Most of us have heard the phrase "A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles" and those of us who have a routine gratitude practice can attest to the truth behind this.
In my work with women, I find that we are Queens of Gratitude when things are going well but when we experience struggles on the path... that is when the work begins and it becomes essential to flip the attitude of gratitude on full force. Without gratitude we can unpack our misery and even "enjoy" an extended stay there.
The best time to start this mindset is right now.
If you are in a good place, you will likely step into this with your whole heart. If you are reading this during a time of sadness, you will resist, but this will serve you.
If we wait to start certain practices when we are feeling ready, at the beginning of a new month, when we have something to be "really grateful for", we miss out on building a routine that will serve us when it is life-saving.
Here are my favorite ways to work with gratitude and the quotes that inspired them.
1) What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you thanked God for today?
When I read that quote, it hit me in the stomach and I knew I was taking a risk without a solid gratitude practice in my life. It wasn't just a quote I read on Pinterest, it was a sign from my guides that it was time to wake up. I had a lot to be thankful for and I better start recognizing it or there was potential to lose it.
In that moment, I hit my knees, folded my hands, and started to thank Source for the blessings in my life. Everything I wanted to "show up" in the morning when I opened my eyes, was sent up to my angels and guides.
The rush of peace that came over me was incredible.
I took to prayer but you can send out that exhaustive list to your higher power in absolutely anyway you want.
2) All problems offer us opportunities to strengthen our faith in love.
In Gabrielle Bernstein's May Cause Miracles, she encourages you on Day 4 to take a look at the challenges and fears in your life, and journal what has grown or transpired from them. In the beginning, this was hard. Especially when I was writing about a challenge I was currently facing. Over time that practice became the best way to elevate myself out of the challenge.
I suggest starting small. Give yourself 5 minutes to reflect on a time of struggle in your life. You obviously made it through because here you are reading this blog. To soften the weight of this exercise, I usually sit with a cup of tea and my Goddess Guidance Oracle Deck. I give myself some time and then ask which Goddess is responsible for bringing me through that time of struggle. I write a letter of gratitude to that goddess for blessing me with her support. I dig deep into the challenge I faced and explore all that came to be because of it.
3) Be in love with your life. Every detail of it.
Did you buy one too many planners this January? Well... I did. I got one called the Planner for a Magical 2019. It is very witchy. It comes with pages about the Wheel of the Year, The Seasons, The Moon, The Zodiac and all other sorts of mystical information. What I love about it is that each page has areas to color and a few lines for every day of the year. This planner wasn't going to cut it for the day to day planning so I turned in into a gratitude devotional.
How is a devotional different from a journal? It's simple. Within a journal you can list a ton of gratitudes. With the devotional plan, I spend a few minutes every morning, honoring just one thing that I am completely thankful for in my life. I spent time describing it in detail and really pouring my heart into what it's presence in my life has done. It can get very emotional because you aren't just rattling off a ton of things.
4) I am grateful.
Not the most in depth statement but perhaps the most challenging of practices. A meditation that revolves around two sentences and is fueled by our breath. A gratitude meditation is powerful and elevates our mind, body, and soul.
For this practice, I love to grab my japa beads, sit comfortably in front of my altar, and center myself. When I feel ready, I inhale through my nose the phrase "I am grateful for what's inside me." As I exhale,"I am grateful for what surrounds me." I do this silently but if it feels better to say it out loud, go for it.
5) Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
If you are grateful for someone or something, the best thing you can do is offer it up not just quietly but publicly. If you have a person in your circle that has really touched you, tell them. Before you turn your lights out, ask the person/people you share your home with what they are grateful for and share your feelings as well. This will create a warmth in your home beyond what a heating system can do.
The more you share your blessings, the more you bring others along for the ride and elevate their awareness. It is such a beautiful ripple effect to be a part of. My 4 year old daughter and I share gratitudes every single evening and on the nights I forget, she reminds me. She looks forward to it and so many incredible moments have developed from the exchange.
6) Never let the things you want, make you forget the things you have.
For those of you avid vision board makers, have you ever considered creating a board that brings the many blessings you currently have into harmony with all your desires?
This is actually the practice I am going to be working in my life this week. I plan on creating a space full of my goals and placing the reminders right alongside pictures of what I am so abundant with already. This is such an ideal way to keep your gratitude and hustle in balance.
What practice sparked your interest? Is there one you can easily see yourself stepping into?
Join me over in Sisterhood of Stars this week as we talk more about gratitude and of course tarot, astrology, and mythology!