Welcome to Day 2 of The Miracle Of Gratitude.
How did you get on with this week’s exercise yesterday?
Have you had a chance to share at the forum yet?
Today I have an invitation for you:
Start each day with a grateful heart.
If you do this week’s gratitude project before you get out of bed in the morning, just imagine how it might impact your day?
Can you imagine how starting your day with gratitude in your heart, spending just a minute or two, really feeling a silent ‘thank you’, before you get out of bed could make a difference?
It’s the old ‘stubbed toe’ routine:
Jo gets out of bed and stubs his toe on the bedside table. He shouts. Hops. The air turns blue. It hurts! Stupid table! Grrrr!
Stomping down stairs, he sees the kitchen is a mess, the kettle needs topping up and he thinks about all the problems he’s got to handle today.
Jo pauses before getting up and spends a minute or two thinking about things he feels grateful for. He then gets up. He still stubs his toe on the bedside table. He hops. It hurts. The pain subsides. Jo calms down.
He goes downstairs and sees the messy kitchen, smiling to himself as he remembers last night’s friends coming round for dinner. He fills the kettle and makes himself a coffee, whilst noticing the birds singing and the sun peeping from behind a cloud. He wonders what today has in store.
There’s a reminder of how to do your week one Gratitude Project at the end of this email. How about doing it now?
If you have any questions, please pop by the forum – or if you’re really stuck you can reply to this email and we’ll do our best to get things sorted.
P.S. By the way, the images with gratitude quotes from the daily emails are also available for you to share with your friends, or for you to print out and use to inspire yourself throughout your day:
Reminder of your Week One Project & Useful Links
Week One Gratitude Project
- 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.