Gratitude Practice!

What is a Gratitude Practice?

Gratitude Practice is like practicing Yoga or Meditation. A Gratitude Practice is where you exercise your gratitude muscles daily for the purpose ofcultivating gratitude throughout all areas of your life.Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is one of the most effective ways to shift your paradigm, your expectations, and your approach to life. For that reason, you’ll never find a book or program on spirituality thatdoesn’temphasize the importance of gratitude.

Having a daily Gratitude Practice rewires your brain so over time, you naturally start to notice more things to be grateful for than not. This is particularly important due to our natural tendency towards a “negativity bias”; that is, as humans, our primal brains require about five positive thoughts for every negative thought to feel balanced.I know, it's crazy but true! It makes sense, survival instinct and all but I am not an expert in this particular field, I have simply studied gratitude to a level where I understand the basics and suffice it to say, a gratitude practice is important for Spiritual Growth and owning your own personal self.

So how do you start?

It is actually very easy to start a Gratitude Practice, but it will take more time and effort than simply mentally checking off a humdrum list.To start a Gratitude Practice, you need to write downat least three {3} thingsthat youare grateful for. These 3 things can be anything but try to be as specific as you can. Ideally, you would do this every day by trying to incorporate it into your current energy workroutines. For example, if you journal every day, begin or end your journaling session by listing 3 things that you are grateful for. If you look over your calendar or day timer daily, write it in there.You could, of course, make a ritual out of it by lighting a candle, bringing yourself into a meditative state of mind, and writing in a special notebook. Warning: This option is best suited to those who don't get stuck in analysis paralysis or negative perfectionism! I know myself, if I try to write these into a special notebook and my handwriting isn't how I wanted it or if it looks untidy, I will end up ripping the page out of the journal to start again. This can occur several times until I end up getting fed up with the process. Good old OCD is the culprit for me so now I simply use my phone and tablet to jot down the gratitude exercises.At the end of the day, you must do this is a way which is easiest for you. If you’ve never done anything like this, it’s going to feel strange to begin with but do not worry, there is absolutely no way that you can do this wrong.Nobody will ever see this list, and you are not going to put it up on social media with a hashtag. This is a list that you are going to keep private in the same way that you would keep a personal diary away from prying eyes.

This is part of the magic of Gratitude Practice! There is only one rule: You must write it down!

Using good old Pen and Paper - You can delegate a small notepad for this, or, if you already have a diary, you can practice this method in your main diary. You can also write it in your agenda or planner, if you are the only one who reads it.

Your iPhone or Smartphon - Create a new note. You can have a new note for every day, or you can create one long note. This one might be the easiest and best option, as you always have your phone on you.

Your iPad or Tablet - Same as above. Use the notes software/app that you have.

Computer or Laptop - Create a Pages/Word or text document.

An online Journal - Write them in a locked journal.

At the end of the day, just write it down - {Did I say that yet 🙂}.

Get into the habit of being grateful. Any time of the day works, just DO IT. If you miss a day, don’t worry about it. You won’t need to make up for it by doubling up on your list the following day.This practice alone will revolutionise your life forever. Imagine: Naturally gravitating towards thoughts that bring you into a space of gratitude and seeing more things that make you happy start to flow into your life. What’s one thing I’m grateful for? Well, get ready, because I am about to get mushy. I am grateful for YOU. I am grateful for you as the reader of my blog posts and I am grateful to every student who chooses me to be their Spiritual Teacher. Every time a student chooses me and the Academy for their Spiritual Teaching and/or Attunements, I am grateful to have been picked from the hundreds of other teachers on the internet.

Well that's the Gratitude Practice Blog Post. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and don't forget to make a conscious decision tomorrow to start your very own Gratitude Practice.

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