For years I’ve heard about people taking part in the practice of gratitude journaling and despite believing fully in the power of journaling (hello Daily Aspire!), it was something that I just never tried to dive into, at least not for the long term. I have done 30 day challenges in the month of November, listing out one thing each day, but (at least for me), the practice of gratitude journaling extends further than this.
I don’t know what urged me the other week, aside from this strong power to change my outlook and the things in my life that aren’t serving me, and maybe that’s exactly what it was, but it hit me: I need to do this.
I was laying in bed and saw this old music notebook of mine that I hadn’t really ever used because I never wrote music like that. The notebook was too cute so I climbed out of bed, picked it up and decided it would be the perfect way to begin my gratitude journal. So I did.
Each night, right before I turn out the lights, I grab this little pocket-sized notebook and write out 5 things I’m grateful for that day. I allow myself to be as general or as specific as I want, but find myself falling more and more to latter of the two as it truly allows my heart to experience why I was grateful for that moment.
A few personal examples:
- Yoga to provide community in a place I have struggled to find it.
- Remembering to breathe and find my path
- Being around for little N’s birthday (my friend’s son who I call my nephew)
It’s been a little over a week now and I can tell you, I am already feeling the abundance of this practice. Because that’s what this is: an abundant practice.
It’s a practice that allows me to reflect on my day, to feel the light and love that’s out in the world, and for me to truly focus on the GOOD in each and every day, instead of falling asleep to the worry and to-do lists spinning in my mind.
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I would love for you to join me and feel this gratitude in your day, to change your outlook and to know you are making a real impact in your life. As I was reading my current book this morning, Chop Wood, Carry Water, while walking on the treadmill this morning, I was hit with the irony and one of today’s points was talking about how easy it is to focus on the negative and that we have to train our brains to focus on the good, but with practice, we can!
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Do you have a gratitude journal?
What are you grateful for today?