What's your gratitude look like?
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher.
Today I thought with the way the world's going it might be a great time to have a little look at how we can practice gratitude a little easier.
I've designed this blog with some simple steps to help you get there. The practice of gratitude does not need to be hard. It should be comfortable and flow easily.
I practice gratitude every day, and the reason I do this is because it is impossible to feel anxious or depressed while you're practising gratitude. So I like to start first thing in the morning with Five things that I'm grateful for over the course of the last 24 hours.
Each day as I go through the course of the day I try to keep an eye out for things that make me smile make me happy – the things that I am grateful for. I try to find the best in everything, so that I can enjoy my life to the full potential.
Practising gratitude starts the minute you get out of bed in the morning. Take the time to sit it with a cup of coffee (or tea, water…) and write down five things that you’re grateful for that have occurred in the last 24 hours straight up – this sets you up for a great day. Sometimes it's as simple as my friend brought me a cup of coffee. You know, it's the little things that we need to be grateful for. I know that we're grateful for life, which at the moment is a little different to our old normal, and that's why finding gratitude in the little things is so important right now.
It can be something as simple as my kids helped me with the dishes or, you know someone put the toilet seat down (bless them). Those things are really great for me, for all of those of us that are in isolation right now I know there's a lot of things that you can find disheartening. But maybe look for the things that are really good in your day - in your life, you got out of bed this morning. You woke up. These are the things to be grateful for, there are amazing things in your everyday life to be grateful for. Reach out and connect with your friends, show gratitude towards the people that you love, because right now everybody needs a little bit of that.
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette
What then is gratitude?
Well, by definition from the dictionary gratitude is the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation for, and to return kindness. It is strongly associated with greater happiness.
It helps you feel positive emotions and enjoy the good experiences. And believe it or not, by showing gratitude, you can actually improve your health. It helps you to deal with with adversity, and it can also help you to build good, strong healthy relationships.
There are a few different ways you can do your daily gratitude practice. Like me, you could keep a journal and each morning write down five things that you've been grateful for – this is great because at any moment in time you can look back at what made you happy on any given day, or you can simply tell somebody just how much you really appreciate them – thank them, love them. You can take a moment to notice the beauty that's in the day, the trees, the flowers, even just the beautiful sunshine. You can do daily posts on your socials and let the whole world know. You know what else you can do, smile - smiling is another fantastic way of showing gratitude and it is infectious. Your smile could change another person’s day.
Here is a guide for a daily practice
1. Clear your head before you start.
use one drop of certified pure peppermint essential oil into the palms of your hands. Rub hands together gently.
Completely empty the lungs and breath only through the nose. Breath in deeply through the nose 3 times. You could use the box breathing method here as this will clear the head and clear the mind.
Breathe in for 3 counts
Hold for 3 counts
Breathe out for 3 counts
Hold for 3 counts
Continue for a further two rounds
2. Set an intention for the day – take a moment to ask “How do I want to feel today, and what do I want out of today?” Be specific and visualise it happening.
3. Be mindful & practice Gratitude. Simply take a few moments to show gratitude for the things that have happened in the last 24 hours. Aim for 5 things, more if you have them. By doing this each and every day you will start finding the good in the day.
A beautiful blend of essential oils for this practice is Bergamot (the oil of self-acceptance), Ylang Ylang (the oil of the inner child) and Frankincense (the oil of truth) into a diffuser in the room you are sitting in.
You can also apply a drop of Spikenard (the oil of gratitude) to the wrists and solar plexus (between stomach and ribs).
4. What do you need to do today?
Once you have your gratitude points down, write down 3 things you want to achieve today and schedule them into your calendar. These should relate back to the intention you set in step 2.
5. At the end of the day
Take 5 minutes to meditate and reflect. Write down any thoughts into your journal. This helps the brain to slow down for the night and prepares you for sleep.
a. A blend of Lavender, Cedarwood and Wild orange in the diffuser will aid in slowing the mind.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.” Robert Brault
Disclaimer – I only use and recommend doTERRA Essential Oils. These oils are independently third party tested by APRC (Aromatic Plant Research Centre) to guarantee the purity of the essential oils. All results are posted at www.sourcetoyou.com
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