“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart
Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Day Gratitude Program. If you’re only just catching up with us today go here first to find out what you need to do to get ready.
Gratitude is a powerful tool in any Lightworker’s kit. In fact, it forms an essential part of my Daily Habits. When we say thank you to the Universe, in effect we are placing an order where we are saying more please of all this good stuff, or other things equally as wonderful, or even better!
Today we’re going to initiate our gratitude habit using three primary tools – our hands, a journal and a gratitude rock. Then for the next 30 days we are going to continue this practice. Of course, I shall be spicing it up with extra little challenges and activities, but this shall be the basis of our daily practice.
Using the Gratitude Journal:
* Do this activity as close to the start of every day as possible. That way you are setting up your day energetically, inviting positive energy and putting yourself into a receptive and abundant state of mind.
Write down five Blessings for today. The Blessing can be anything for which you are thankful. It can be a big thing or a small thing, it can be from the present or the past, but you must be sincere in having gratitude for this thing in your life.
Write each Blessing like this:
I am grateful for (name the Blessing) because (explain WHY you are grateful for this thing).
Here’s mine from this morning (note that I have not censored this in any way… it’s here in all its inane glory, just so you understand that you can be grateful about anything!):
- I am so very grateful for cuddles in the big bed on cold mornings because they make me feel warm, loved and well rested.
- I am so very grateful for my sexy new computer because it is fast and efficient and I love using it.
- I am totally grateful for Bert (one of my dogs) because he fills my heart with love and happiness.
- I am truly blessed to have my sister, because I can talk with her about anything.
- I am grateful for socks, because they keep my feet warm and help me be healthy and strong.
Now Count Your Blessings:
Hold up your left hand (or your right, if that feels better to you). Now using your opposite hand, count a Blessing for each finger and thumb. This simple act of counting acts as a powerful physical anchor for the energetic state of Gratitude. Use the five Blessings you have written in your journal.
Count each Blessing like this – Touch your thumb and say Today I am grateful for _______________. As you list each Blessing, visualise that thing in your mind, and summon emotion about that thing. Feel yourself smile, or radiate love, or feel positive, encouraged, comforted or any other emotion that makes you feel good. Then say Thank You from your heart.
So my first Blessing sounded like this:
Today I am grateful for cuddles on the big bed. Then I thought about how lovely my cuddle was, and built up a warm, feel-good glow inside. From that feel-good space of gratitude I said a heart-felt Thank You.
When you have a clear picture and emotion, and you’ve said Thank You move onto the next finger. Touch that finger and repeat the process of counting your Blessing until you have counted your five.
Using the Gratitude Rock:
The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day. You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed. At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.
As you hold the stone say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. It doesn’t matter if your review your Blessings from this morning, or add in something new. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.
Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this 30 day challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.
Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.
Here’s my Gratitude Rock:
Thanks so much for joining us on this challenge. Don’t forget to invite your friends! The more energy we create, the more we all benefit from this activity. Wishing you a joyous day, full of shift and possibility. Congratulations – you are at the beginning of a grand and life-affirming adventure. Bless ♥ xx