Today I’d like to share a magical exercise with you, to help you shape where you want to take this miraculous gratitude journey. It’s a simple exercise – all you need to do is let go and enjoy the process. It’s all about working with the power of your imagination.
A Life-Changing Magic Trick?
For the next few moments, I invite you to imagine how that experience will grow and transform, over the coming months, until the end of your year of The Miracle Of Gratitude.
Really allow yourself to relax into these questions:
- How might you be feeling, having dedicated a few minutes a day to experiencing heart-felt gratitude?
- What might have shifted?
- How will you know that it has created shifts for you?
- Which shifts would you like it to create?
- What kinds of thoughts will you be thinking?
- How will you be experiencing and responding to life?
It’s worth letting the answers to these questions bubble up, because they hold the key to staying motivated for the whole of this wonderful experiment, and…
… There’s a bit of a magic technique in there…
That which we can imagine, we can create.
Having imagined what it will feel like and how life will be when you have dedicated a few minutes each day to experiencing gratitude this year, it means you have connected with that ‘future you’.
The ‘future you’ will change and grow over time. But once you have connected with them, why bother waiting to ‘become’ that ‘future you’? How about doing it right now?
You have already experienced, through asking yourself the questions, how the future you will be living life. If you can connect with that, then it’s already available to you as part of your current reality . There’s no need to wait!
How about choosing to experience life, right here, right now, from the perspective of that ‘future you’?
How about thinking those thoughts today? Feeling those emotions? Responding in that ‘shifted’ way?
All of it is waiting for you. The way you ‘used to’ do it can be lovingly released in a single breath.
Are you up for experiencing today from the enlightened perspective of the ‘future you’?
Go on! We’re there with you!
Want to share the journey? Are you ready to live life as the ‘future you’?
Week 3 Gratitude Project & Useful Links
Mindful Breathing – With Gratitude
Here’s a transcript of the meditation:
The Gratitude Breath Meditation
Start by sitting with your back fairly straight. Imagine a thread pulling through the crown of your head, gently lengthening your spine, allowing a space to form between each vetebra. You’re not looking for ramrod straight; you’re looking for gentle, natural curves, with a relaxed stretch. And as that thread draws up through the crown of your head, gently lengthening the lumbar spine, all the way up to the thoracic spine, and the neck… tucking the chin under slightly, to elongate the back of the neck and release any tension… Then we’ll start with three deep sighing breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, with an ‘ahh’ sound.
3 sighing breaths.
Feeling the tension melting away…
For the next few moments, I’d like you just to let your awareness – focus – your attention – rest on your breathing; accepting your breathing and not trying to change it in any way…
And if your mind wanders, how about giving it a job? Bringing your awareness back to your breath… and this time, as you breathe in, consciously choosing to think: Thank you for my life-giving breath; and as you breathe out: Thank you for my life-giving breath…
And for the next few moments, I invite you to really connect with the organs and the muscles and other bits and bobs in the body that allow you to breathe; and as you breathe in and out, saying a silent ‘thank you’ to your diaphragm… to your lungs… all of the muscles and the tendons… and everything else that allows you to breathe… whether breathing is effortless for you… or whether sometimes it’s more of a challenge… Thank you diaphragm… Thank you lungs… Thank you body… Thank you breath…
And allow that sense of gratitude to grow… as your breath fills your body with life-giving energy… and the out-breath carries away the old by-products and toxins… allow that thank you to flow through every oxygenated cell in your body…
And when you’re ready… it’s time to release today’s practice… making sure your feet are flat on the ground, imagine you’re growing roots from the soles of your feet, deep into the earth… and these roots are connecting you with the earth beneath you… breathing in from the earth… breathing out into the earth… and you might see those roots; you might feel them physically; you might even hear them as they grow… and when you have a strong sense of those roots, anchoring you into the earth, take a deep sighing breath… a little stretch, keeping your eyes gently closed… rubbing the palms of your hands together, creating some warmth… and when you can feel that warmth, cupping that warmth over your gently closed eyes… opening your eyes behind those hands and gently spreading your fingers, to let the light in, bit by bit… rubbing your face… a good stretch and a good yawn! Thank you… That’s your “Thank you breath” meditation. I wish you a wonderful day!
When you have had a chance to play with the week three Gratitude Project, please remember to pop by the forum and share your experiences: Week 3 Discussion Thread