Three things to help Return to Gratitude in an instant.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that were a little bit of a roller coaster? Well this week was one of those for me. As the moon cycled from full to waning, I have felt so many emotions. I had so many thoughts and felt joy, sadness, excitement and fear all in the same moment. Now that I write this, this could describe any given day, week or any given month for me. The navigation through these emotions, thoughts and feelings is a constant learning experiment for me. This week just seemed a little more intense than others.
As my week unfolded, there were several messages from the universe and those guiding me that it was time to “Return to Gratitude.” So with that I decided I would do my own little: My Gratitude Experiment
In any good experiment, at least what I remember from from High School, we need a question to explore. So here were mine:
Why Should I Return to Gratitude?
What Sources Haven Been Pointing Me in this Direction?
And I remember something about a hypothesis before we collect the data.
Hypothesis: Gratitude empties out the nonproductive thoughts and focuses our intention on what we want more of in our lives and brings forth feelings of PEACE, LOVE and JOY.
So here is some of my own data in support of this:
Data #1: Tuesday, I held a class with two lovely students on Dancing Mindfulness. The class’ theme was “LOVE.” As I danced, I realized how much gratitude I have for my body, how it moves and all it does for me each day. I also was immersed in the message that “Self-Love” allows us the ability to give even more love to those around us.
Data #2: Tuesday, after my dance class I attended a Meetup Sisterhood Circle where the thought leader expressed the idea of waking up each morning in gratitude. I have known this to be important, but she inspired me to begin to practice deeper than I had before. So as I woke up every day thereafter, I took a moment with myself to recount all I was grateful for. This practice replaced my instant anxiety that usually begins my day, which usually has to do with my day and the schedule that is to come.
Data #3: I begin Gabby Bernstein’s new book “Super Attractor.” I am loving every word so far and found gratitude written in so many of her messages. Reading through these pages made me remember, I am grateful for the work I am embarking on, the ability to make this leap and begin this journey with the support of so many. My husband, my boys, my mom, my dad, my best friend, my friends, my colleagues, my neighbors and so many others that have always been my cheerleaders even when I made mistakes along the way. They ask questions that help me grow, they come support me and they love me in each of these steps. To each of these individuals, “I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU!”
Data #4 I recently read an article published by the Harvard Medical School entitled, “Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier.” The article expresses the following after a study conducted:
“One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”
Making the correlation in the sample size may be difficult, however, the qualitative evidence is hard to dispute that Gratitude is a medicine to the mind, body and spirit.
Conclusion: A Return to Gratitude is just what I needed this week. As I look back, I feel positive, energized and ready to see what the universe has to offer as the week came to a close. The blues from Monday had gone in an instant and were replaced with feelings of excitement and joy for moving along my own path. Therefore, my hypothesis was correct!
So here is a thought - try your own “Gratitude Experiment.” Here are the three things I learned that can make help you return to Gratitude in an instant.
1. STOP – Seize the Opportunity to become aware of the Present Moment (where are your emotions, thoughts and feelings?)
2. LOOK – Look into Your Heart (stop the cycle in your mind and listen to your heart on the things you are grateful for)
3. LISTEN – Listen to this cycle of gratitude and allow it to penetrate deeply. You can use your own practice for this including meditation, yoga or other practices.
4. REPEAT – each time you feel that you need to do this again, go for it! Recall those things you are grateful for and move forward from there.
What is your conclusion after this experiment? Remember to have some fun and make it a regular practice.
As always, thank you for reading, please pass this along to others that may enjoy a Return to Gratitude! Be the light you are in this world and shine brightly for others to see. #Bethelight
Have a wonderful day.