The world we live in comes with many challenges. To balance out those challenging energies in our lives, we can turn to gratitude. We can choose to focus on what’s hard, or ugly, or bad, or we can choose to focus on what’s good and increase the good energy. We can choose to be grateful.
Gratitude, whether it’s a practice or it’s whenever we think of it, is one way to focus on what’s good in our lives. We know that it raises our vibration, and it’s also a great way to focus on what we love and call more of that into our lives.
I’m not going to go on and on about the virtues of a gratitude practice; we’ve heard it before. What I am going to offer here are some of the ways and situations when I express gratitude. Maybe it will help you find ways to increase or focus on your own gratitude practice.
Saying “thank you”. Saying “thank you” is kind of a gateway drug to a gratitude practice. Instead of saying “Sorry I’m late.”, we can say “Thank you for being patient.” The energy of “thank you” is more elevated than the energy of “sorry”. There is a time and place to say “sorry”, but often it can be replaced, or added to a “thank you.”
Mealtime gratitude has been my thing lately. When I was young, we didn’t say grace at the dinner table, but I find now that it is an important part of my gratitude practice. Most of us are aware of supply chain issues these days. We still see empty shelves in the grocery stores and some things are no longer available. It was this that lead me to my mealtime gratitude practice. It sounds like this, “I’m grateful for the growers, farmers, pickers, truckers, warehouse personnel, and grocery workers for this meal.” My mother’s family farmed, and I used to work in a grocery store in my teens. I am acutely aware of how much effort goes into putting food on our tables. It with this in my heart that I express gratitude.
First thing in the morning, is a great time to practice gratitude. There are days when I’m not ready to jump up and get going, and I just want to snuggle in my warm bed a little longer. It’s on those days when I take a couple of minutes to express gratitude. “Thank you for my warm, safe home. Thank you for these warm blankets.” I love this time to practice gratitude. It almost guarantees that the day will begin with a smile.
Whenever we connect with Spirit, angels, or anyone on our spirit team. It’s important when we’re doing spiritual work to express gratitude to our spiritual team. This is when it really pays off to have gratitude and increase our vibration. It will multiply the work we are already doing.
When we see something beautiful is a great time to express gratitude. A beautiful view, a kind gesture, a cherished pet, or family member, are all opportunities for gratitude. It can be as simple as, “I am grateful for this moment.”, or as elaborate as telling someone that we are grateful for them and what they’ve been to us in our lives.
Maybe a planned and structured practice is what we need. A place, a journal, or a time when we express gratitude is a good practice. Sometimes it is easier with a new or expanding practice to implement some structure. Whatever works for us, and our own practice is what we need to gravitate toward.
No matter how we choose to practice gratitude, and no matter what we are grateful for, that additional dose of good energy will absolutely make our day and our world just a little bit better. It increases the energy vibration and provides one more smile to our day. And that has a ripple effect.
Choose to be grateful.
I am grateful for you, dear reader. I am grateful that you chose to join me on this blog and chose to follow along my spiritual journey. It’s been a roller coaster of an adventure and I’m grateful to have you along for the ride.