Happy Thanksgiving week to those of you celebrating in the U.S.! Gratitude has been the perfect theme for this month given this holiday. November’s final blog post takes the practice of gratitude a bit deeper so you can benefit from more positive energy in your life.
If you’re anything like me, it’s natural to have thoughts that creep in while writing or speaking your gratitude list out loud that focus on lack. For instance, the statement “I”m so grateful for my car” might be infused with “but I wish it were nicer” etc, or “I’m grateful for my job” might be followed by a subtle “but I wish I didn’t have to work so much”…NOT helpful when you’re desiring on creating more positive energy for yourselves through the practice of gratitude.
One way to bypass these “lack” thoughts that like to creep in is adding the word ‘because’ with your gratitude practice. A lot of times simply writing or saying what you’re grateful for might not be enough to truly shift yourself into a better feeling space. And that’s okay. But rather than stopping there, connect what you’re grateful for to the WHY. This is powerful and will instantly fill you with this amazing energy. Here are some examples:
- I’m grateful for my car because it always works and it gets me to the places that I love going.
- I’m grateful for my best friend because she always listens to me and I know I’m important to her.
- I’m grateful for my body because I’m getting stronger and I’ve made so much progress with taking care of my health.
- I’m grateful for my job because I have a great boss that lets me have the freedom to get things done my way and I love that.
There are endless examples, but feel into how the statements feel when you stop before the “because” versus saying the entire sentence. It goes deeper and connects you to the love within you and all around you. Your mind isn’t able to wander and slip into lack when you’re connecting to the WHY. It’s impossible to not feel good.
Try using this technique this week when you’re with your families for the holidays and at the beginning of your yoga practice to amplify the wonderful energy you’re opening to. The energy of gratitude is powerful for helping you to feel better and attracts in more blessings. Please share your experiences with us on here, or on our Facebook, twitter, or Instagram accounts. We’d love to hear how your gratitude practice is enhancing your yoga practice on and off the mat by reminding you of the truly radiant beings that you are.
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