Gratifying Gratitude…

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I see through my Facebook Friends’ posts that there is a movement going on during November to get on the Gratitude bandwagon… people are posting daily posts on what they are grateful for… what a GREAT idea!  Imagine what it would be like to have everyone you are surrounded by to be in a mode of gratitude vs. in anger, upset or victim mode…

I have previously mentioned how it amazes me when I am working through something in my mind (e.g. a blog post topic,  a work situation,  a relationship with a family member etc.), things show up for me that help me sort through my thoughts and aid me in taking the action needed to move forward on whatever it is I am working on.  Well it happened again bright and early this morning…

As I had a very UNrestful night and was wide awake at 4:30 am with a sinus headache and stuffiness,  I wasn’t feeling all that grateful… until I got out of bed, went out into my living room and turned on my computer.  The first email I opened up was the following:

Mentors Channel, in collaboration with award winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg has created a one-of-a-kind meditation series entitled, 21 Days of Gratitude.  To further enhance your experience, we have invited 21 renowned thought leaders to share their personal insights into gratitude as well.

I opened the link and proceeded to watch the most amazing footage of beauty as someone with an incredible voice shared thoughts on how to look at each day with gratitude.  Truly beautiful and thought inspiring…

As I am putting the finishing touches on a Women’s Circle program I am leading tomorrow night,  it strikes me once again how things come into my life when I am focused on a particular intention.  My Women’s Circle program speaks to how we can increase our happiness with Gratitude as it is one of the top five strengths found to be related to be happy (or fulfilled if that is a better term for you).  I am excited that I can share the 21 Days of Gratitude series with them as a tool they may want to tap into during this month of giving thanks.

A few simple ways we can increase our strength of Gratitude:

  1. Keep a journal at your bedside and write down one or two things you are grateful for each evening before you go to sleep.  Our subconscious mind is at its’ highest level while we are sleeping so our positive (gratitude) thoughts will get cemented into our subconscious and help us create the habit of being grateful.
  2. Take a walk and really open your eyes to the beauty of nature.  See the colors of the leaves on the trees,  notice the clouds as they float across the sky.   Listen to the sounds that accompany us in nature.  The other night I was walking outside to grab the garbage cans to bring back to our house and even though it was dark and rainy,  I actually stopped and just listened to the rain falling on the trees for a few minutes… it was so peaceful…
  3. Go to a yoga class.  I have recently taken up yoga this past year and have found it to be a great way for me to increase my gratitude… gratitude for meeting new people I would not have normally connected with… gratitude for my body’s growing strength and flexibility… gratitude for the ability to clear my mind for an hour to just focus on me.
  4. Pray.  You do not have to belong to a formalized religion or go to a church to pray.  Prayer to me is a way of opening up my gratitude by speaking it to the universe.  For me,  the universe is God and I make it a point to not only pray for what I may need or be looking for,  I also use my prayer to give thanks for all that I have and for all that I am…
  5. Thank someone in your life.  People contribute to us in many ways both large and small.  Taking a minute to write them a note or telling them how much you appreciate them will boost your gratitude factor up immediately,  I guarantee it!

It is now 7:00am… I am sitting in front of the fire… my puppy Gracee is sprawled out next to me on my couch… and the light of day is showing a beautiful blue sky…

I am Grateful…

What are you grateful for today?

Do you have any other ideas on how to increase our Gratitude?  I would love to hear what you do to help focus on being more grateful in your life!

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