Day 8 – Gratitude Challenge

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~ Innerspace

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first full week of gratitude. Well done. ♥  You are gently retraining your brain to remove resistance to flow, and installing habits of appreciation and abundant thinking.

We are all looking for greater flow in our lives. When we are in ‘flow’ life just works, somehow.  We find the right job, the money is there, we have love and music and contentment in our hearts. When we are in flow doors open… miracles happen… life just feels good.

The greatest obstacle to flow is resistance. Resistance isn’t something external to us. It is our internal dialogue.  I’m sure you know what I mean.  That thing we do where our head gets filled with grumbles and complaints:

Not fair.  Too hard.  No fun.  Not enough.  Not worthy. Too much money.  Not enough money.  Too fat. Not smart. How come she gets that? How come he got that? When’s it my turn?  It’s never my turn. I’m an idiot. I can’t believe I did that. I don’t deserve that. That good thing will never happen for me.

Can you feel how anti-magnetic those kind of thoughts are to the good stuff?

Can you feel how magnetic these thoughts are to more cranky, miserable and impoverished kinds of events, relationships and outcomes?

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The antidote to resistance is…

Yes, you know what I’m going to say…

Finding an attitude of gratitude.

When we can find something to be grateful for, no matter how difficult our current circumstances, we begin to ease ourselves out of that struggle energy and back into flow.

So let’s get into that affirming energy that allows us to move from flow to allowing, by counting our Blessings.

Daily Gratitude Practice – Count Our Blessings and Use 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. 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.
  4. 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 each day is these first four steps, know that is enough.

If you feel especially flat, then carry your Gratitude Rock with you, or lie/sit in bed at the start or end of the day, and hold it over your heart so that its energy can recharge you.

If you have an abundance of gratitude and feel-good energy, send some extra to your fellow travellers on this journey, with the intent to uplift those who need it. You can do this as easily as closing your eyes and imagining or intending it be so.

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The beautiful thing about this challenge is that we are all in this together, helping and energising each other, and amplifying our collective energy.

Are you ready to dissolve more resistance?  If your answer is yes, then join me for today’s additional Challenge:

I’m So Happy For You, and Thankful for Your Success!

Think of something you really want.  It could be a soul mate, a great promotion, a publishing contract, a gold medal…

It’s okay that you don’t have it yet. Someone else does.  And their having it proves that it’s also possible for you to have it.  The energy of their success is something you can draw to you and make your own, because gratitude amplifies the energy of what we are thankful for and creates it in our own lives.

Today, think of something you really want. Then think of someone who has it already.

Maybe you want a loving and lasting relationship, and your grandparents still hold hands and adore each other after 50 years of marriage. Hold a picture of them, and of their beautiful relationship in your mind. Swell your heart with feel-good emotion and gratitude for their loving relationship.  Then say “I’m so happy for you, and for your success. I am thankful for the energy of a loving marriage.” Really feel those words, and mean them with all your heart.

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Maybe you want a publishing contract.  Think of an author whose books and success you admire. (This won’t work if you are resentful of them or jealous of them, or think their books suck.)  Hold a picture of the author, and of their incredible sales figures and wonderful books in your mind. Swell your heart with feel-good emotion and gratitude for their success as writers.  Then say “I’m so happy for you, and for your success. I am thankful for the energy of being a successful published author.” Really feel those words, and mean them with all your heart.

Whatever it is that you want to experience, find ways to be grateful for that energy as it already exists in the Universe. There is no surer way to melt that resistance and magnetise yourself to that Abundance.

Wishing you an inspired day of awakening and awareness. I am so very grateful that you choose to share this Gratitude Journey with me. Bless ♥ xx

26 thoughts on “Day 8 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. Nicole, The last 8 days have been amazing!!! My energy and attitude have shifted so much.. I have anchored in an early morning routine to start off the day. (makes the world of difference)
    And just knowing that there is a connection there with other like minded souls is so important to me.. I Am pretty sure my life is turning around, this has been a missing link.. I think u are just a genius the way you have worked out how to live happily in this world.. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou from my heart to yours and everyone else on this blessing of a journey.. Xx
    P.S. Today’s challenge is just perfect ✨

    • I am feeling the same way and love the part where we think of others on this journey. What an amazing and wonderful way to live! Felt compelled to thank YOU, fellow traveler, for your participation in this challenge. Peace!

      • ✨ Sending love and peace right back atchya Julie, may your heart always be full of love and joy. ✨

  2. Thank you thank you thank you.
    Today’s challenge is just so “feel good” for me. Loving this with all my heart.

  3. Love today’s quote- one of my favourites from Melody Beattie.. Like Simone I love todays add on challenge to Today, think of something you really want. Then think of someone who has it already.
    Also so important to be in the flow…….:)

  4. Nicole, I’m really looking forward to today’s challenge … thank you! And sending lots of positive energies, love and gratitude for everyone participating in this wonderful time with us! xoxox

  5. There seems to be so much turmoil and strife for so many around me right now – is it OK to be grateful I don’t have that?? Do you think the recent solar flare activities are affecting many in an adverse and uncomfortable way? Love to you all X

  6. I think the collective energy is working. My first few days doing this challenge were not as positive as I would have liked, but I find that today I feel a lot better and the idea of sending out good energy to the other people involved in this challenge and receiving it from them, is wonderful. It was such a good idea of yours, this! 🙂

  7. This Challenge is positive in so many ways… and disturbing in some many ways as well! I would never have imagined how the simple act of *looking for gratitude* every single day… concentrating on finding ways… was going to stir up so many emotions. Wow… I’m truly blown away. Maybe I’m not doing the challenge the way it’s supposed to be done, but in the end, I’m receiving an abundance of enlightenment and that totally ROCKS.

    So here’s my post for Day 8: http://muddlavoie.com/blog/rituals/30-days-of-gratitude-day-8/

    Namaste, my sweet beautiful friends 🙂

  8. I have a picture of the Angel of Abundance on the wall in my meditation area and once a day I ask for abundance for someone I know or know of, so I am loving your challenges. Thank you Nicole. xox

  9. many thanks Nicole. . .saw something magickal this morning. . .have kept my gratitude Rock (a beautiful Faerie Quartz crystal) on my 2 x $20 notes. . .this morning I looked down at it as I was expressing my Gratitude for these notes. . . .and guess what. . .I saw little lime green shoots, so shiny and smooth. . .and a stem vibrant with Pranic Energy. . .growing before my very eyes. . .now how magickal is that. .. .lotsa luv dear Sister. . . .marilynxxxx

  10. This challenge came at just the right time for me, thanks Nicole. (And thanks to Lorna @ tearoomdelights for including it in one of her posts, otherwise I wouldn’t have known about it.) I’ve been going through an avalanche of changes in my life these past several months–nothing “bad” per se, but quite overwhelming, nevertheless. What a blessing it is to remember the utter power of gratitutde. I can feel my focus shifting already and, as my husband puts it, I seem to be getting my mojo back. You’re all in my prayers every day, my fellow pilgrims. Onward and upward! –Lucinda xoxo

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