Do you practice gratitude?
That is, do you mindfully take part in acknowledging what you have to be thankful for in your daily life?
I have never considered myself an ungrateful person. I know how lucky I am to have been born in the country I was born, with all the conveniences of daily life that are at my disposable. I am healthy. I have an education. I have a career. I have always tried to not take those things for granted. But until I started a daily gratitude practice, I was not always mindful of my blessings, my numerous blessings; all the things big and little that make my life the beautiful experience that it is.
A gratitude practice will look different individual to individual. One person may choose to journal each day (or evening) things they are thankful for that happened during that day, the day before, or ongoing. Others may choose to post on Facebook each day three things they are grateful for as a way of being mindful in that moment. Others make it a part of their meditation practice. For some, it might be that single solitary moment in the day where they stop to fully be present in the scene of their life in that moment and “take stock” of the good they find there.
There is no wrong way to practice gratitude.
Why practice gratitude?
Having a gratitude practice can be just as important to your health and well being as having a yoga practice…a meditation practice…a regular gym schedule… getting a good night’s sleep, or any other practice that promotes well being. And, gratitude has become the study of science. According to http://
Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
Higher levels of positive emotions
More joy, optimism, and happiness
Acting with more generosity and compassion
Feeling less lonely and isolated
If you have never practiced gratitude mindfully, that does not make you an ungrateful person. At our core, we are loving, grateful beings. The practice of gratitude is a gift that we can give ourselves; which in turn becomes a gift for the others in our life journey. With the holiday season approaching, I want to practice more gratitude. I want to promote gratitude. And I want you to join me!
21 Days of Gratitude
21 Days of Gratitude is a facebook group event that will begin November 1st and run through November 21st. The first three weeks of November are the perfect time to begin a gratitude journey. It is said it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and our journey in this group will end three days before Thanksgiving. It is easy as the holidays get closer to get lost in the “busy”, become distracted by consumerism, and feel like our life is running us instead of the other way around. Allow this group to give you tools to make this your most peaceful and abundant holiday season yet.
In this group, you will receive a daily prompt to help you establish a “Gratitude Practice”, self-care tips that you can utilize during the holiday season and beyond, and resources for service opportunities. Through this journey, you will find quiet reflection, and much needed “me-time”, balanced with challenges that will encourage you to help and serve others. There is no cost, and no materials necessary. You may choose to pick out a journal that you can designate as your Gratitude Journal (I’ve linked to a few of my favorites, below), but it is not required. All that is asked is that you show up for yourself to open your heart to all there is in your life to be grateful for (and there is always something).
I am so excited for what this group will bring into my own life this holiday season…to prep my heart, mind, and spirit, for a true Thanksgiving, and I am cordially inviting you to join me. The group will go “live” the last week of October, giving you time to join before the start date of November 1st.
Feeling grateful is a feeling we cultivate. Start this upcoming holiday season cultivating a gratefulness in your mind, heart, and spirit!
These may also help you in your gratitude journey!
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Looking forward to sharing this journey with you!