Let me tell you about a practice that changed my life.
In 2015, I quit my stable job to start YogaHub. It was an incredible opportunity to enact my vision and be a leader, which I had been waiting for as long as I could remember. But instead of thriving, I became overwhelmed and paralyzed by doubt. As much as I wanted to change my attitude, I didn’t know how.
I felt like I needed a miracle, and found a book that suggested Gratitude. I began the Gratitude Practice and immediately felt the change I sought. I’d like to share it in hopes that you, too, can transmute problems into possibility.
The Gratitude Practice
What you will need:
- A pen
- Willingness to change
How to do it:
- Wake up.
- Get your pen and paper.
- Think of one thing you can be grateful for and write it down on the paper.
- If you think of more than one thing, write them down as well.
- This is the most important part:
- Take 1-5 minutes and focus on the feeling of gratitude – let it permeate your entire body.
- Don’t just think about the thing. Focus on feeling the gratitude.
- Thoughts will arise, but don’t invest in them, let them pass and re-focus on the feeling of gratitude.
- What would the feeling look like? Is there a color, texture, or pattern moving through your body and beyond it?
- Let the gratitude turn the corners of your lips slightly up.
- End your day feeling grateful: At night, repeat this before going to sleep.
Reframe problems; transmute pain into peace, and obstacles into stepping stones.
- Become aware of when negative thoughts takeover.
- Reframe them as something to be grateful for—how might this experience shape you in a positive way? Examples:
- You got into a fight with your partner, but you learn about yourself and your relationship in a way that helps you grow.
- You didn’t get the promotion, but your ideal job is something else and still out there.
- You can’t afford a new car, but you have one that works and a car is a liability anyway. Plus it’s better for the environment.
- Whenever the “problem” comes up in your mind, remind yourself of why and how it’s something to be grateful for.
Why does it work?
This Gratitude Practice works because it’s stops the endless cycle of unfulfillment. It’s about realizing that in so many ways, you already have what you want, and that bumps in the road shape and position you to be the greatest version of yourself.
Law of Attraction 101: The universe responds to what you put out there. When you give good vibes, you get good vibes
I am grateful to count you among those in our community. Happy Thanksgiving!