Gratitude is magical. The more we are thankful, the more joy we feel and the more joy we feel, the more present we are. If we just look up and around, outside from our life for a minute, there is so much to appreciate.
No matter what, we always have something to be thankful for!
Even if we are having a rough time in our life, there are gifts in that. Rough times are an opportunity to become more aware of ourselves and to grow from our life situations.
Being grateful is a practice and a good habit to get into.
Every complaint that we have, we could turn around and have gratitude for. For example, “my house is always a wreck and all I do is clean, but my kids are just so messy” or “I am so thankful to have a roof over my head and I’m super thankful my kids are well and having fun with their toys.” This is just an example of how we can turn our complaints into gratitude.
Here are a few ways to show gratitude on a daily basis:
~Step outside, look up and down and all around. Most likely you will see something that pleases your eyes. Use your senses, be quiet and inhale a couple of breaths of gratitude. Take notice of the sounds around you and how the air feels in your nostrils. If you find something that you appreciate, simply say, thank you.
~After a meditation take time to think of things you are thankful for and say thank you. I tend to do a practice where I take 3 breaths and then quickly say 3 things I am thankful for and then take 3 more breaths. (If you do not meditate, you can do the 3 breaths practice)
~Have a gratitude journal in your house. I use this as a great dinner activity with my family. We share what we are grateful for then take the time to write it down. There is something powerful about writing things down!
~Grab a big jar, call it your gratitude jar and whenever you are thankful for something, take a piece of paper and write it down and just stick in the jar. Pretty cool to look at a year later.
~At night as you get ready to go to sleep, you can reflect back on the day and just count all the things you are thankful for and simply say, thank you!
We have so much to be thankful for! It is just a matter of slowing down and taking the time to notice. And remember that the more we are grateful, the more joy we have and the more joy we have, the more present we are.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the practice of gratefulness and some things that you are doing to be thankful!
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