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Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude

Just for today, I let go of worry

Just for today, I let go of anger

Just for today, I am grateful

Just for today, I am working honestly

Just for today, I am showing kindness to all living things

Hello Motivation Seekers, how are you?  Did last week go well for you?  I hope the letting go of anger post helped you manage your week.  I found it interesting, it made me realise how often I feel angry.  I was able to let it go, but it did raise an awareness that I hadn’t previously noticed.  When you raise awareness, you can make changes.  I love it when that happens.  Hope that it happens for you too.

This week we are on to the next Reiki Principle of being grateful.  I have written about this a lot, because it is so very important.  I share this with clients as well, it is one of the main things we can all do that has so many far reaching effects in our lives.

It almost seems too simple, how can being grateful make such a difference?  The thing is that it does.  It creates new neural pathways in your brain, it leads to a more positive way of being, it gives a feeling of peace and acceptance and it attracts good things to you.  Zig Ziglar said “The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Some tips to grow your gratitude

  1. Keep a gratitude journal, write in it each day the things you are grateful for.  Make it a minimum of at least 3 things.  Sit with the thought of those things for a while, engage your senses when thinking of them and finish by giving thanks for them. You can do this at the start or end of your day.
  2. Share the gratitude attitude around.  Make it a family ritual, where you all share what you are grateful for each day.  It can have an amazing effect on everyone, and can wipe away a bad day.
  3. Replace complaints with gratitude. When you think about it, we all tend to complain a lot.  What went wrong, how cold it is, how wet it is, how hard it is in business, how bad the economy is etc etc.  Imagine if you could replace all those moans with positive statements about how good things are.  I know, it can be challenging sometimes to see the good.  However, just start small and keep practising and it does become second nature.  It’s like any habit, it takes a while to become established.  It’s so worth while though, when you realise the impact it can have.
  4. Practise finding gratitude in the negatives.  Let’s face it, life isn’t always a bed of roses.  There are always issues and problems to be faced.  The biggest problem about issues is not that they occur in the first place, but in how we react to them.  If we feel sorry for ourselves, we are setting ourselves up for a mentality of scarcity and self sabotage.  We want to operate from a place of abundance and empowerment, and finding the gifts in our challenges will help us do that.  Our ongoing saga of the roadworks around our business (over 2 years now), is a great example of this.  Yes, we’ve struggled and we have complained and moaned, but does that help any?  No, it just spirals down into stress and anger.  It’s much better to look for the good in this.  It has made us more grateful for the customers who struggle to find their way in.  We are also grateful for the opportunities it has given us to run our business in a much more efficient way.
  5. Acknowledge others – express your gratitude to people.  It makes you feel great and has the benefit of making the other person feel fantastic too.  Just saying thank you sincerely to someone, can make their day.  Get into the habit of doing this, with people you meet, it might be a taxi driver, the barista who made your coffee, your child’s teacher, whoever you connect with in the course of your day.  Practise being grateful to them for what they do and let them know that.

So, there you have it, 5 ways to increase your gratitude attitude. I hope you will start practising that this week.  Remember, the lovely Reiki way – “just for today”, which makes it more manageable.  Have a fantastic week.