs, then gratitude becomes even easier. At this point, gratitude is the same as acceptance. The acceptance and gratitude that what shows up is exactly what you need to see the animation of your beliefs as your reality.