Day 6 – Gratitude Challenge

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If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

You are provided for. And you have been since you got here.

When we were children we took so much for granted – a bed to sleep in and food on the table, electricity and water.  We had clothes, and books, and education. We had company, and toys and access to so many things…

Money is neither a positive or negative force – it’s neutral.  It is our thoughts and behaviours that give the concept of money a charge. And once we have those thoughts, and think them often, or behave in a certain way, the Universe responds by matching our financial outcomes to our thoughts and actions.  That’s how the Law of Attraction works.

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Now we are grown. No matter what our current financial situation, by having gratitude for what we do have, and for appreciating money and what it can provide for us, we begin to increase prosperity and abundance in our lives.

It doesn’t matter if all you have is a handful of coins.  That’s a start.  When we begin to feel grateful about the money that has already flowed through our lives, when we can feel thankful for the handful of coins in our wallet, money begins to show up. Anything we are grateful for is multiplied in our lives…

For today’s Gratitude Challenge we’ll start by Counting our Blessings:

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, find a low value note like a one dollar bill, or a fiver.
  4. Now 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.
  6. Place your rock back beside your bed, on top of the money.  See the Gratitude Rock charging up that money with magnetic and positive energy. Say “I am Grateful for Financial Abundance.  Money is magnetised towards me, and it just keeps showing up in my life.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.”  Then snuggle back down into bed and drift off to sleep, while your Gratitude Rock works its magic!

A Gratitude Rock charging up some money. We’ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s blog!

If you like, you can do just these first six steps. That’s more than enough.

But if you’d like to participate in an activity that continues to build the energy of gratitude around financial abundance read on…

The Blessing Game:

As you go through your day, affirm often I am Blessed with Abundance – Thank you!

Affirm this as you put on your clothes and eat your breakfast.  Affirm this as you pay for your morning coffee or a ticket for the bus.  Affirm this every time you realise that money has been spent, or is being spent, to provide the many Blessings in your life.

Every time you pull money from your pocket, or your wallet, give thanks.

And it’s not just your money and your spending that you can show gratitude for.  If you live in a city, and there are pavements and gardens, give thanks for them.  Give thanks for the facilities at your workplace.

City Roos by Christopher Trotter – Public Art in Brisbane
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Feel gratitude for the people and businesses spending money that support your community and economy. If you pass a building site, be grateful for that industry, if you pass a cafe, give thanks for the patrons who allow that business to exist. Give thanks for the Abundance you see everywhere that supports your current life.

The more we are grateful for what we have, the more we are given. This works for everything, including money. Our gratitude creates positive energy for our own prosperity and that of our economy. Isn’t that wonderful!

Wishing you a day of Abundance Thinking.  Bless ♥ xx

 

Simplicity is a choice…

Life is not complicated, only that we make it so.

♥ Nicole Cody

Yesterday, on my facebook page, someone told me that they longed for more simplicity in their lives. How could they make it so, they asked.

That’s a valid question given that we are surrounded, even bombarded, by media telling us we need this, we have to have that. To be successful our lives need to look a certain way, and we need to be able to measure up to certain expectations. Perhaps that is why shopping has become the number one pastime in so many countries.  And, of course, in order to have those things we need to work harder, and longer. We rack up more debt. We lose our freedom bit by bit, without realising what is happening.

I realised this after living in Palau. My life shrank down to one suitcase, an old but large hotel room, a smaller budget. Access to a car, but needing to go most places on foot. That smaller space, with few possessions was a major readjustment, but I soon found myself happier, freer, and filled with creativity. When I came home to Australia I walked around my house wondering how I had accumulated so much stuff.  There was so much to pay for, so much to keep clean, and I used so little of it!

Simplicity, like happiness, is a choice.

On first appearances that might seem unfair, or even impossible.  But think about where you are now.  Every single choice you made, every decision you took, led you to where you are.

And even if life has forced certain circumstances upon you (Global Financial Crisis, unemployment, illness) you still have power, because you still have the ability to choose your thoughts and actions.

If you’re in a place of complete overwhelm, I suggest you start here – with a post I wrote recently on burn out, how to recognise it and what to do about it.

Reverse Engineering

You could also try a process of reverse engineering.  This is where you pull something apart to figure out how it was made, so that you can copy or rebuild it, or even modify it. We need to reverse engineer your life, so that you can work out where to begin making changes.

Start with these questions:

  1. What is my daily routine?  Do this for each day of the week.  If there is no routine, just write down how much time you spend on the key areas in your life each day for one week by observing yourself honestly and recoding your actions.  It will average out. You can also do this for your partner or children too.
  2. What are my financial commitments? This is a biggie and some people have never taken the time to work this out. If you’re one of them I know it can be scary and confronting, but if you don’t have a true picture of where you are, you won’t be able to make sound decisions about where you go next.
  3. Look over your answers.  This is the critical part.  Is there time left over at the end of each week?  Is there money left over at the end of each week?Spare time is vital for a feeling of well-being, and for having adequate coping mechanisms for life. Being too tightly pinched for money generates great stress, which has a huge negative impact on health, relationships and energy levels.

Life is precious. It’s worth making changes to give you a more satisfying life. From experience I’ve learned that most stuff doesn’t make you happy. Certain stuff can make life easier and more pleasurable though.  Maybe you need a good computer, or a comfy arm chair, or a nice teacup, or a great holiday adventure. But what about the rest of your life?  How much of what you own do you actually use?

Can you get by with smaller, fewer or none at all? Are you giving time and energy to what really matters in your life. Maybe it’s time to actively simplify your life, bit by bit. Downsize, divest, say no to extra demands upon your time and energy. Look to places, jobs and people that support a more fulfilling lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be five-star to be enjoyable! Change doesn’t have to happen all at once, but when you have a plan it is far easier to create a new reality.

 

All change requires effort, but change is possible. In the end, imagine the choices and relationships in your life. Imagine removing them.  Is there a sense of loss or panic, or a sense of relief?  Sometimes it’s as simple as that.