HOW to CREATE a PRACTICE of GRATITUDE.
When you feel you don’t have anything to be thankful for, you should start by just being grateful for your breath. Focus on the good you have, not the lack of it, because whatever gets your attention will increase the energy of gratitude. That’s how joy rises… allow it. Living in gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, and is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.
1. Morning gratitude session –
Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks before your feet touch the floor, to whomever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything, other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. This one act can make a huge difference.
2. Come to Your Senses –
Through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear—we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.
3. Read or listen to something powerful and enlightening every single day –
Some spiritual food for your soul. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.
4. Go Through the Motions-
If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered. Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, and writing letters of gratitude.
5. Give thanks for “negative” things in your life –
There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, or difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative.
6. Make a Vow to Practice Gratitude –
Research shows that making an oath to perform a behavior increases the likelihood that the action will be executed. Therefore, write your own gratitude vow, which could be as simple as “I vow to count my blessings each day,” and post it somewhere where you will be reminded of it every day.
7. Watch your Language –
Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf. Words have power, and when we use them we need be aware of the intention and energy that is associated with words.
8. Keep a Gratitude Journal-
Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.
Remember always to be grateful in your current state; it helps you to remain in your own moment. It helps you to stay in your now which is the only space there really is.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away.” ` unknown
Happy Thanksgiving, today and in every moment. xoxo