Change your life with an attitude of gratitude
Our minds are constantly chattering away. Preferences, fears, judgments - these are pretty much a running dialogue in our minds all day long. And I bet the negative thoughts tend to float to the top more easily than the positive ones, right? At least they do for me - I can go over and over a less than positive experience so many times and totally forget about all the amazing things that happened that day.
One way to keep the positive things floating to the top and to maintain perspective on the less than positive things we have to deal with is by having a daily practice of gratitude.
Conditioning your brain to really SEE all the amazing things that you have in your life can set your thoughts into a different, more productive pattern. And the best part is that it doesn't have to be difficult or take a lot of time!
Focusing on what you have that you truly treasure will help to bring more of that into your life.
But how do we do that when we're constantly running, inundated with technology and information, and just plain tired? Here's a couple of super simple ways:
1. Make a list every morning before you start your day of all the things that you're grateful for in that moment.
2. When you catch yourself in a negative cycle of thoughts, picture a stop sign in your mind, then focus on one amazing things you've got going on in your life. It could be that you picked up the perfect cup of coffee this morning or that you nailed your work presentation. Give yourself a moment to cut through the negative and replace it with a positive.
3. Practice the lovingkindness meditation at least once a day to help you open up to the idea that there is love and compassion all around you. Send this compassion to yourself, to others, and to the universe and this beautiful energy will come right back to you.
5 Benefits of a Gratitude Practice
1. Get the mind going in a positive direction by focusing on what you have and you will see more of the positive in the everyday.
2. Break the cycle. Cut through the constant negative mental chatter.
3. Open to the flow of the universe. Get you focused on what you want to bring into your life as opposed to what you don't want to draw to you.
4. Improve your relationships by focusing on the things that you appreciate in your friends, loved ones, and coworkers. They will feel that appreciation and send love right back to you.
5. Improve your moods. Focusing on the genuine value of what you have will help to improve your mood and in turn keep the positive energy flowing - a positive cycle of good energy!
No time to take a class or start a gratitude practice? Check out my blog post about making YOU a priority (and how that will benefit your work, family, and relationships).
And check out this amazing retreat in the salt cave coming up this Sunday!
Mini retreat focused on gratitude in the salt cave! What more can I say?? These special event tickets are half way gone at this point, so get yours today if you're interested in really getting into your subtle energy and conditioning it to see the positive and draw more if it to you.