Here are four ways to practice gratitude and strengthen your brain’s gratitude muscle, so to speak.
1. Expressing Gratitude for Living Another Day
You can say a thankful prayer to Spirit, to your body, to the universe, or simply take a moment to be grateful for a new day upon awakening.
This is something you could do before bed as well, reflecting on the day and expressing gratitude for the gift you have received.
2. Gratitude Journaling
Writing is a valuable tool rather than simply reciting words, as it is believed to created more lasting neurological effects. Only thinking or speaking is effective as well, just not as much as putting pen to paper.
Writing something down creates a mind body connection, which more easily links both hemispheres of the brain.
It is also believed that this activity is more effective as a daily practice if one specific thing that you are grateful for is explored in depth, rather than simple listing several different things that you are grateful for.
This is another great ritual for your morning routine, as it sets a thankful tone for your day.
It is great to do for before bed as well, as it plants seeds of gratitude into your subconscious mind as you slip into sleep.
3. Focus on What You Have Rather Than What You do not Have
What you bring your attention to will consistently impact your thought patterns. If you focus on areas you lack, your mind will naturally build upon those thoughts from the lens of scarcity.
If you focus on what you already have and appreciating it, your mind will build from there instead.
If you notice your mind drifting towards a scarcity mentality of whats lacking, refocus it to the abundance of what is already present in your life in order to attract more of those things.
Pay attention to what you already have in regards to your health (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical), any basic needs that are already met (shelter, food, security, and love), your existing relationships, family members, and pets.
Bringing our awareness to what we have and being thankful for those things can go a long way in training your mind to continue to recognize what we have rather than what we do not have.
4. Practice Expressing Your Gratitude
You may find that the more often you take time to stop and express your gratitude, even when they are small fleeting moments, then the more often you will notice things to be grateful for.
As a result, you will experience feelings of gratitude more often.
Written by Molly Rae and published on www.yogapedia.com