Almost every other day another email hits my inbox with an article telling me why I should count my blessings, be more appreciative or keep a gratitude journal. I don’t even have to read these messages. The subject line inspires me to stop and count my blessings, say an affirmation, or make a phone call to a friend to say hello. They make me want to indulge in self-care and reach out to those I care about.
Occasionally though, when I read them I feel guilty for not being thankful for all I have. Sometimes I even feel irritated that I’m ‘supposed’ to be grateful when there are times in my business and at home when I do feel alone, unsupported, and unappreciated. That is the exact moment when I stop and ask myself When was the last time you sat in stillness? When was the last time you reached out to help a loved one?
The answer may be this morning but my attitude is telling me it’s time to stop and sit again. Time to regroup, recenter, reground, and get my energy flowing in the direction I want it going. I want to be in gratitude and appreciation because when I’m in this flow I invite more gratitude, energy, and abundance. It’s also time to surround myself with others.
One of my coaches says, “Isolation is the enemy of wealth”. Let’s add health to that comment. Now, new research from Glenn Fox demonstrates
“… grateful feelings lead to health benefits over time. Feeling grateful and recognizing help from others creates a more relaxed body state and allows the subsequent benefits of lowered stress to wash over us.”
These are some of the benefits of meditation too.
Read the whole article here – https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_can_the_brain_reveal_about_gratitude
Every morning when I meditate, it’s my show of appreciation for myself and my unique spirit. It’s my acceptance of myself for who I am here and now.
What are you appreciative of today? In what ways do you show gratitude to yourself?