3 Things to help with your Gratitude Routine
Now, more than ever, we need to bring gratitude into our lives and our hearts.
We are surrounded by toxicity and fear- all over the news, all over social media, and even when chatting with our loved ones, we can't help but get a negative vibe about everything that is happening in the World.
If we are not careful enough, it becomes pretty easy to feed that negative energy and allow our mind to float with all the self-sabotage and fearful talk, that will only block us from appreciating what we already have.
Keeping a gratitude routine is not only about having a journal to write on about the three things you appreciate today- it is a self-care routine that will work as a shield to protect you from the negativity around you.
How does it work?
When you are grateful for what you have in your life, you bring love and kindness into your heart. The expansion that the love emotion brings, opens up not only your heart but your mind for your reality: for what is really important, and for all that is beautifully gifted to you.
Gratitude is not about being thankful- it's about being appreciative!
When you appreciate everything you have, and everything you are in this moment, you are focusing on your life now- you are present. You are alive.
When you focus your attention on the things you miss or the things you don't have yet, you live in the past or in the future, not quite feeling fulfilled and happy because there is always something missing.
Start by creating the routine of being grateful- really look into your life as is and bring the feeling of appreciation into your heart about all the things that you are, and all that you are so blessed to have.
When creating a gratitude routine, there are three important things you can do to help you:
1- Be specific- What matters it’s what you experience and feel, more than the length of your writing. If you, for example, write ‘ I am grateful for my family’, dig deeper and explain what about your family makes you feel gratitude. Don’t rush this process just to get a list of things, take your time to reflect on your day/ week, and be as specific as you can.
2- Connect with your feelings- As I mentioned above, when writing a gratitude entry is really important to tap into our emotions, feelings, and experiences. When you write a list of things without specification, over time, it will feel repetitive and, eventually, you will feel disconnected. In order to feel appreciation, you need to feel the meaning behind it- the meaning for you. Really tap on how it makes you feel. How does it make you feel to have dinner ready when you come back from work? How does it make you feel when you cuddle your child? How do you feel when you go for a stroll in nature?
Connect with your emotions, with the experience. It helps if you close your eyes and visualize the situation or the people involved so that you can recreate the experience in your mind and bring to the surface all those emotions that will really make you feel grateful.
Journal about how that makes you feel- I can't stress enough how journaling brings you closer to your unique self, and when you combine it with feelings, you create a renewed energy of peace and self-love that will attract to your life so many more things to be grateful for.
3- When stuck, come back to the moment- Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed or disappointed with our life that it’s hard to think about all the blessings that we have. Other times, we might feel we are being repetitive ( although, if you are being specific as I mentioned in point 1, that block is less recurrent). If you feel stuck and ‘out of ideas’ of what to be grateful for, bring your attention to this moment. The very moment you are sat on your bed, holding your journal and your pen. Are you grateful for having a comfy bed or chair to sit on? Are you grateful you made the time to write in your journal? Are you grateful to have a few minutes of silence and quiet for yourself? Are you grateful you feel warm and safe in your environment? Simply look around you, at that moment, and describe what you are doing or your surroundings and be specific about why you are grateful for it. Tap into your emotions. The moment your pen starts scribbling the paper, you will notice the words flowing as you connect with the experience of your present moment and the emotions that will surface.
If you take your time to do this practice, really committing to these three steps, you will start to feel greater and lasting results, both emotionally, and physically.
The more you practice it, the easier and quicker it will become- it will become natural to you to go deeper and tap into your emotions as you start appreciating all that you are and all that you have now.
And the more grateful you feel about what you have already, the more opportunities and things will show up in your life to be grateful for, and the more love, peace, and kindness you will bring into your life.
What not to love about it?
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