We tend to be stuck living in a world that was created by our Monkey Minds, stuck with its old fears, worries, habits, baggage and projections. This leads to stress, unhappiness, ‘dis-ease’, anxiety and broken relationships. 🙁
But the solution to all of this is there, waiting for you – in your heart. 🙂
Is it time to move from living in your head, to living from your heart?
As soon as you move from your head to your heart:
- your thinking calms
- your breathing slows
- your body’s stress / relaxation systems move back towards balance
- stress starts to fade
- tension – physical and mental – starts to release
- it’s easier to smile
- it’s easier to think about more positive, happy things
… and that’s just the beginning.
Gratitude is the single, most effective way to shift from living in your Monkey Mind to living in your heart.
How about trying it, right now?
Imagine you are bringing your awareness from your head and firmly guiding it to sit in your heart.
Let it settle here for a few moments, while you breathe in and out of your heart.
Notice what you notice.
Did you feel the shifts?
Weaving gratitude into your daily life is perhaps the most potent thing you could do this year, to change your life (apart from chewing properly, but that’s another article :-)).
So I’m inviting you – this World Gratitude Day – to finally take the step towards shifting your experience of life to move closer to the one you have been dreaming of.
Gratitude is a way of experiencing life from the perspective of love, rather than fear.
Having a daily gratitude habit can:
- shift the way you experience life – fast and forever (in a good way!)
- help you to see the positives in events that would previously have bugged you
- help you to feel more at peace and generally happier and less stressed
- give you a deeper perspective on life’s events, coming from your heart’s wisdom, rather than your monkey mind’s drama
- provide a ‘safety net’ for you, if life throws you lemons
- get you smiling, for no particular reason, as you go through your day
- help you to better handle difficult emotional situations
- more easily give you compassion for those who behave unkindly
Not sure where to start?
Here are 10 things you could do today, to spread a wave of gratitude around your world.
How about using this year’s World Gratitude Day as an excuse to get started?
- Get Your Gratitude On Facebook!
We run a Facebook page that’s all about gratitude – it’s called the Miracle Of Gratitude.
If you pop by and ‘like’ the page, then you’ll get daily gratitude goodies in your news feed – and you can also ‘join’ the World Gratitude Event, to connect with others who will also be celebrating this year.
- Get Monday Morning Gratitude Inspiration – Each Week
Did you know that you can get a weekly gratitude round-up – straight to your inbox, each Monday Morning, and it’s absolutely free? To start your week with the latest gratitude articles, insider secrets and resources, here’s where to register: Please send me weekly gratitude emails!
- Change Your Life With Daily Gratitude minutes
This is the core technique for my gratitude journal and my gratitude kick start course – spending a minute or two really letting gratitude into your life.
It’s a great way to start your day – or to turn things around when the lemons arrive 😉
Here’s a link to a video to take you through it – if you enjoy it, please share it with your friends!
Change Your Life Now With Gratitude Minutes.
- Say Thank You To As Many People As You Can
… and mean it!
We’re not talking cursory half-mumbled ‘thank yous’ here – we’re talking about proper, heart-felt gratitude.
Who could you say ‘thank you’ to today?
- Look In The Mirror
When did you last say ‘thank you’ to yourself? We tend to be about 100 times more likely to criticise ourselves than to acknowledge the good in who we are and what we do. How about taking a moment to look in the mirror and say ‘thank you’ to yourself? Want to go for the max? Say ‘thank you’ for at least 3 things!
- Do A Gratitude Meditation
Do one of your own – or there’s one that comes with my gratitude journal, for the readers’ club members.
- Write A Thank You Note
Remember the ‘olden days’ when it used to feel lovely to get a letter or a card? Somehow an email or text just doesn’t create the same heart-lifting feeling.
There’s bound to be someone in your life today who would appreciate a ‘thank you’ note – it doesn’t have to be elaborate or on a beautiful notecard – simply grab a pen and some paper and write a note from your heart. It might just make their day.
- Start A Daily Gratitude Journal
Start a journal! Choose a special notebook and write in it – each day – about things you feel grateful for.
Psychology researchers have shown that doing this for as little as 3 weeks can have a measurable positive impact on your experience of life.
If you want to take things to the next level and be inspired to really make gratitude part of your every-day life – easily – then Gratitude: A Daily Journal might be just what you’re looking for.
Of course, in true BBC style: “other gratitude journals are available!” 😉
And here are some articles to give you inspiration about how to do it, what to write and how to avoid the usual mistakes that can put people off! Gratitude journals: top tips and insider secrets.
- Give Your Gratitude A Kick Start
If you’d like to spend the next seven days making a fast-acting start to your gratitude habit, then you’ll enjoy my Gratitude Kick Start programme.
To celebrate World Gratitude Day, I am waiving the usual donation for this course for everyone who signs up by September 22nd – it’s yours, as my gift.
- Take Gratitude To The Next Level
If your heart is calling you to really dive in deeply and make a commitment to gratitude becoming part of your experience of life, then you might want to join my Miracle Of Gratitude – Inner Circle group mentoring programme. I won’t go into details here – if it’s calling to you, you can find out how to apply at the above link.
Which of these could you choose – right now – to help you take that first step on your journey?
It doesn’t have to be a huge leap – but setting your intention to move towards living from your heart, with gratitude, will open the door for miracles to arrive in your life!
What are you going to do, to celebrate World Gratitude Day, this year?
I’d love to hear from you, via the comments box!