Day 17 – Gratitude Challenge

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 
~ Charles M. Schulz

Yesterday, after I blogged about gratitude, I blogged about food.  I realised that I just couldn’t go 30 days without sharing one of my other great loves.

It’s so easy to be grateful for food, and the food related moments in our lives. When I look back through my own life I think of my mother, painstakingly turning cupcakes into mice and pirates and pigs for my seventh birthday party.

I think of carrying my precious home-made wedding cake balanced on my knee as I travelled by canoe from the island where our tiny plane had landed to the island of Gizo in the Solomon Islands where I got married.

I think of the amazing cup of hot chocolate I enjoyed on the terrace in Gubbio, Italy, and the incredible tappas and sangria I enjoyed on a sun-soaked afternoon in Barcelona.

The best hot chocolate of my life, as I scribbled notes for my novel at a tiny alfresco table on the terrace in Gubbio, Italy.

I think of the coffee at my favourite cafe in Byron Bay, or of scones and mugs of tea on the veranda at my farm.

Nana teaching me to make scones, Marga teaching me to make the perfect plum pudding, Mum teaching me how to make boiled fruit cake.  BBQs and dinner parties with friends. How much food, and love, and happiness are intertwined in my mind….

Food is indeed a great source of gratitude.

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. Take your health request from under your gratitude rock and affirm Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for the Gift of _____________  in my life.  Know that this gift is finding ways to express itself in your life and that you are becoming magnetic to this gift of health.  Really feel that positive energy in your heart.
  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.

If you’d enjoy working with an additional challenge, here it is!

Gratitude Feast

Today, treat yourself to a favourite food.  It might be a trip down memory lane to a favourite meal from your childhood, a visit to a cafe or restaurant, or a dish you keep for special occasions or visitors. You might even ask your mum or your grandmother to bake something for you!

Banana-Nutella Pancakes in Thailand. Mmmmm….

As you eat your food savour it with all of your senses.  Really pay attention to how it smells; how it looks on the plate; the texture, temperature and taste on your tongue.  Enjoy each mouthful.  Take time to appreciate not just the food but the surroundings, and the company if you have any.  Allow yourself to take pleasure from your meal.

When you have eaten, say Thank You to the person or people who have prepared and served your food. Say Thank You to the farmers and all the unseen helpers who have helped bring this meal to you.  And remember – Thank You to the Universe for the abundance that is all around you.

I sincerely hope you enjoy today’s challenge.  Bless ♥ xx

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18 thoughts on “Day 17 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. Hahaha staying at a hotel in melbourne doing a course, just finished savouring my cooked breakfast, canadian pancakes, fruit and fresh coffee, lingered over parts, devoured hungrily, yum yum, thankyou for this blessing and abundance, and then I read your blog! Shazaam!!! TU!! Hugs sx

  2. Yummo.. All your food pics and talk are making me salivate!! Now what to make today, off to buy some ingredients.. Thankyou, Inspiration plus**<3**

  3. Lol I have just started the GAPs diet to help me with my health so there is a little bit of bitter sweet in this challenge, food has played a big role in my allergies and skin condition. I’m going to have to be a bit inventive and pretend that bone broth is my favorite food 🙂 today will be about letting food become my friend 🙂 x

    • I love the idea of letting food become your friend, Myra. Having been on many restrictive diets myself, I have always found that finding something in my allowed foods to truly savour and appreciate hastened my healing journey every time. Bless xoxo

  4. I will happily undertake this challenge any day of the week, starting with breakfast and working through to bedtime, eating my way through wonderful foods and being grateful for them. I like your idea of thanking the farmers and everyone else involved in getting the food from its beginnings to our plates. I love that last photo too, it’s so sweet! I can remember several truly excellent hot chocolates, what a joy a good hot chocolate is, your photo of the empty cup brings back happy memories for me. 🙂 The thing is, what to choose today as a special treat….thank you for the suggestion!

  5. Nicole, I just read this, my 17th day has already ended and I did just what you said without having read this! One of my friends makes DELICIOUS curry and decided to invite us to his house and cook for us. We drank wine, watched several “How I met your mother” episodes followed by Hitchcock’s “Birds” and just enjoyed every single bite.
    It’s amazing how things start aligning with this challenge, and how I can savor every aspect in my life. How rich we are! Abundance is just infinite. Thanks for all of this, it’s really changing my life.

  6. Hello Nicole,

    Much GratitudenAppreciationnLovenLightnBlessings to you for ‘Day 17’.
    I enjoyed ‘partaking’ what you have shared about your journey and experiences and learnings and gratitude for food.

    There are two key practices I have which evokes my gratitude for food:

    1 Every meal, I express my gratitude for ‘Creation and the gift of life, and the abudance, including this nutrititious food to nourish and nurture my/our bellies, hearts, minds, souls …’

    2 As a Bahai, the last month of our spiritual year is 2-21st March (19 days), and for fasting (all food, including drinks) from sunrise to sunset; each year it gets easier to be more emotionally detached from food and empowers and ‘sharpen’s’ my spirit, the actual intention of ‘the fast’, and hightens my senses and enjoyment of food when ‘breaking the fast’ daily at sunset, which is sustained throughout the year for me.

    Bahai Fast
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9tVxm6wo8I

    LovenLightnBlessings to you, from
    PhillipTMorley

  7. I don’t eat sugar and have no cravings for sweet things. I like my misosoup, grains and vegetables very much. I am thankful for that and my child thanks me for the meal I cooked. When I don”t have a desert he sais: doesn’t matter mam, the meal is already delicious.

  8. Oh dear, virtual food seems to work better for me these days than the real thing – eating is difficult when you have IBS … but, I will do my best with this one … printed and will return. xoxox

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