Visualising Success: Gratitude
For part III of my visualising success series (check out vision wallpaper and affirmations) I wanted to focus in on an essential practice to living a life full of satisfaction. Gratitude has been sold to us under many different names for centuries from Christian prayer to Mayan sacrificial offerings. Not only can feeling grateful increase happiness and give perspective to our current situations, it can help focalise your energy into what you want more of in the future.
Three ways to start practicing gratitude:
This is probably the easiest way when you're starting off, head over to your local bookshop and walk into the self help selection for loads of choices - it's pretty on trend at the moment. What I like about journalling is that I can pop my book on my bedside table and then quickly jot a few things I'm thankful for right before bed.
Every morning I usual use my Headspace app and they have plenty of meditations dedicated to gratitude: acceptance, appreciation and love etc. Also, type into YouTube for more guided meditations. However, if you want to keep it simple, write one thing you are grateful for in your life on a piece of paper. It can be anything from having healthy legs to walk on, being able to afford accommodation or a family member. Now place the piece of paper in front of you and focus your eyes on the page taking some deep breaths. Set a timer if you have a limited amount of time and aim to close your eyes and still be able to visualise whatever you are grateful for.
3) Writing cards/messages
You might think your loved ones know how much you appreciate them, but why take the risk? Take a moment now to send a love letter to anyone in your life who's existence you feel grateful for. This can be anything from a gif with a heart to writing an actually letter including some chocolates and send it to them. Life's too short not to!
The benefits I've seen have been tremendous. Focusing in on the abundance I have in my life and how lucky I am to have enough money, loved ones and health is incredibly addictive. Light and dark can't take up the same space. So, by taking some time to appreciate the amazing life you have that's one less moment spent on negativity. If you're lacking inspiration for what you have to be thankful for - why not the device you're reading this very article on? Perspective is everything.
All my love, Sam