Happy Tuesday!!! Gratitude Practice is here!!! How will you take what you are grateful for through the rest of your day? This isn't just about writing it down and sending it back… put it out there! Let the world feel your appreciation! Let's make a difference.
This only takes a few moments to do but gives to you for much, much longer. So put down whatever you are doing and take a couple of minutes for yourself. Every Tuesday morning I am going to ask you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for and email them to me (keep for yourself as well). What are you feeling gratitude around? Here are mine for this week:
There are no right or wrong answers. It is about what you are grateful for. It is proven that doing this once a week makes you happier, healthier, exercise more and less sensitive to perceived slights. You will sweat the small stuff less and focus on what really matters.
So… what are you waiting for???
Food For Thought:
What if you stopped doing things that hurt you? Well, before you do that you will need to look at your life and list off all of the thing you do that hurt you. To do this you will have to first recognize what you need to be happy because you generally hurt when you are not in line with happiness. I imagine we can all agree that our health is number one when it comes to our being happy. If you are sick not much will make you happy outside of your health being restored. After that there are a lot of things that you feel are necessary for you happiness which, when you break them down, all boil down to love. Without love you will not have joy. Love is the fundamental ingredient for happiness, joy, contentment… all the yummy stuff. Love is a lot of things and many of these things are difficult for many of us to grasp. We tend to stay pretty surface when we discuss love and that lack of understanding is where we are in the world, and where the world is with us.
There is so much more to love than feeling good… there is so much more to stopping the hurt than what we understand. Sometimes what we need to do for there to be more love is to feel pain… and sometimes that pain is actually us ending chronic abuse, ending what is comforting, what we have substituted for love. We live in a world that substitutes this for that and that for this. We give medicine for symptoms without ever considering the cause. We eat when we feel bad, or happy, or sad, instead of just feeling happy, bad or sad. So many of us are running from love thinking we are taking the hurt away.
What makes you happy on a global scale? When you think about the world (if you think about the world) what dims your shine? When you think about your country, your state or provence, your city or town, your neighborhood, your friends, family, what do you feel…happiness or anger, sadness, joy, rage, nothingness, excitement or what? When you think about your life, your job, your quiet moments, what feelings come up? I am not suggesting that you are failing if you feel other things besides happiness, I am telling you that all of the feelings are information and when you are not happy that is information that you are doing something that is hurting you which in turn effects all of the things that you are connected to. So, what if you stopped doing things that hurt you?
If you want the world to change, change your world.