Increasing Mindfulness with Gratitude
Do you have gratitude for life? I needed to share this, I think we need to hear it! Sometimes we don’t realize what a wonderful life we have, we tend to focus on the bad points and worry about things that are out of our control!
Two weeks ago I attended a funeral of a two year old toddler that drowned in the complex pool, this shattered my heart especially because I am a mom of a two year old girl Azalea Belle. I cried for so long, hardly being able to breathe only to realize: I get to go home and hug my girl, play with her and hear her laugh again – unlike this mom mourning the loss of her child.
You think you having a bad day? You think the world is out to get you? Think again!
We all go through struggles and trials that get us down, you feel you can’t get out and that the world is sucking you in!
I am here to tell you – that it’s okay! We all go through it! The best tool you can use is GRATITUDE! Trust me!
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude refers to that in our life for which we are grateful. This feeling of gratefulness can be extended to some source, and for religiously minded people this is often the case. However, you don’t have to be religious to feel gratitude. The importance in this sense is more on how you feel, and how you are oriented than identifying the source of that gratitude. When we consistently focus on what is going well in our lives it keeps our outlook positive and fosters the high performance emotion of optimism.
Oprah Winfrey once noted that the single most important thing she’s ever done was to write five things that she’s grateful for in a journal at the beginning of each day. And the science backs her up. Psychologists from the universities of California and Miami performed an experiment in 2003 that found that keeping a daily journal of what you’re grateful for can increase your own sense of well being throughout your life. This is a simple step that takes only a couple of minutes each day, but the effect is cumulative. It also doesn’t matter how big or small the thing is when you make your list. Being grateful for a cup of coffee is just as significant as being grateful for your recovery from an illness because the important step here is to orient yourself to the things in your life for which you are happy.
An Exercise in Mindfulness and Gratitude
In addition to keeping a daily gratitude journal, there are other ways to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.” Here are steps for a simple exercise in gratitude that also incorporate the concept of mindfulness:
- Think of something for which you are NOT grateful.
- Once you have this thing that you are unhappy about in mind, be it a situation, person, place, or something else; now begin to focus on aspects of it that are good. If this is a person with whom you are unhappy, you can focus on traits about that person that you do like, traits that you are grateful for. If this is a situation, focus on the elements in that situation with which you are happy.
- When you have other areas in your life for which you are unhappy, try applying the previous two steps towards that situation.
- Try this exercise daily in addition to keeping a gratitude journal.
If you feel these tools do not work – then chat to me! Sometimes a little outside perspective can help!
Please share this to others! Help them in their journey and share a little love! You never know – it may change a life – a family – a community!
BOOMCHAKALAKA – I AM GRATEFUL YOU TOOK THE TIME TO READ THIS! THANK YOU
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