Sometimes I get the impression that the idea of being grateful is falling on deaf ears today. Maybe we see it too much in hashtags on social media when someone's soaking up sun by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and we scoff. "Sure! I'd be grateful too if I was there...". Or, maybe we only remember it in moments where we thankfully avoided something painful, or got through a mess rat we worried we would not come out from unscathed.
No judgement. I'm a human. I'm aware I fall into this pattern at times. But it's been on my mind to keep grace and gratitude at the forefront of my to do list. It's a practice, an actual practice, I try to add in. Often.
Gratitude has been shown through numerous studies, including research by psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, to have numerous benefits for emotional well-being and physical health. People who cultivate gratitude tend to feel better about their lives, experience higher levels of joy and happiness, have greater optimism for the future, get sick less often, exercise more, have more energy and determination, make progress towards personal goals, sleep better, feel stronger during difficult times, have closer family relationships, are more likely to help others and offer emotional support, and experience fewer symptoms of stress.
To cultivate gratitude, one can try the following practices:
Keep a Gratitude Journal: Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza suggested asking oneself the following three questions each day for a month to find more meaning and joy in life and experience inner transformation:
Who or what inspired me today?
What brought me happiness today?
What brought me comfort and deep peace today?
Write a Thank You Letter: Make a list of at least five people who have had a significant impact on your life and choose one to write a thank you letter expressing gratitude for all the gifts you've received from that person. If possible, deliver your letter in person. In studies of people who have practiced this form of gratitude, the results have been amazing. Often the recipient of the letter had no idea what an impact they had had on another person and were deeply touched by the expression of such authentic gratitude. A written letter can be more powerful than verbal thanks and can be re-read and treasured, creating joy and love that will continue to ripple out into the universe.
Take a Gratitude Walk: Set aside 20 minutes (or longer if possible) and walk in your neighbourhood, through a park, or around your workplace and focus on the things you are grateful for. This can be particularly helpful when feeling down or stressed. As you walk, ask yourself:
What am I grateful for in my surroundings?
What am I grateful for in my body and health?
What am I grateful for in my relationships and connections? What am I grateful for in my work and contributions?
Share Your Appreciation with Others: Take a few moments each day to share your appreciation with someone in your life. This can be through a simple thank you, a heartfelt compliment, or a thoughtful gesture. Sharing your appreciation with others can create a positive ripple effect and strengthen your relationships.
As for how this relates to a website dedicated opening your intuitive abilities, we can be aware of when we are in 'more' mode. In other words, sometimes instead of being grateful for the guidance and information we received, we instantly want more. "If I just knew this, or just could get more guidance on that, I'd be happier".
You know i'm your intuition's biggest fan, but I just wanted to put it out there so that we feel incredibly grateful for our awareness of it and the role it can play in our lives.
With that, I want to tell each and every one of you how incredibly grateful I am for the teaching moments you've allowed me to give and receive by working with me in workshops, facebook lives or at unforgettable retreats. I sincerely, truly, cherish every moment and look forward to having many more with you this year and moving forward. All my love and of course, gratitude, ~ Arlene