Tuesday, 20 Februrary 2024

Linda-maree Conyard

Gratitude is a transformative path that invites us to embrace appreciation as a way of being in the world. It's so easy to fall into seeing what is difficult and negative in our world. My challenge to you this week is to catch how often your thoughts are in the area of negativity vs positivity. If you are game, keep a record of this and then at the end of the week, notice if you are surprised by what has shown up. I'd love to know what you find.

In this edition of Trauma Bytes, we'll explore:

  • Gratitude as a Way of Being;
  • Cultivating Conscious Gratitude; and
  • Practices for Cultivating Gratitude.

In this exploration of gratitude, we'll talk about nurturing a conscious awareness of the blessings that grace our lives and fostering a spirit of thankfulness in all that we do.

1. Gratitude as a Way of Being
Gratitude transcends mere observation of life's gifts that show up as sporadic thoughts from the mind. True gratitude embodies a profound shift in perspective in all areas; mind, body and spirit. It opens a way of sensing the world through the lens of abundance and appreciation. It is a state of being that permeates every aspect of our lives.

I am again reminded of this quote by Anais Nin, "We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are."

Once we make gratitude conscious, and it begins to infuse our thoughts, actions, and relationships with a sense of reverence and wonder for the beauty surrounding us, it starts to become a way of being. Even our challenges start to be experienced as opportunities to grow.

Gratitude Examples

  • ​Appreciation for Loved Ones
  • See and Appreciate Nature's Wonders
  • Being Thankful for Basic Needs Met
  • Seeing Acts of Kindness Received
  • Grateful for Opportunities to Grow

Lack of Gratitude Examples

  • ​Taking Relationships for Granted
  • Complain about the Weather
  • Dwelling on What You Don't Have
  • Focusing on Perceived Slights
  • Resenting Challenges or Setbacks

Some of the benefits of making gratitude a way of being are less stress, less negativity, and less heaviness in the body, mind and spirit. You begin to be in this world in a different way and things that used to cause you angst, are now experienced very differently. Our lives are enriched with joy, fulfillment and inner peace. We experience stronger relationships with ourselves, with others and with this world we live in.

2. Cultivating Conscious Gratitude
Bringing consciousness to gratitude involves a deliberate practice of mindfulness and reflection. It entails bringing awareness of the countless blessings that grace our lives, from the simplest moments of joy to the profound experiences of love and connection.

Fortunately, we will have plenty of opportunities to challenge ourselves to have gratitude instead of our old negative patterns. By putting in the effort required to make changes to our consciousness, we build our ability to truly face adversity with gratitude and change our experience of our lives.

Through gratitude, we open our hearts to the abundance of life's blessings and invite the transformative power of appreciation into every moment. We awaken to the richness of life's offerings and cultivate a deep sense of appreciation for the wonders that abound.

3. Practices for Cultivating Gratitude
As we embrace gratitude as a way of being, may we cultivate a deep sense of appreciation for the richness of life's blessings and invite the transformative power of thankfulness into every aspect of our lives. Through conscious practice and intentional living, may we embody the spirit of gratitude and enrich our lives with joy, fulfilment, and connection.

* Gratitude Journaling - Take time twice a day, in the morning and in the evening before bed, to write what you are grateful for. My gift to you is what we have used as a Gratitude Journal in our Transformative Alchemy classes. You can download it here and make as many pages as you need. Try it for two weeks and see what difference you notice. Please share with me, as I'd love to know how you go.

* Mindful Appreciation - Engage in mindful practices such as deep breathing or meditation, keeping your focus on the present moment. We can only have this moment, so you can choose what it is experienced as.

* Acts of Kindness - Perform acts of kindness and generosity towards others, building a spirit of gratitude and compassion in your interactions.

*Gratitude Walks - Take leisurely walks in nature, consciously appreciating the beauty and wonder of the natural world around you.

* Gratitude Rituals - Create rituals or ceremonies that honour and celebrate the blessings in your life, fostering a sense of reverence and gratitude for the abundance surrounding you.

You might light a candle or incense and acknowledge what you are grateful for. You may pick something from your garden and feel deeply grateful for the produce. You can be as creative as you want.

Feel free to adapt and integrate these practices into your day, knowing that each mindful effort you put in benefits you and those around you.

I love hearing from you and receiving your updates, so please keep them coming.

May you be well, may you be happy, and may you have inner peace.

Linda ♡

If you try out any offered practices, I’d love to hear how you found them and what you now understand that you didn’t before. I love, love, love hearing from you guys.

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