Can you believe we have come to the end of our mini-challenge? I hope you have found this information useful and thought provoking. We have covered quite a bit of information over the last few days. You’ve learned why acknowledging, embracing and expressing gratitude is so important. You’ve also learned a few specific ways to begin a practice of gratitude in your own life. I’d like to expand on that as we end our challenge to provide you with a more in-depth list of helpful tips to tap into the power of being grateful. You can use these ideas as you move forward in creating your own routine.
Take a Gratitude Walk
Going for a walk is a great way to relieve stress and gain perspective. It offers a number of advantages. You leave your regular environment, get out in the fresh air and move away from distractions. It’s a form of physical exercise that comes with health benefits of its own, plus walking can even be considered a form of meditation and it’s a fabulous way to focus on gratitude. During this particular walk, pay special attention to the things you encounter along the way. Chances are, you’ll discover plenty to be thankful for during your walk.
Make a Gratitude Collage
A fun way to acknowledge your gratefulness in a visual way is to create a gratitude collage. This process works in a similar way as a vision board. You can cut out pictures from a magazine or add personal photos. Your collage can be laid out on a poster board or printer paper. You can even keep your board electronically on Pinterest or some other app. The point is to collect images that move you to consider your good fortune. It’s a good idea to put your board in a place where you can see daily or add a picture of it to your phone pictures to visit in stressful times.
Hold a Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving is like Thanksgiving, only with friends and chosen family instead of biological family. This special occasion is often held in place of traditional Thanksgiving for those who don’t have family physically nearby or who aren’t emotionally close with their relatives. It can take place near the actual holiday or on any day you choose. A gratitude party or get-together can remind you of the people who are most important in your life and enhance existing bonds.
Look for Gratitude in Challenges
We all know how easy it is to focus on the bad stuff. Sometimes we get stuck in the negative and allow it to weigh us down and it seems thats all we can think about. That’s natural, but you can interrupt that cycle by consciously working to find the gratitude in life’s challenges. Look for the lessons in each challenge. Be sure to write them down in your gratitude journal or make a note of them in some formalized way so that you can look back and remember the good that came from the adversity.
One of the best ways to gain perspective and move into a state of gratitude is to help others in need. This can be through a formal volunteer effort with a philanthropic organization or it can simply be something like helping a neighbor. No matter what the effort, you’ll reap the rewards when you pitch in to give to support others. Try to do something to help someone else at least once a week, and you’re sure to experience a boost in gratitude.
Give these ideas a try. Research or brainstorm some additional ones on your own. Just get started so you can see just what a difference embracing a mindset of gratitude can have on your entire life.
Now head on over to the FB group and lets discuss further.
In life’s day-to-day hustle its easy to overlook opportunities to express and even notice gratitude. During this challenge we have talked about journaling, daily reflection and affirmations as steps you can take to bring more positive energy and grace into your life. Today let’s talk about meditation.
There Are Different Types of Meditations
From counting to guided, there are many different types of meditations. Here are two guided mediations you can listen to today Lady Roxanna’s Pink Light Meditation and a Full Moon Meditation that will help you calm your mind. You can listen to both as much as you like to relax, destress and step into gratitude. While these are not themed gratitude meditations, they will support and encourage your gratitude mindset nonetheless.
What Are Gratitude Meditations?
Gratitude meditations involve focusing your thoughts on being grateful for the particulars of your life or situation, even the events that may not seem so positive. These heart centered meditations can be challenging at first, but over time can assist you in a deep healing.
Journaling is a Form of Meditation
Your gratitude journaling can also be considered a meditation. Any contemplative, purposeful time you spend quietly reviewing these events counts as meditation.
So while you may think of meditation as a long, intensive ritual one has to do sitting in the lotus position, in actuality, it is not that difficult. Simply sitting quietly for a few minutes and contemplating what you’re grateful for can help to center you and balance your emotions. This will lead to a new perspective and feelings of peace and appreciation. Meditation is a simple tools that offer a big return. Give it a try when you feel you could use a boost of gratitude in your life.
Share this with your friends and family and let’s start a wave of gratitude!
PS: If you want more information on meditation Serenity has an Introduction to Meditation Class that was recorded live and a free two minute guided breathing mediation here. You can still Join the Challenge here
Welcome to day three of the Gratitude Challenge!
Today we have a really short video and a pdf of affirmations.
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If you are having one of "those days" - you know the kind of day where things aren't going as planned or everything seems like an "uphill hike"... Remember we all have the ability to slow down and find sacred moments in day-to-day life. We don't have to become monks or meditate for 8 hours a day. All of us can find a few minutes to slow down, get calm and recenter. Even five minutes can help!
Slow down, breathe and ground. Your body will thank you for it!
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