Day 14 – Gratitude Challenge

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If not you, who? If not now, when? ~ Garry Herbert

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

If there was a Gold Medal for consistency and commitment, today I would give one to you!  Well done – today you will complete two entire weeks of gratitude.

Gratitude is a powerful force for good in our world. Not only is it magnetic to attracting more positive emotions, experiences, and relationships, it is also able to be flowed from us to others so that we can uplift and support loved ones or strangers. In doing so we raise the vibration of all involved.

When we are grateful for the athletic ability, health, physicality and wellbeing of those around us, we also draw those qualities towards ourselves.

It’s a perfect time for that right now, while the Olympics are being held. But at any time in our lives, we can appreciate and give thanks for those who have these qualities of grace, power, and endurance or the values of good sportsmanship, enthusiasm, commitment and courage.

Can your positive thoughts actually influence someone else’s performance? Yes, it’s possible. If they are open to allowing, or are in a vibration that is aligned with your intention, then your energy strengthens and uplifts their own.  How do we do that?  Not by wanting them to win, and not by pleading or cheering from the sidelines (or the couch in front of television!).  We do it by holding them in appreciation – by being grateful for all that they are or all that they do and feeling that swell of pure love and gratitude for them in our hearts.

But what if you are nervous for them?  What if you are anxious about their performance, or negative in some way? Don’t worry – these energies are more about YOU than about the other person.

We are only ever affected by the negativity of others when we are also in a negative space.

The best way to stay in a positive vibration?

Count our many blessings and develop an attitude of gratitude!

You’ll never guess what team I support… Image by Getty Images from afr.com

Counting Our Blessings and Using our Gratitude Rock

If you need a detailed reminder of the process, you can review it here in Day 1 of the Gratitude Challenge.

  1. List five Blessings in your journal, explaining why you are grateful for each one.
  2. Count your Blessings off on your fingers, summoning positive emotion and saying Thank You from your heart for each one.
  3. Think of someone to whom you would like to flow health, well-being and positive physical energy.  Take a photo of them or write their name on a piece of paper.  Hold the photo or name in your hands and say I intend for you _____________ and I give thanks for the Blessing of _________ in your life.  Really feel that positive energy in your heart.  Now place the photo or name under your Gratitude Rock.  Know that as you affirm this for others, you are also allowing for similar energies to come into your own life.
  4. Tonight before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock and affirm I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Visualise one thing you have been grateful for today. 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, then imagine a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.
  5. Still holding your Gratitude Rock, bless your fellow travellers on this Gratitude Journey by sending them golden light, and saying 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.

If all you do today is these five steps, know that is enough.

Would you like to try another Gratitude Challenge?  Today’s exercise is designed to amplify health, wellbeing and positive physical energy in your life.

Australian rhythmic gymnast Naazmi Johnston. Photo by Jason South

Gratitude for the Grace of the Physical

Today, find a way to express gratitude for the health and wellbeing of someone else.  You could do this by sitting in a park, watching a jogger go by.  You could do it by watching a dancer, or a sporting event.

You could even do it by watching children run around in the playground.

Feel how easily their body moves.  Feel the energy within them, the power and the grace.  Feel their emotions of determination or control or give-it-everything-I’ve-got.

From your heart, feel appreciation for the sheer beauty and magnificence of the human form.  And when you’re ready, say a heartfelt Thank You.  Thank You to the person who is showing you this picture of athleticism and health.  Thank you to the Universe for our physical forms.

And if you’re watching a live (or live televised) sporting event, and you want to positively influence the outcome?  Just practice that emotion of supreme gratitude.  Let yourself be blown away with appreciation for their efforts, their skill, their ability and determination.  Let the outcome of the actual event or act become unimportant, and let your feel-good attitude become everything!

Enjoy!  ♥ xx

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16 thoughts on “Day 14 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. beyond words, just smiling, for two weeks now, such changes and transformative heart energy, feel it grounded and intensifying right through the centre of my being, my only prayer now is gratitude, to you Nicole and all my fellow travellers, lightworkers, beautiful souls, i say thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!! hugs sx

  2. This gratitude journal has helped me re-discover some really great quotes I’ve turned to in the past when I needed encouragement. Here’s one of them: “When God takes something from your grasp, he’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.” This journal has helped me remember that. Thanks Nicole. And gratitude and blessings for all the other gratitude pilgrims participating in this journey. xo –Lucinda

  3. Pfffff, I cannot tell you how much I’m loving this challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must confess I listen to your meditation every single night. You are incredible, Nicole!!!!!!!! :D

  4. I can’t get over that photo of the gymnast, how on earth is she doing that and looking so incredibly relaxed at the same time? It’s as if it’s no effort for her. Amazing! I’m being stunned every day by Olympic athletes, and I like your take on it. That last photo is wonderful. :-)

  5. loving every post and every idea in this continuing challenge. Just a quick correction. Your quote above by Gary Herbert is a paraphrase from a much more ancient saying of wisdom and thought it might interest you.
    It comes from the ancient text called Pirke Avot – the sayings of the fathers. This ancient work from the Mishna contains what might be considered the words of the masters of pithy wisdom. One of their most famous quotes: Im ein ani li mili, Uchsh’ani laztmi mah ani. V’im lo achshav aymati. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now when?
    The tractate includes several of the most frequently-quoted rabbinic sayings, such as the above (Avot 1:14). It is written in simple and terse Hebrew and is attributed to the great sage Hillel, who was famous for succinct expression
    much love light JOY and Gratitude :-D

  6. I’m starting to feel grateful for being grateful — nirvana?

    Posting early, today… BIG family reunion here in the Laurentian Mountains. I’ll be writing about how GRATEFUL I was to see them all… especially my 3 grandsons… in tomorrow’s update. YESSSS!

    So here’s Day 14, fresh out of the heart: http://muddlavoie.com/blog/rituals/30-days-of-gratitude-day-14/

    Peace & Love & Cha Cha Cha
    (don’t forget to DANCE)
    xoxo

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