Thankfulness is something most people agree is good, but it often remains an abstract positive, something we know is beneficial but can’t necessarily explain why…
The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving praise at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a walk around your neighbourhood.
In an article on “A Plan For Living” they said the following about the positive evidence on a gratitude practice. “The more you feel positive emotions like gratitude and awe, and the better you learn to control negative emotions like fear and worry, the more your body becomes resistant to infection, inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and even general aging. And if that doesn’t sound fantastic enough, there is also evidence that your very DNA can be affected.”
Here’s the thing: you can focus on eating healthier, exercising more frequently, getting more sleep, using more natural products on our skin and at home, but if you don’t take care of your mind, you will still feel unbalanced in your life.
Expressing gratitude as a way of life doesn’t mean you have to feel happy about everything. It doesn’t mean you wish nothing was different or do nothing to improve circumstances for yourself and others. It certainly doesn’t mean you close your eyes to suffering and harmful situations or purposely create them.Being thankful does mean you accept yourself and where you are in the moment. It means you open yourself to the present experiences of life even when they are painful or difficult.
When you align with source energy in this way you move out of the energy of resistance, or fight, and move into the energy of flow where you are more likely to receive inspiration and guidance. You can better see the help and support that is there for you. Expressing gratitude may well be one of the most important things you can do for your health and happiness. And to me It is a cornerstone of my spiritual wellness.
I read this quote back in 2012 and kept it ever since, and it’s been a way to remind me that the most simples practices can be the most effective once we commit to them.
Gratitude and appreciation are the key virtues for a better life. They are the spell that is cast to dissolve hatred, hurt and sadness, the medicine which heals subjective states of mind, restoring self-respect, confidence, and security.Gurudeva Subramuniyaswami
It’s the time of year where we are invited to go inwards and reflect upon the appreciation for what we have. While all of us are committed in various ways to a better life, I feel that 2020 has been a hard year for all of us, staying grounded and commitment to self-love has been challenged in many ways.
Therefore, this holiday season may look a little different for many of us this year, and that might bring up some sad, anxious and lonely emotions. I want to support you, to feel better, loved, seen, grounded and connected.
OFFERING: Join me in a 21-day gratitude practice so that we can all maintain an elevated consciousness. We will start on Tuesday the 24th of November 2020 on my IG Story with powerful exercises that will put you in the Well-being & Abundance mindset. We will close our #21daysofgratitude with a LIVE on IG Full Moon Meditation on December the 14th.
As the day comes to an end. I’m thankful for the commitment we’ve made to our spiritual path.