Gracious Gratitude

Gracious Gratitude

When people ask what is the one thing that has helped you the most in my recoveries, my answer is simple – Gratitude.

The art of practising gratitude has been an incredibly powerful tool I have used throughout my recoveries and in my day to day life. Gratitude has helped me to stay present, grounded and enabled me to shed light on all the amazing things still surrounding me in each moment – no matter how dire the situation I am faced with.

So, how can gratitude help you?

  • Boosts your mood and motivation
  • Brings positive energy and joy into your life, regardless of any challenges you might be facing
  • Helps you bring awareness to the things in life that shouldn’t be taken for granted
  • Creates new neural pathways and helps your brain rewire itself to automatically look for the good in every situation

My top 5 tips for bringing more gratitude into your life

1. Take a moment to ask yourself – really describe what it is you are grateful for!

‘What can I be grateful for today and why?’
‘Who am I grateful for and why?’

2. Give yourself a little love – what about yourself are you grateful for? Go on, list 3-5!!

Set yourself the goal of bringing grateful each day.

Start this by:

  • Journaling daily for one week about 3 – 5 things each day, about yourself and about your life.
  • Do this at the start and end of each day for the week and stop to answer…
  • What did you notice by practicing this?

Don’t just look externally. Being able to extend gratitude towards yourself is a fantastic way to improve self-esteem and self-confidence. This can be as simple as acknowledging you have a wonderful smile, or a great sense of humour!

3. We often focus on the big and obvious things, but what about the small things?

As I write this, I notice a bee who is busy collecting nectar from a gorgeous white and yellow flower.
I am grateful for the few minutes I have been transfixed on watching it, as it delicately adds the nectar to its stores it carries on its legs.
I am grateful for the flower for providing that sweet nectar and the subtle perfume as the breeze carries it past my nose.
I am grateful for my sense of smell. It allows me to experience this moment by adding a fragrance to this whole minute.

4. You can do it at any time, any day and anywhere! But to start, try one minute in the morning and one minute before you go to bed.

Why not start your day with one minute of gratitude before you get stuck into your day? Ask yourself, ‘What am I grateful for this morning?’ Why not end your day with, ‘How did I feel today?’

5. Express it! Don’t just keep it to yourself, spread that magic around!

Pay it forward. Why not add a little sparkle into the lives of others? Tell someone you love them. Tell them they have beautiful eyes or you simply love their company…You get my gist!

What am I grateful for right now?

Today, I am grateful I woke up with fresh air in my lungs, a heart that rhythmically keeps beating and a brain that keeps functioning regardless of the amount of trauma it has experienced over the past 30 years.

Today, I am grateful for the amazing people in my life who stand by me with unwavering love and dedication.

Today, I am grateful for nature.

Today I am grateful for having fresh, good quality food and water to nourish my body.

Today, I am grateful for being able to share this with you.

Today, I am grateful I am alive – right here, right now.

What are you grateful for in this very moment?

Good Days or Bad Days – Here’s How You Can Learn From Both

Good Days or Bad Days – Here’s How You Can Learn From Both

Everybody has good days and bad days, it’s a part of life.

Sometimes we can get bogged down in the bad days and our focus turns to negative thoughts and feelings.

Where our attention goes, energy flows. Often, if we have something negative on our minds, we will most likely find more negativity around the corner.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stressed or focused on something stupid when something else bad happens, like stubbing my toe. Or I’m in a rush and suddenly can’t find my keys.

I always find it very interesting during these moments, questioning why is this happening. How can it be, that simply the act of thinking, speaking or acting in a negative way is enough to bring even more of that into my life?

Eventually, I learned a very valuable lesson!

There are positive and negative elements to every single thing in this world.

Everything has equal good and bad parts, whether you believe it, or not, is a different story.

Every decision you make, there is a silent, or sometimes not so silent, cost-benefit analysis going on in your head.

If you choose to go to the movies, you can’t be ten pin bowling at the same time.

If you choose to eat the pizza, you can’t have the pasta at the same time.

If you choose to focus on the negative, you can’t focus on the positive and vice versa.

This life is full of paradox and duality. It can get completely overwhelming if you don’t learn how to focus and be present to tune out the negativity.

When you can accept everything in your life – the way it is and the way it isn’t, this moment and the next, and the next – that’s where you find presence and when you’re present, you can choose where to put your focus.

The more we train ourselves to live in the moment, the greater our focus

The more we train ourselves to live in the moment, the greater our focus and the less we allow our mind to dwell on negative thinking.

So, do you want to continue bringing more negativity into your life and the world? Or, do you want something different?

I prefer to put my focus in positive, inspiring and grateful thoughts – some days I’m brilliant at it and others, I’m terrible.

Although, even when I do follow negative thought patterns, I still make the most of it, because every negative thought, action or event has something to learn from.

See the paradox? Out of every negative is something positive, if you work hard enough to see it.

If you want something different but don’t know how, ask yourself this question every day: What am I grateful for today?

This one question has the potential to change your life, if you do the work consistently.

Don’t let your thoughts control you, learn to take control.

I promise that you won’t regret it.

Inspiration through action.

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