Need a good reason to start your own gratitude practice? Take a look at my first post “5 Reasons to Have a Daily Gratitude Practice”
Today I’m going to share how I perform my own gratitude practice. Ive adapted this from the Awesome With Alison podcast episode 24. I didn’t change much. It’s So good! I will say that it isimportant to note that you can perform your gratitude practice however works best for you. Whether that be keeping a gratitude journal or verbally saying the things you are grateful for. Both are great and equally as effective!
I find that I get a the most out of a verbal gratitude practice and I usually do it when I work out. I start my gratitude practice whenever I am at the gym. Usually during my warm up run. At the gym I am alone (No husband, no Baby ;). I can keep my mind focused and concentrated on what I am thankful for.
I’ve split my practice into 5 steps:
- GET MOVING. I’ve found that whenever I get my body moving I can easily clear my mind, which is essential to be able to be able to concentrate on my blessings. So MOVE THAT BOD! it can be however you want. Go on a walk, go for a run. If you can’t leave the house walk around your house or go up and down stairs. And if for some reason you can’t get moving. Don’t sweat it. There’s no rule that says you have to be walking to do your practice. Doing it is better than not doing it!
- BREATHING EXERCISE. To further clear my mind I do one of two breathing exercises for about 2-3 minutes. Breathe in for 4 count and out for 4 count. This breathing can help calm you if your feeling anxious or on edge. You can also breathe in for 4 and out for 8. As your breathing try to focus only on the breath and keep other thoughts out of your head.
- BEGIN TO STATE WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR. I love to listen to classical or just regular music while I do this.This can be easier said than done. If you’re having a hard time coming up with things you’re grateful for, start with what you can see. I’m thankful for this gym, it gives me my own personal time. I’m grateful for for my feet, my legs. They allow me to run and walk and exercise. I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for that tree, it creates oxygen. Etc etc. Do this for another 2-5 minutes.
- BEGIN TO STATE WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR IN THE FUTURE. This is where people can think this whole thing is really weird. But trust me! it’s so great. After a few minutes of saying what I am thankful for in my life right now, I like to start saying what I want to be thankful for, or thankful for things that I want to have happen. So I could say I’m thankful for my career that helps support my family. I am grateful that my baby is an angel on our up coming flight. I’m grateful to be a money magnet (lets face it, who doesn’t want to be a money magnet!! ;). Just think of things that you want to happen or want to have happen. There’s power in manifestation, and I’ll bet you’ll see some great changes.
- BEGIN TO STATE WHAT YOU LOVE. Say it! Say what you love. I love my Family, I love my husband, I love my body, I love my struggles they lead me to joy and happiness. I love my house. I love to say things that I love that I may be struggling with at the time, because when you overcome that trial or struggle you can come to love it. I LOVE MY LIFE. Say it! You have a wonderful beautiful life. You are wonderful and beautiful. Declare it! There is power in your words.
I hope you try it, I hope you can implement this into your life. I hope you can see the benefits of having a daily gratitude practice, because they will be there and they will be wonderful! Let me know if you have any questions or let me know if you love it, like it, hate it? Nope not possible its just to good!