Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Artist: Lori Portka
Hello friends! I'd like to share this simple suggestion:
May you wake with gratitude.
What is gratitude, exactly? The dictionary tells us it is, "The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness".
Certainly it is both of these things AND recognizing the gifts we have. Gratitude is the ability to see through what may ail or bother us, getting beyond things troublesome, to view more clearly the truth under the emotions or judgments we reserve for our life and moment; and acknowledging the awesome beneath the ugh.
An example of gratitude?
We may wake feeling tired from a poor night's sleep, yet, we can be thankful for waking.
This is gratitude.
We may be troubled by our children's behaviors yet, we can recognize our fortune at being challenged and allowed to learn and grow with them.
This is gratitude.
But… why WAKE this way?
I've found that the first thoughts I have on waking often set the tone of my day. When I wake thankful, things just feel better, lighter, easier throughout the day. I can handle more challenges when I greet the day with thanks.
Of course, that's not to say that waking with gratitude is easy itself - at least, it's not easy at first; particularly when we're not feeling physically well, or when we're worried, or when we're used to waking with sleepy eyes, heavy limbs, and worried hearts about our expectations for the day. But I promise you, the effort it takes to say thank you in the morning is so very worth it.
How to start?
Start by simply saying thank you. :)
Your thank you doesn't have to be to anyone, or for anything specifically. Just a quick thank you before you climb out of bed. At first it may be a bit of a struggle; maybe you don't actually feel thankful. But… you will. You'll find it becomes habitual, and then… natural. Once you've established the habit, you can start to think about directing your thank you. Perhaps a thank you inwards --- something as simple as thanking yourself for waking. Then, when you're comfortable with that, maybe direct a thank you outward --- thanking the sun for rising. Or, give your thank you a physical presence ---- like a hug to your children for their natural ability to express joy at any moment. You'll find the more you express gratitude, the easier it becomes to FEEL grateful, and when you feel grateful, it's difficult to share that moment with feelings of resentment or worry or pain or frustration.
When you start your day feeling grateful, you're naturally directing your thoughts towards lightness and joy. Think about how good it feels when someone acknowledges YOU with a thank you. Why not do this for ourselves, too, in our everyday lives? Even if the feeling only lasts a short while, we can then be thankful for those moments of joy we have created. That something so simple can change our day, our lives, and the lives of those around us is inspiring! A cycle of gratitude, lightness, and joy... we all can use more of that! :)
Please let me know if you try waking with gratitude. How did it work for you? I'd love to know. And… THANK YOU for reading.