Bring gratitude into your life, for consciously choosing to feel grateful is a powerful practice.
Now, I know that life can be challenging and that your health might not be what you’d like it to be. Perhaps family or colleagues are causing you grief. Maybe you’re experiencing low self-esteem and find it difficult to be grateful for yourself, or you’re worried about what’s going on in the world and what the future holds.
Practising gratitude isn’t about denying the challenges and difficulties you may be experiencing.
It’s about choosing to feel grateful for the good you DO have in your life.
It’s easy to get stuck in what we think we lack, or to become overwhelmed by the injustices in this world. In that headspace, you’re likely to feel heavy and low in energy and defeated.
I don’t believe you were born to live life in this way. You were born into a human body with a mind and senses and consciousness to embrace life.
Embracing gratitude and thankfulness for what you do have in your life lifts the spirit and raises your vibration.
The science of gratitude
If you can find any authentic reason to give thanks and place your attention there, well, science and statistics say that you’re going to feel better on many levels.
There’s a growing body of scientific research, which shows that people who consciously choose to live with gratitude, experience measurable physical and psycho-social benefits.
Research indicates that people who choose to live with gratitude:
- experience more positive emotions and less depression
- sleep better
- exercise more and generally look after their health
- express more compassion and kindness
- feel greater empathy for others
- enjoy higher self-esteem
- have stronger immune systems
If you’re stuck in a rut of challenging emotions such as doubt and fear and anger you’re going to have more stress hormones flooding your system which has long-term health impacts.
Let gratitude change your mind
If you choose to lift yourself out of that rut and offer thankfulness, and if you reflect on even the little things you’re grateful for, then you will shift your inner landscape and biochemistry.
So, take a moment. Take some deep, cleansing breaths.
And call to your heart, one person, thing or place in your life for which you feel grateful today.
Let that feeling fill your heart with gratitude. Sit and breathe with it for a few minutes.
Let your gratitude flow through you and out from you to kiss the whole universe, for
“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.” Sri Chinmoy
This is taken from my forthcoming new book Peace Lies Within: 108 ways to tame your mind and connect to inner peace, coming out autumn 2018.
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