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I have been part of a yoga challenge lately where we would post a picture on instagram and write about things we fell grateful about. And because I am currently studying the Chakras I felt like sharing some thoughts. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to feel and see what to be grateful about, other days its easy. The days you really struggles it might be smart to start with your breathe focusing on little positive thing and you might feel gratefulness arising, spreading around in your body a tiny bit. One good emotion might lead you to another good emotion.
Good emotions to be grateful for might be to be able to get up in the mornings, using your legs and hands. Maybe move the focus from what you dont have to what you actually have. Another to what you can do instead of what you cannot do.har. If you manage one push up from your knees its really good to think positively about that instead of criticizing oneself for not managing a straight one.
Every morning when Iwake up I start the day reading some positive food for the soul. This is my routine and channel to find this joy and allowing it grow inside. Further down I will give you 3 examples on how to train to become more grateful. But first I would love to share a little interview I did with my pranic and chakra healer teacher Lani Reagan.
– Many people seem to lack ability to see the good in life – what do you think would be a good way to change the mindset from negativity to find more gratitude?
Gratitude is something we choose to become. Instead of finding it, simply be it. Being grateful is only difficult when we are choosing to stay in our mental suffering, complaining, or lamenting. Even instances where there is outright oppression and physical limitations, gratitude has the ability to preserve the spirit of a person, changing their frequency and how they are received in the world, as well as changing their degree of receptivity. When we fail to have gratitude we close ourselves off from receiving. The mistake is in believing that if we re-hash the details of our upsets, we will somehow find relief, but we are by-passing one of the most effective tools by failing to be grateful. In so doing we can build a strong mental pattern towards negativity and inner suffering. Only when we become open to real relief, can we choose to be grateful. If all you have to be grateful for is the breath that is moving through your body, that’s a good enough place to start. Plus, understanding that we can be grateful that our lot isn’t as bad as someone else’s, does put things into perspective.
– When one starts feeling more gratitude, what happens then?
Gratitude is like a magnet that draws our greater good to us. When our egos are too invested in being right, as the mind complains about our circumstances, we become a magnet for that type of suffering to appear in our lives over and over again. Only when we are grateful for the good in our lives no matter how small, does the Universe begin to bring us more of that good in larger amounts. If you give someone a gift and there is no gratitude, how much will you be moved to give them a gift in the future? So it is the same in setting ourselves up to receive more, by being grateful for what we already have. As well, even the words, “I am grateful” are more potent than the words, “I have gratitude” for saying “I am” and using an active form of the word induces change in mindset. You can even experiment with practicing to be grateful while noticing what happens when you move through your day. You may be surprised at the opportunities that come your way and the people you connect with.
– What happens with the energies and chakras when you change your mindset?
Our chakras are the means by which our bodies have access to clean Life Force (chi/prana/ki) for healing and wellness. When our chakras are congested or depleted through stress or trauma, our bodies decrease in their resiliency. When we apply the act of being grateful and having an over all attitude of gratitude, our heart chakras expand. This expansion makes us feel more peaceful and open. Simultaneously, the solar plexus expels out the dirty energy that comes with stressful thought patterns. Our overall vibration then shifts and this vibration is what goes out into the environment co-creating improved positive experiences that tend to multiply the more constant our state of gratitude becomes. It’s easy to forget to be grateful, but well worth remembering when we hear ourselves overly complaining or venting.
– What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude is more than being grateful on occasion. I have noticed that being grateful has become so ingrained in my neurological system because I’ve had constant opportunities to practice through the “obstacle courses of life”, that I regularly feel light and radiant. My ability to weather the down times seems stronger and my state of inner peace more sustained and anchored. As well, I usually, instantly see the larger purpose and the good in an event, no matter how bad it appears to be or feel in the moment. Thus, gratitude is not only a way for me to maintain positivity, but it has increased my degree of intuition. My ability to peer deeply into a matter has sharpened. Gratitude to me means receptivity and it’s more fun being receptive than it is being resistant. It’s my happiness key!
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3 tips about how to achieve more gratefulness in your life.
- Write down in a favorite little book what you are grateful for. There are many ways to do this. You could choose to make it a rituale in your life for instance on New Years Eve writing down 5 things you felt grateful about that year. Or you can make this a weekly (pick a day) – what was I grateful for this week, Its super to include your kids. Or maybe when you open your eyes in the morning reflecting upon something you truly feel grateful for. This will help focusing more on the good than the lacks in life.
- Deepak Chopra recommend in one of his book to do a gratitudewalk, in a park, in the neighborhood, around the office building or in nature a pace for about 20 minutes. Pay attention for you senses, what you see around you, smell, feel, hear. This will open the contact to the world around you.
- Make a decision about beeing positive to what surrounds you when you wake up. The more you focus on the positive things around you the more you will feel you are present here and now. Your spiritual side will awaken and your days will feel more intense and better.Your humanity will get boosted.
Hopefully you got some good ideas about being your own positive magnet for yourself and open up to more joy and appreciation in your life.
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Best wishes Monica