What Are You Grateful For?
Last month’s blog was about Body-Awareness, which is one of the tools in my Tools 4 Transformation E-book and Kit. This month I am writing about another tool: Gratitude. Before we dive into that, I just want to say that the four tools in the E-Book really supported my transition from unemployment to solopreneur and I continue use them daily on myself and in my practice. The four tools are:
Presence Awareness – shut down your chatterbox brain and Be Here, Now
Curiosity – whenever judgment comes into the picture for yourself or others, try to be curious instead
Body-Awareness - learn how your emotions show up in your body and let them run their course. It keeps you clear
Gratitude – more below…
This month I want to focus on gratitude. I went to Femtalks in Berkeley last week and one of the presenters also advocated for using gratitude in a daily practice because it is so powerful for cultivating and receiving more love and joy in your life. Our ability to thrive comes down to a matter of what we pay attention to. Our brains like to stick to the negative as a survival mechanism. Gratitude on a daily basis trains our brain to see the positive and it makes us happier. In my E-book I suggest that you think of three new things to be grateful for every day. The reason I advocate for new things every day is so that you continually track the positive happenings in your life. For my own practice, I actually think of both new and continuing gratitudes (like my family and my cats). I will share my daily gratitude mantra with you: Let me spill over with gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon me, upon which there are many, including (naming three)….
Here’s a new gratitude: yesterday I stopped to admire one of the roses in my garden. It was beautiful blooming perfection and all I could do was gaze in awe at the gorgeous whorl formed in the center as the inner petals still encased the stigma. The whorl was accented by pink tinged edges on yellow petals. The petals opened outward into a softball sized flower and the delicate pink provided contrast to frame each open petal beautifully, creating a masterpiece that reminded me of painted porcelain. These moments, small as they might seem, are magic and I feel grateful to the universe for the creation of such beauty and for the pleasure I receive when I pause to drink it in.
What small magic can you notice and be grateful for today?