Did you have the chance to read Moving Beyond Stuckness (Part Three)? In that blog, I shared ways to connect to your inner wisdom, also known as your intuition.
How cool is it that we have our own internal guidance system? We just need to slow down enough to hear what it’s trying to tell us.
This blog is about one of my favorite things to talk about…GRATITUDE. When you’re feeling stuck in your life, this is one thing that can help you move past the stuckness.
What if I told you there’s one thing you can do each day that would take no time at all, but the payoff would be almost immediate?
It doesn’t matter what else is going on in your life at the time. In fact, doing this simple act could increase the quality of your life.
If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s gratitude.
I know “gratitude” is a buzzword now, and you may be wondering how to really add it into your life.
Like any habit change, I recommend that you take small steps. Setting too big of a goal can lead to self-judgment if not met. There’s already enough self-judgment in our lives that we don’t need to add to the mix. Agreed??
You can go about practicing gratitude in so many ways, so it’s all about what will work best for you and fit into your day. If you’re more of a paper and pen kind of person, grab a notebook to keep track of your “gratitudes.” What are the things you are grateful for? Would the “Notes” app on your phone be a good place to house everything?
This is all about YOU!
It can be so easy to focus on what’s not working well in your life. You can choose to transform your perspective in a way that can change your whole life.
Practicing gratitude switches your perspective from one that may be negative to really seeing all the positives in your life.
A good starting point is to come back into the present moment by the use of your senses. Do you have flowers in bloom around you, did you listen to music that moved you, or have you recently had a delicious meal that had your taste buds doing the happy dance?
This helps you to slow down and get in touch with the many things around you that you may easily take for granted.
What kinds of things are you grateful for? We all can easily rattle off the biggies like our family, friends, or special people in our lives.
Try to dig deeper. Maybe you are grateful for the beautiful view out your window. Maybe you are grateful for the great conversation you had at lunch with a friend. Maybe it was the fun song you heard (and sang along to) in the car.
Look for those small details that make your day awesome. When you start to notice them, you’ll quickly find you become aware of more and more.
Life isn’t easy, but gratitude–remembering all those things you are grateful for–can help to soften it and shift your perspective.
Go ahead and take a look at all the different areas of your life. What’s on your gratitude list? Do you struggle with this concept and need help exploring what it would look like for you? Feel free to touch base with me.