“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
-Lao Tzu

life-of-gratitudeWhen times get tough it can be easy to get caught up in our ‘own stuff’ and let time pass without appreciating the lessons that can come from the challenges.

If we continue to have beliefs such as life are hard, work is boring, money is tight, family are crazy… all we continue to manifest for ourselves is more of those exact situations. The Universe delivers whatever you focus on, 10 times over.

When you can stop and truly be grateful for every moment of the day, no matter how challenging or crazy it may be, there is a sense of freedom like no other – a knowingness, strength, a feeling of certainty that fills your heart.

If you are going to commit to the spiritual practice of Gratitude – then do just that. Although the journey can test us at times, we need to make the commitment to being ‘OK’ with exactly where we are, and be grateful for that. The momentum of the force will start to build – if you are consistent.

How can we commit to living in Gratitude?

  1. Keep A Daily Gratitude Journal – Write It Down… “I am grateful for…”
    This is the most effective strategy for increasing your level of gratitude. Set aside a time each night to record several things that you are grateful for that occurred throughout your day. Be consistent with your time that you complete this. You can use a Journal of Gratitude or write on loose-leaf paper or a notebook – it doesn’t matter! The important thing is to establish the daily practice of paying attention to gratitude-inspiring events and to write them down. This allows you to see the meaning of events going on around you – and then to create meaning in your own life.
  2. Choose A Set Time Of The Day For Reflection
    This forms a great habit either first thing in the morning or the last thing you do at night. It sets your intentions to welcome the gratitude in all day and all night.
    This force that you are tapping into is bigger than you and it is bigger than your problem, no matter how big that is. That tide of fear that is overwhelming you is not all there is. There is so much more to you than that.
  3. Stay Present – Check In Through-out The Day
    As you move through your day, schedule in self check-in moments. Look into your cup of tea, eat your lunch a little slower, smile at a stranger – and as you do it think about how grateful you are for that present moment. Moving through the day with self-awareness keeps you in a calmer state, and able to enjoy whatever part of the journey you are on right now. You will be amazed at what you can do for others in sharing this practice as well.
  4. Get A Gratitude Buddy
    Partner up with someone who can keep you accountable – and you to them. Keep each other going with a sense of obligation, someone to report to when things are feeling challenging. This is a huge help in the beginning of Gratitude practice. With double the focus watch your lists build and build!
  5. Allow Yourself To Be Human
    Every now and then we can be tested, or slip into resistance mode. Have a grumble if you must – But continue to write your list on a daily basis. If you get stuck and can’t think of anything, just be grateful that you are writing your list.

The growth and fulfilment this way of life brings is priceless… and just around the corner for you.

Namaste
Emily


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