Practices of Gratitude

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

Giving thanks is about much more than simply saying the words “thank you”. During this time of year it can be easy to feel stressed, rushed, or any other unpleasant emotion. It can be easy to get distracted by things like the abundance of food, sports games, or family drama, and then forget to take some quality time to really be thankful for and acknowledge the gratitude we feel. To me giving thanks is connected to feeling gratitude and love for someone or something.

Thankfully, there are ways to shift perspective, refocus attention, and increase feelings of love and appreciation. In an article called “3 Essential Practices for Gratitude” Deepak Chopra talks about gratitude being one way to connect with your deeper self, or spirit. When we feel gratitude in our hearts we become more open to all life’s gifts. Miracles can happen. We are in the present moment.

Here are some ideas for ways that you can increase your gratitude this holiday season or any time of year:

  1. Walking on Mt Tam

    A gratitude walk

    Take a gratitude walk. Observe along the way. What do you see, hear, smell, or feel that you can be grateful for? You can say these out loud (even if you’re on your own!) to help you really acknowledge them. Walking is a great way to shift your perspective. See how many things you can find to be grateful for.

  2. Write a thank you letter to someone who has had a positive impact on your life or who has touched you in some way. With our busy schedules we don’t often take the time to sit down and write out letters anymore and often people have no idea of the impact they have had on someone’s life.
  3. Write a gratitude journal. Taking the time to write out what you are grateful for is a powerful way to expand your feelings of gratitude and shift your perspective on life. “What we put our attention on expands in our life.” Ideally commit to writing in it for a month so that you can observe the effect it has on your life.

As we approach Thanksgiving, you can also think about creative ways to bring more gratitude into that day of giving thanks. A friend of mine, Jenai Lane, recently wrote an article called “7 Tips for a More Meaningful, Heartfelt Thanksgiving” which you might enjoy reading for inspiration.

Thank YOU for reading my blog and thus being a part of the Maya Wellness community. I appreciate your interest and the time you take to read about health, recipes, spiritual topics and more. You are a blessing to this world.

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Health Coach, Spirit Coach, intuitive cook, cooking teacher, energy healer, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, soccer player, lover of life...
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