How have you been getting on with your Week One Gratitude Project? Have you had a chance to get started yet?
Or have you got ‘gratitude stage fright’? You’re sitting there, racking your brain, trying to think of things to feel grateful for, but nothing’s coming…
Yet we know we feel grateful about plenty of stuff!
Gratitude Stage Fright is a common problem.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, it’s worth popping by the forum (login details were in your Soul-Sized Living email) and checking out how people are answering the question:
And if you’d like to do this week’s sixty-second gratitude exercise right now (reminder at the bottom of this email), how about picking these 3 things to feel grateful for:
(1) If you’re reading this then you can read or have someone to read it to you and…
(2) If you’re understanding these words, then your brain has enough oxygen, which means you are breathing and…
(3) If you’re breathing, it means you’re alive.
These three points are a great place to start with your Week One Gratitude Project.
Want to share what you’re feeling grateful for? How about joining in with things on Facebook &Twitter?
There’s a special Miracle Of Gratitude Facebook page where you’re welcome to post whatever is inspiring you to share.
Or you could write your 3 things you feel grateful for as your Facebook status. If you want to link it to the Miracle Of Gratitude Facebook page, type @Miracle Of Gratitude – it’ll show up as a live link when it works. You have to have ‘liked’ the page.
You could also make the most of the Facebook ‘hashtag’ feature. We’re using the hashtag #miracleofgratitude to make it easy for everyone in the project to share and connect.
Simply add it to the end of your ‘gratitude status’ and it will show up as a clickable link, helping you to find others doing the same thing. 🙂
The same hashtag is valid on Twitter, too: #miracleofgratitude.
And how about sharing your first few days’ experiences in the special Week One Discussion in the forum?
I’d love to hear from you.
Reminder of your Week One Project & Useful Links
Week One Gratitude Project[audio:http://]
- Take a deep breath and breathe out with a sighing ‘ahhh’ sound.
This helps you to let go of tension. Repeat 3 times, if you need to, to help you relax.
- Smile a gentle smile – a ‘half-smile’.
‘Half-smiling’ helps you to let go of any stresses, to rebalance your body’s sympathetic nervous system (‘fight or flight’ / adrenalin) with your parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) and it gently starts the releasing of endorphins – your body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormones.
- Think of 3 things you feel grateful for.
It doesn’t have to be ‘big’ or ‘serious’ – whatever comes to mind. Think of one at a time, pausing on each one for at least 20 seconds, allowing yourself to fully experience a sense of gratitude – an inner ‘thank you’ – for whatever it is.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, how about starting with the fact that you’re alive, you’re breathing and you’re able to somehow read this message?
- Thank yourself.
Thank yourself for taking the time to practice gratitude today. And make a date with yourself to do it again tomorrow.
- Release the practice.
Let go of the practice. There’s no need to analyse, critique, judge or tell yourself stories. It will most likely feel different each day. And that’s ok. What matters is consistency – doing it as many days of the year as you can remember (hopefully these emails / the forum / the Facebook page will help with that!).
Here’s the members-only community (private) and even the Facebook Page (public), where you can ask questions, share your experiences and support others who are joining in with the Miracle Of Gratitude.