Day 12 – Gratitude Challenge

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“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”
~ Wayne Dyer

We’ve been so busy being grateful for the world around us, and the people in our lives, that we’ve spent little time giving thanks for one of the most amazing blessings of all – our own bodies.

We are Souls having human experiences, and our Souls are housed in the most wondrous of vehicles. We are gifted with sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.  We are gifted with movement.  We have thoughts and emotions, and our bodies provide us with the means to visualise, create and explore.

Our physical bodies have a wisdom all of their own, and guide us on a journey from conception though to the end of our days – constantly changing, adapting, evolving.

It is only because of the miracle of our physical bodies that our souls can have this human experience.

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It isn’t about outer beauty, our weight or the colour of our eyes or hair. External beauty is subjective, and transient at best.

Today, give thanks for a body that gives us the privilege of walking on this earth.  Give thanks for a body that serves us; a heart that keeps beating, legs to walk with, fingers to type with, hands to hold, eyes to see, ears to hear, a mouth to talk and taste. Internal organs and a mind that keep the whole show running without our conscious input.

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Today let’s 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 today is these four steps, know that is enough.

If you’d like to build on this positive energy of health and well-being even more, then try today’s Gratitude Challenge.

Loving My Body

When you have your bath or shower today, take a few minutes and really appreciate your body. As you wash each part of your body, spend a moment and give thanks for all it does for you.  For example: Say out loud Thank you, foot and then say why you are thankful for your foot.  Let your shower be an act of gratitude and self love.

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When you towel yourself dry or rub moisturiser into your skin, thank the Universe for providing you with this precious body.  Give thanks for your health and well-being, knowing that whatever we value and affirm multiplies in our lives.

14 thoughts on “Day 12 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. For someone struggling with this very issue – because I have a back injury, it has come at a really great time. Fighting to make myself appreciate the little I can do is really hard, now I have a tool I hadn’t thought of to get that inner harmony working again. Thanks Nicole. Bless ♥

  2. …a gratitude shower…or shower of gratitude..Love It!!! 🙂 .I’ve used the shower before for running Reiki energy through me, but I love this idea and will put it into practice first thing in the morning. I am indeed so grateful for my body and give thanks many times each day for all the wonderful ways it serves me. We are all so blessed.
    much love light and JOY

  3. I’ve been enjoying your challenges and your inspiring words and quotes, Nicole. They do help to bolster my mindfulness of gratitude. (And I hope that makes sense to you! It’s the most apt expression I could muster right now.)

  4. I used to do this ritual right before I had my first boyfriend. It contributed to loving and accepting my body immensely, and eventually led to having a wonderful boyfriend who loved my body as much as I did. I didn’t continue this baths, but now, this post is a reminder. Thanks a million, Nicole.

  5. Printed out and will return. Nicole, this is definitely one of the most difficult challenges I think I will ever have … I’ve struggled with ‘body issues’ my whole life as a result of childhood abuse … and now with multiple disabilities, it’s even harder. I will need to dig deeply for this one … bless you, my friend, for all you do for us. ~ Love, Julie xoxox

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