Day 23 – Gratitude Challenge

Reach for the stars – by PridesCrossing

“Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”                ~ Pamela Vaull Starr

Congratulations! We have just 8 magical days to go on our 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, and we’ve been cooking up a storm of positive energy, love and support for ourselves and others.  Now that we’re into the home stretch we’re going to shift our attention to the creation of a glorious future for ourselves, using the energy of gratitude and appreciation to manifest our heart’s desires.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing – when it pours out from us, it makes us magnetic to more and more good in our own lives.

There are a host of powerful emotions that go hand-in-hand with gratitude, including love, excitement, empowerment, happiness, anticipation, benevolence, joy and wonder.

All of us have had moments in our lives when everything has gone well for us; when the stars have aligned, the Gods have smiled and life has blessed us with gifts beyond our expectations. In this Blessed Space we always experience a surge of positive feel-good energy.

Here are a few of my own wonder-full moments, in no particular order:

The gorgeous Bert. One of the best unexpected presents from the Universe I’ve ever had!

There is always so much to be thankful for in this life, and the more we look, the more we find…

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. Find a picture of someone you would like help or direction from, or write their name on a piece of paper.  If you don’t have anyone specific in mind, cut a face out of a magazine, using an image that feels friendly and warm to you. Now write on that image or piece of paper Thank You, Universe, for all of the Help that I am now Attracting. People are so helpful, supportive and kind. With their assistance I am stepping closer and closer to my dreams.
  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.

But if you’re up for more of a challenge why not try this?

All Those Unexpected Wins!

Take a moment and search your memories for some of your own wonder-full experiences; the unexpected prize, the dream promotion, the day that was perfect from start to finish, birth of your child, wedding day, amazing park right out the front of the shops on Christmas Eve, free dessert at your favourite restaurant etc etc…

Image from polkadotbride.com

Think about that experience for a moment, and swell this feeling of gratitude and appreciation in your heart as you remember the event, and how special that was for you.

Now create some NEW pictures in your head.  Think about the future and see yourself winning something you’d love to win, enjoying a magical holiday, having someone help you to achieve a dream, or anything else that feels good and that puts you into an energy of positive anticipation. Allow yourself to really feel and enjoy this event as though it’s actually happening right now!

Affirm to the Universe Than You for supplying me with a path to my Dreams.  Thank you for the many Blessings that flow my way. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Trust that with your thoughts, you are creating a positive future for yourself, manifesting helpful people and all manner of success, luck and fortune. ♥

Sally Pearson achieving her Olympic Dream – London 100m hurdles Gold Medal 2012. Image from www.abc.net.au

Day 14 – Gratitude Challenge

Image courtesy of Rex Features – telegraph.co.uk

If not you, who? If not now, when? ~ Garry Herbert

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

If there was a Gold Medal for consistency and commitment, today I would give one to you!  Well done – today you will complete two entire weeks of gratitude.

Gratitude is a powerful force for good in our world. Not only is it magnetic to attracting more positive emotions, experiences, and relationships, it is also able to be flowed from us to others so that we can uplift and support loved ones or strangers. In doing so we raise the vibration of all involved.

When we are grateful for the athletic ability, health, physicality and wellbeing of those around us, we also draw those qualities towards ourselves.

It’s a perfect time for that right now, while the Olympics are being held. But at any time in our lives, we can appreciate and give thanks for those who have these qualities of grace, power, and endurance or the values of good sportsmanship, enthusiasm, commitment and courage.

Can your positive thoughts actually influence someone else’s performance? Yes, it’s possible. If they are open to allowing, or are in a vibration that is aligned with your intention, then your energy strengthens and uplifts their own.  How do we do that?  Not by wanting them to win, and not by pleading or cheering from the sidelines (or the couch in front of television!).  We do it by holding them in appreciation – by being grateful for all that they are or all that they do and feeling that swell of pure love and gratitude for them in our hearts.

But what if you are nervous for them?  What if you are anxious about their performance, or negative in some way? Don’t worry – these energies are more about YOU than about the other person.

We are only ever affected by the negativity of others when we are also in a negative space.

The best way to stay in a positive vibration?

Count our many blessings and develop an attitude of gratitude!

You’ll never guess what team I support… Image by Getty Images from afr.com

Counting Our Blessings and Using 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. Think of someone to whom you would like to flow health, well-being and positive physical energy.  Take a photo of them or write their name on a piece of paper.  Hold the photo or name in your hands and say I intend for you _____________ and I give thanks for the Blessing of _________ in your life.  Really feel that positive energy in your heart.  Now place the photo or name under your Gratitude Rock.  Know that as you affirm this for others, you are also allowing for similar energies to come into your own life.
  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.

Would you like to try another Gratitude Challenge?  Today’s exercise is designed to amplify health, wellbeing and positive physical energy in your life.

Australian rhythmic gymnast Naazmi Johnston. Photo by Jason South

Gratitude for the Grace of the Physical

Today, find a way to express gratitude for the health and wellbeing of someone else.  You could do this by sitting in a park, watching a jogger go by.  You could do it by watching a dancer, or a sporting event.

You could even do it by watching children run around in the playground.

Feel how easily their body moves.  Feel the energy within them, the power and the grace.  Feel their emotions of determination or control or give-it-everything-I’ve-got.

From your heart, feel appreciation for the sheer beauty and magnificence of the human form.  And when you’re ready, say a heartfelt Thank You.  Thank You to the person who is showing you this picture of athleticism and health.  Thank you to the Universe for our physical forms.

And if you’re watching a live (or live televised) sporting event, and you want to positively influence the outcome?  Just practice that emotion of supreme gratitude.  Let yourself be blown away with appreciation for their efforts, their skill, their ability and determination.  Let the outcome of the actual event or act become unimportant, and let your feel-good attitude become everything!

Enjoy!  ♥ xx

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