Day 26 – Gratitude Challenge

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

 

Human hearts are built for love – to give it, to receive it, to radiate it out into the world…

If you’ve discovered anything during our time together on this gratitude challenge so far, it is this – whenever we develop an attitude of gratitude toward something, we become magnetic towards that energy in our own lives. When we can find areas to be thankful for (even if the blessing feels very small), it opens us to receiving more of that good thing.

So today our focus is on love, and in particular on love relationships.

Love is literally all around us. It is the theme of countless songs, books and movies, it’s at the core of much of our television drama, and it’s played out in our families, with our friends and workmates and in our own lives.

If you are in a love relationship, today, give thanks for that. Think back to when you were first together, and the special moments you shared, think of the love and support you’ve had through the hard times, and the bonds you’ve created together. Celebrate and give thanks for your partnership. Tell them Thank You for loving me.  I’m so grateful to have you in my life. This works a kind of magic on relationships that need revitalization too – whatever we appreciate grows dearer to us, and gains more life and positive energy.  I have seen tired and stagnant relationships blossom under these small attentions.

If you are single, or in a relationship where there is no love, then put your attention on those who have the sort of relationship you would like for yourself. Not to be envious of it – to be thankful for it. Swell that feeling of gratitude in your heart that there are people in the world who have the love you are yearning for.  See them in their happiness and commitment, think of their compatibility, their chemistry, their devotion. Then give genuine thanks for that example of lasting love. Be grateful that such love exists.  Feel excited and uplifted by the possibility of a similar energy of love in your own life. Say Thank You for showing me that True Love is possible.  Thank you for strengthening the energy of Love in the world.

Most of all, practice and give thanks for loving yourself. When we love and treat ourselves well, we attract loving partners who treat us with similar kindness, care and respect!

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As you go throughout your day today, look for evidence of love everywhere. Be that love in your own life.

Now let’s build up some more of that attitude of gratitude with our daily practice…

Counting Our Blessings and Using our Gratitude Rock

If you need a detailed reminder of our daily 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. Write the following words on a piece of paper and add them to the ones already under your Gratitude Rock (and trust that I have a plan for these pieces of paper!): I now gratefully open to the energy of Love in my life. I am magnetic to a magical and sacred Union and I welcome it into my Life. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
  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.

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

Want to join me for today’s Gratitude Challenge?  If so, here it is:

Heart Healing 

Today’s challenge might be, well, challenging…

Today I want you to close your eyes, and hold an image in your mind of someone who has hurt you in a love relationship. Sincerely, and from your heart, I want you to say Thank you for this Learning Experience.  I forgive you, I wish you well, and I release you with Love. I am grateful for our time together, that taught me so much. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

You can do this process more than once if it feels right to forgive more than one person.

Now hold a picture of yourself in your mind. Sincerely, and from your heart, I want you to say Thank you for being brave enough to Love.  I forgive you, I wish you well, and I release you with Love. I am grateful that I have learned so much. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Finally, hold a picture in your mind of a couple who have the kind of love energy you would like to enjoy in your own life. Or if you are a strong visualiser, imagine yourself already in that type of love relationship. You don’t need words for this – just build a strong energy of love, gratitude, joy and appreciation.

If you are at a time in your life where you no longer desire a relationship external to yourself, visualise a strengthened sense of self-love and a heightened spiritual connection.

Finish this activity by saying I am worthy of Love. I am magnetic to Love. I give thanks for the Love in my life. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Valentine Tree by Alice Mason

14 thoughts on “Day 26 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. So beautifully timed. My husband and I met 19 years ago TODAY. Very much a day to focus on love and be grateful/thankful for all that it brings.

  2. This is a tricky one. I’m delighted if there are people who are genuinely happy in their relationships, but I know too many unhappy couples to be convinced that it’s right for everyone. Being single can be a blessing, and the love of family and friends can be just as valuable, I think. That’s just my personal viewpoint but I mention it because there’s sometimes too much pressure from society to be in a relationship. From my school days I know of only one person that hasn’t been divorced and that’s because he’s never married. If you want to be in a love relationship and you find someone who complements you and you complement them then that’s really great, but no-one should feel they have to conform. Maybe I’m just a cynical divorcee! :-)

    • What a thoughtful comment, Lorna.

      Some people are so wonderful in their own company and being single, or in that post-relationship space. That’s why I wrote: “If you are at a time in your life where you no longer desire a relationship external to yourself, visualise a strengthened sense of self-love and a heightened spiritual connection.”

      I think that the most important relationship we can ever have is with ourselves first. From that all other relationships are formed, and yet it’s the one we often neglect.

      I agree that being in a love relationship doesn’t suit everyone. There are no rules where the heart is concerned, but everyone needs love, and to be able to feel and express love, whatever love means to them.

      I have seen so many people who had given up on love find it again in the most unexpected ways. Life never ceases to delight and amaze me.

      Much love to YOU, gorgeous soul ♥ xx

      • Quite right, and I would never want to give up on love. It’s run through the whole of this gratitude challenge because so much of what we have to be thankful for revolves around it, and I agree with you that it’s fundmental to life. I can’t imagine life without it and I wouldn’t want to. Much love to you too, dear gal! :-) x

  3. Well, today I’m grateful for having found my mission in life — the GRATITUDE CHALLENGE has cracked my shell… has made me step out of my comfort zone… has opened me up to all the possibilities that are out there for me if only I want to BE who I was meant to BE.

    So here’s my blog post for Day 26… in which you’ll find a short sample of my talent for talking to birds. Don’t forget: I’m available for birthdays, weddings, and bar mitzvahs ;-)

    http://muddlavoie.com/blog/rituals/30-days-of-gratitude-day-26-bird-talk/

    We are on the last stretch of our beautiful journey…
    hope everybody is enjoying the ride!

    LOVE
    Mudd
    xoxo

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