TIME FOR GRATITUDE
Today we pull over and take some time to be grateful for what we have.
GRATITUDE is good medicine and is always time well spent.
It helps to relieve stress and build positive energy, and it gives us great perspective on life.
When was the last time you did this?
Are you hardwired to be grateful, or is it something you have to remind yourself about?
Practicing GRATITUDE is healthy. It paints a worldview of optimism and hope.
People who practice this are consistently HAPPIER.
What tends to happen with people who are depressed and stuck is a phenomenon called STACKING.
This is when something bad happens to us and we take that isolated event and attach it to a series of other “bad” events and create a pessimistic narrative.
Let’s say you stub your toe and drop your phone. People who stack go to a place where “this always happens to me; I have such bad luck; I remember when I tripped in college and was embarrassed” and on and on.
A bill could come in and remind you of all your financial woes, or something as trivial as your favourite team losing could trigger the narrative of how you married the wrong person.
It doesn’t make sense, but it’s what we do. It’s a downward spiral that drags us into “my life sucks” narrative that doesn’t serve us. It makes us less fun to be around.
Gratitude is a wonderful antidote for this tendency. So today you will practice this.
Grab a piece of paper or pick up your phone and simply start making a list of all the things you’re grateful for. It could be your kids, your cat, your accomplishments, a tasty lunch you had recently, or the clouds in the sky. Just keep writing ✍️.
Spend at least 10 minutes doing this and don’t stop. Even if it sounds stupid write it down. It may take a second to recall some of these. That’s totally cool. The act of recalling them delivers a powerful therapeutic and spiritual value.
Once you’ve finished with your list, stop and ask yourself how you feel. How did you feel before you started, and how did you feel afterwards? Any difference? Take note of it.
As you go through your day, keep your list with you. Take a look at it a few times and do a quick read through. Stop on any item that grabs your attention and let that gratitude fill your heart. Sit with the feeling of gratitude towards whatever the given item is. Back in its sunshine, and let it fill you.
At the end of the day go back and recall how you felt in the morning and how you feel on the other side. Any difference? Chances are, it’ll be subtle but definitely there. If you like what this is doing, keep your list with you tomorrow and add to it. In fact, see about adding things as they come up for you, make this list a growing scroll of things you’re grateful for. The more you do it, the better it will serve you. Over time this practice will radically transform your life and change your mood towards all things. It takes away friction and allows us to live in a healthier, timeless space.
Tomorrow I will talk to you about nature.