It's that time of year again where we start taking inventory of all that we're most thankful for - Thanksgiving. But in truth, we should be incorporating this practice of thanks & gratitude much more frequently into our day-to-day. I imagine that we'd all be a lot happier, definitely much more positive & maybe even healthier!
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Over the past year I have been learning a lot about gratitude - what it is, how to express it & incorporate it into my everyday in order to live a fulfilling & abundant life!
Gratitude is defined as: "The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks & appreciation."
I have been using journalling as a means of expressing myself with the intention to write out the things I'm most grateful for each and everyday. I've also been incorporating art doodling as a creative outlet and focusing my attention on my daily mantras & positive affirmations. They say that energy flows where attention goes. If this is the case - I want to invest all my attention into positivity, gratitude & love.
In truth - all of this used to sound hippie-dippie to me. But I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection. There is no doubt in my mind that our negative thought patterns can significantly impact our health. Adding to that, negative thought patterns just make you feel bad! That's no way to go through life.
From the time I wake up until the time I close my eyes I have SO many thoughts running through my mind. When you stop and pay attention, like I did, you start to realize how many of those thoughts are negative, critical & self-defeating! I don't want to spend each and everyday seeing the glass as half empty. I want to retrain my brain & focus on gratitude! Because gratitude is what helps us to see our glass as half full. Gratitude is a fantastic reminder of all the amazing & wonderful things we currently have in our life.
But like anything in our life gratitude isn't something that happens overnight. We need to practice it - hence the idea of gratitude jars, or my personal fav journalling your gratitude! A space where you can write out all the things you are so grateful to have. So in practicing gratitude and focusing on the power of positive thinking, I'll attract abundance, joy & happiness - or at least I hope so. Again, it's the whole idea of energy flows where attention goes.
So, I have decided that once a month I will blog about my monthly highlights, insights & gratitudes! I've said it to you - now I'm held accountable & must follow through! I hope you join me in this exercise of gratitude! Experiment with it & see what changes you start to notice!
I'll start us off....
I am so incredibly grateful for my family! These 3 people are responsible for the woman I grew into (and I like that woman very much!). It's because of them that I know what unconditional love & support feels like. That unconditional love has given me the strength & courage to take risks in life, challenge myself, overcome fears, & stand up taller when life has thrown me a curve ball or two, or three...
My best friend. How lucky am I that I get to spend each and everyday with someone who truly gets me, makes me laugh, always has my back & helps me see my dreams come true. Blessed. Plus, c'mon - those eyes, that face! 5 years later and I still can't get enough. Luckiest girl ever that I get to call this boy mine.
My morning routine. I spend each morning with a cup of warm water with 1/2 squeezed lemon & raw honey to gently wake up my organs, hydrate myself, realkalinize & do my body some good. I also use that time to write in my journal. It's a great opportunity for some peace & quiet, soul-searching, goal setting, reflection, a moment to myself to reset & take inventory of the day, week & month ahead. It allows me to maintain focus & stay in tune with myself.
My furry family. Just like my non-furry family & my best friend, these two creatures offer me unconditional love. On my worst days, these two are the reason for getting out of bed each morning, going out for a walk & reconnecting with nature (even if I don't want to). They force me to slow down, drop everything I'm doing, grab a squeaky toy and run around the house like a kid (no matter how important what I'm doing seems to me at the time).
My health is something that I'm most grateful for. Health is not something you have or you don't have. It's something you need to work on, participate in & value each and everyday. Each snack & each meal is an opportunity to build disease or build health. It's not a passive process - it takes preparation, organization & the desire to feel amazing each and everyday! I'm so thankful for the journey I took 4 years ago that led me here.
My business. About a month ago I celebrated my 1 year business anniversary as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist & I'm beyond grateful for this achievement. I LOVE what I do for a living. Helping others to achieve health & well-being through the food they eat is the most rewarding experience. Each client inspires me & reignites my passion for this field.
In writing down my gratitudes I begin to see just how full & rich my life is & all that negativity just goes away.
What are you most grateful for in your life?