In this post, I want to answer a question that I got about the best way to practice gratitude.
First, here’s a short video I made to answer this question:
This question came in relation to the gratitude practice that I describe in my free Get Unstuck Mini-Guide.
This practice is just simply naming a few things that you’re grateful for every day. It doesn’t matter if they are big things, like health, or seemingly insignificant things, like being grateful for watermelon or Netflix. 😍
Gratitude Question One
This question came from my friend Liz, who asked:
It is absolutely okay to have the same gratitude every day, as long as it doesn’t become rote for you.
When you are doing gratitude practice, aim to generate the feeling of gratitude, to try to feel the emotion in your mind and body.
So, if it’s something that generates the emotion of gratitude in your body and your mind, that’s perfect. And if you’re deeply grateful for the same thing over and over, no problem. In fact that’s fantastic! Personally, I am deeply grateful for good health, every single day, especially during these COVID times.
For example, when I say, “I’m grateful for good health,” it never gets old, never feels rote. I feel this strong sensation of thanks and joy and comfort in my health, both in my mind and in my body.
Gratitude Question Two
I’ll answer another question that was also asked by my friend, Liz.
Liz gave me this example: “Like, is it okay to be grateful for my local natural park, or do I need to focus on the sun shining on the fiery red leaves?”
Here’s my answer:
Both of those are fabulous.
Your gratitude can be very specific and detailed like the sun on the leaves, or it can be bigger and broader and more general.
The important point is that the gratitude that you say should produce the feeling, the emotion of gratitude in your mind and body. If your general gratitude produces that feeling, then you’re golden.
In Liz’s case we were talking on the phone and I could hear in her voice the emotion of gratitude for the local park. She clearly really loves and appreciates it. So for her the general gratitude is great.
On the other hand, if something big and general doesn’t really create those emotions of thankfulness in you, then try something more specific, like Liz’s example of the sun on the leaves.
Of course, if specific things don’t produce the feeling, then go with something more general.
Either way works just as long as it creates that deep feeling of gratitude in your body.
How Does a Gratitude Practice Help You?
The great thing about this feeling of gratitude in your body is that it allows you to experience the life you wish to have.
In the world of manifesting, we often talk about tools and practices that will help you change your life and become the person you dream of being.
To me, the wonderful thing about expressing gratitude is that when you are saying and feeling grateful, you actually are the person that you wish to be in that moment.
So, when you’re expressing gratitude, you actually have the same feeling that you would have if you were in the place or the mental space or the situation that you want to be in your life.
I hope that makes sense.
Being the Person You Dream of Being Right Now
It’s not like like you’re trying to imagine some dream existence in the future. When you’re expressing gratitude, you actually are that person.
This is assuming that you want to be a person who has so much love, abundance and success that they feel grateful for it.
I know I do, so when I’m in that emotion of gratitude, for something or someone who is in my life right now, I actually become for a moment the person that I wish to be. It’s a wonderful thing.
Being grateful then is a very, easy, quick way to experience being the person that you aspire to be, right now.
And the great part about this is not only that it makes you feel wonderful, but it also moves you toward fulfilling more of your dreams.
Today I may be grateful for clear skies and good health. My gratitude practice actually moves me toward achieving some of the things I dream of — a house in a particular neighborhood, a business that helps more women, etc.
I hope that helps!
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Now it’s Your Turn
I invite you to try a daily gratitude practice.
And I’d love to hear from you.
What kind of gratitudes work better for you? More specific or general a mix?
Let me know by writing a comment below.
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