Sensational Sunday – Gratitude

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday – Gratitude 

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week for Sensational Sunday we will discuss ways to use gratitude as a daily practice to change your energy from lack to abundance.

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“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “Thank you” that would suffice”

-Meister Eckhart

 This quote by Meister Eckhart is one of my favorite quotes of all times. It reminds us of the importance of gratitude in our lives. During challenging times, like a divorce, a daily practice of gratitude is vital.  Focusing on gratitude feels our hearts with love.

When life brings challenges, which it will, there is always something to be grateful for. Some things, like the air we breathe, are vital to our existence, but, we may take it for granted. So many days, we may be on auto pilot, just trying to get through the day.  On days like that, try to focus on the abundance you have in your wonderful, magnificent life.

I can compare it to a horse with blinders on.  The abundance is right in front of our eyes, but, we have blinders on.  Take of the blinders, take a deep breath and focus on gratitude.  Did you have something to eat today? Water to drink?  A beautiful smile from your child, a friend or a co-worker? Are there beautiful clouds in the sky today?

Focusing on gratitude changes our energy and attitude from a sense of fear or lack to a sense of love and abundance. Even during the darkest of times, I always found gratitude as a daily practice so important.  When money was really tight and writing checks was a necessity.  I started to write “Thank You” on my checks.  This helped to transform my fear of lack to gratitude.

Today’s Exercise:

1. Sit down in a quiet spot.  Take out your journal.

2. List 25 things that you are grateful for today.  Some may be small things and some larger.  Do not stop until you have listed all 25.

3. Now read them out loud at least two times.

4. How did this make you feel?  Try to incorporate a daily practice of gratitude.  Maybe the first thing in the morning, articulate verbally a few things you are grateful for. Over time, living in gratitude will be a way of life.

 

 

 

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