For those of us in the United States, November means Thanksgiving–spending time with family and friends and realizing all we are grateful for in this life. The part about spending time with family and friends is inevitable because on Thanksgiving Day, we usually celebrate by sharing a large meal with those closest to us. But do we always take time to contemplate all we are grateful for in life? Maybe we need to put a little more emphasis on the gratitude part of our lives.
A holidays approach, we often find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of preparation. This dynamic coupled with our existing busy schedules adds to the chaotic web we weave around ourselves. We don’t always take the time to be fully present and just breathe nor do we the time to contemplate gratitude. Before we know it, the holidays are past and we find ourselves in exhausted states recalling very little of the tornado of activity that tore through our lives during the busy season.
Perhaps this year we can challenge ourselves to follow a different path. The exercise below is meant to help us focus on gratitude not just one day out of the year, but each day. As we focus and reflect on all we are grateful for, we send that message out to the universe and attract more of it in our lives, thus attracting more of what we want into our realities and less of what we don’t want. I hope this year is one of consciously living in gratitude for you and your family.
Living In Gratitude Exercise:
1. On a sheet of paper, write down all your are grateful for in life (include people those in spirit and on Earth, pets, experiences, attributes and talents, and material things)
2. Keep your gratitude list next to your bed with a pen or pencil
3. Add new additions to this list, as you see fit.
4. Before going to sleep each night, review everything on your list. Then send the Universe a thought of gratitude for everything on your list.
5. When you wake up in the morning, take a couple of minutes to review your list and once again, take time to send a thought of gratitude for all the things on your list.
6. As you grow in your gratitude, take note of the way you manifest more of what you are grateful for in your life and less of what you do not want in your life.