Gratitude is one of those topics that you can’t just reflect on a few times. We need regular reminding! If you are already aware and actively looking and celebrating all the wonderful people, experiences and opportunities in your life that is great.
Today I’d like to go deeper.
Gratitude is so much more than dedicating 7 minutes at the end of your busy day to scribbling down 20 things you are grateful for. Gratitude is a practice.
It is a way of living your life.
How can you grow your gratitude? There are so many things you can do…
How much compassion is present in your life? We can all bring more compassion into our lives. Maybe we can stop and take a step back instead of diving straight in with our reflex reactions that may be brash and hurtful. Maybe we can take a up a new lifestyle habit that strengthens instead of wrecking our body.
How much stillness is present in your life? If your life is go go go 24/7 then more silence and solitude may be necessary to balance out the busy-ness. Have you ever tried meditating? I recommend it highly…
Where is your attention and focus? Is it on what is “wrong”? Or is it on finding the silver lining, committing to working through the problem and changing your perspective? Even though we may forget, we always do have a choice.
Is your focus set on finding fault or seeking out joy? How often do you stop and listen to your feelings? Your feelings are there to guide you. Do you feel bad? Then don’t do what you just did. Do you feel great? Then keep doing what you’re doing.
This may sound simple. Yet it takes many years of practice to make something look “effortless”.
How much do you trust in yourself and in your life? Do you feel uncertain and anxious when you can’t control something or someone? Release and relinquish all control. You don’t need to know what is going to happen tomorrow, next month or next decade.
Gratitude will become more and more a way of life when you embrace the above lifestyle actions. A quick reminder…
… Increase your compassion. Include more stillness. Be aware where you place your attention. Focus on the good. Release control.
These things will definitely help you grow the gratitude in your life into a way of living and a life you can be truly proud and grateful for.
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