When was the last time you felt truly grateful for something? Gratitude is something we often take for granted these days. We say thank you in passing all the time, but how often do we really mean it?
Gratitude goes beyond just merely saying thank you- it is a way of life. It is a practice in not only giving but also in receiving, with the expectation of nothing in return. When we are truly grateful, we can give our energy freely and also be open and receptive to what others have to offer.
There are many benefits to living a life full of gratitude. These include being open to new relationships while strengthening current ones, improved self-esteem and self-confidence, and a better overall mood! Who doesn’t want to live a life that makes us feel better every day?
How You can start Practicing Gratitude
Start a Gratitude Journal
Grab a notebook and start to jot down things you are grateful for. Keep it beside your bed and write down the first thing that pops into your mind when you wake up in the morning. You may even find yourself grateful for more than one thing! And if it’s the same thing as the day before, that’s also okay! There is no right or wrong. You could also do this practice at night, before you go to bed, too. Try to do it every day for a month and notice how it impacts your interactions with the world around you as well as your relationships.
Choose something from your gratitude journal that you wish to focus on or emphasize in your life. Hold that as your intention. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, either seated or lying down. Bring your awareness to your heart space. What does your breath feel like there?
Begin to imagine your gratitude intention as a green glowing ball of light from your heart. Send that green ball of energy throughout your body. Then begin to expand it outside of your body, to fill the room you are in. Let it move outside your home and fill the entire world in until it reaches the sky.
Rest in this space for few quiet moments, then begin to draw that green bubble back into your body, from the sky, into your room, in your body. Allow yourself to receive gratitude. Rest in this spacious awareness.
Disclaimer: Advice provided by this service is general in nature only and is not intended to replace, or take the place of, specific treatment provided by a medical practitioner or psychologist. If you are on any form of medication you should continue to follow the advice of the prescribing practitioner. If you experience any sudden change in mood or symptoms you should consult your usual medical practitioner or psychologist immediately.