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Cultivating Gratitude

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Gratitude, it is a word that is used often, and more often than not, it is used in a very negative way. It is often used to point out a failing, a failure to make someone else feel good about themselves and what they have just done. We do not hear the word being used in a more positive supportive way.

Gratitude is an act that comes from a feeling, a feeling of gratefulness for something, action or someone.

l763230825Expressing gratitude is a two-way action of giving and receiving that nourishes and supports both the giver and the receiver. It is a simple, heartfelt way to water the positive in both our self and the other.
To take time to appreciate who, and what we have in our life, as well as taking time to appreciate our self and express self-gratitude has numerous benefits, and here are at least seven scientifically proven benefits that come from consciously practising gratitude :

    • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. ...
    • Gratitude improves physical health. ...
    • Gratitude improves psychological health. ...
    • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. ...
    • Grateful people sleep better. ...
    • Gratitude improves self-esteem. ...
    • Gratitude increases mental strength.

Finding time to practice gratitude in small ways throughout our day enables us to let go of toxic emotions, such as resentment, anger and envy. Along with enhancing our personal lives, gratitude can also improve our performance at work by helping us get more sleep, improve our work environment.

In order to cultivate gratitude, we need to become more conscious of what we and who we have in our life as well as who we truly are and the journey we have been on so far. In order to do this, we need to be present, in the here and the now. To be in the here and the now you simply need to take a conscious breath. Feel the physical sensation of breathing; bring all your awareness to the feel of the cool air as it comes into your body on the inhale and the warm air as it leaves the body on the exhale.

Here are three simple ways to that will help you to engage more deeply with these aspects of your life, find that deep well of gratitude that is in your heart, and help you to express it in a genuine way. Do not forget to start each of these steps with one or more conscious breaths

1 - 3 good things

Think of three things that you are grateful for, and do this on a daily basis. You can do this when you are going to sleep or waking up — or you can do it right now. You might say, “That’s something I’ve heard of before.” My challenge to you is to say, when is the last time you put this into a regular practice in your life? Explore this practice and notice the positive impact it has for you.

2 - Get inspired

Think of at least one person right now who you are grateful for having in your life, as an inspiration in some way. 

What is it that you actually appreciate about this person? Make a list of the 3 most important things that this person does or says that inspires, uplifts, encourages or nurtures d makes you feel good about yourself.

Then just sit with these items and allow yourself to feel into them and allow your heart to open to and embrace them.

Notice how you feel about yourself and the other person.

3 - Grow grateful feelings

Text, email, message, make a date, or call that person right now and share with them what it is about that you appreciate about them and that you are grateful for simply having them in your life.

Going Deeper…

There is a multiverse of resources available to us on the internet; here are a few of my favourites:

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude - https://bit.ly/2vrYzmZ

Want to be happy? Be grateful – a TED talk by David Steindl-Rast - YouTube https://bit.ly/2Hd3QAc

Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg a TEDxSF talk https://bit.ly/2HwunvX

Attitude of Gratitude - Mooji https://bit.ly/2qJZt9I

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