Tip #3 – Gratitude

Defined as: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for kindness : the state of being grateful.

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t always easy. And seeing that light when life pulls the rug out from under you makes it feel impossible. But if you are willing to try the practice of gratitude you may get hooked when you see, and feel, the shift that takes place. When you start paying attention to the things around you, you become tuned in to the intentionality of life.

It is difficult when things don’t go the way you expect them to. But maybe you’ve noticed that many times it turns out even better? This is divine intervention.

Practicing gratitude can help us rewire our brains, known as neuro-plasticity, and live a more joyful life. Some people like to start their day off listing the things they are grateful for in their lives. This can be done before sleep, as well, as you go over your day and say thank you for the good things you experienced.

Remember, being grateful for the small things make the big things even better!

I start my day with meditation, followed by some Metta (loving kindness), and then prayer. And within my prayers I give thanks for anything I think of, my dog, my life, my upbringing, my frien. Thinking about the things in your life that you are grateful for raises your vibration and creates a shield of protection against negativity. Imagine living with a mind filled with resentment and regrets and how you would feel when things go “wrong” in your life.

Practicing daily gratitude will help you deal with the downswings of life from a more open space. You are less likely to let life pull you down when you are consistently focusing on what is going right in your life. And as a bonus, if you believe in the law of attraction, they say that what you focus your mind on you draw into your life. In other words, thoughts become things.

So many reasons to start practicing gratitude immediately. It’s good for you. It builds confidence and is an amazing practice of self-care, too.

Om shanti~

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Lynne Baum

Lynne Baum, ERYT, has been a full-time Yoga teacher since 2001. She believes meditation is the highest form of practice. and is writing her first book about the practice of Yin yoga.