Today I want to share with you one of the tools that has helped me the most on my adventure from Chaos to Calm. This practice has helped me stay grounded even when things seemed to be crumbling all around and I didn’t see a solution. I call this tool my daily gratitude practice.
The first thing I recommend is that you get yourself a small notebook or journal. Make sure it is something sturdy, something you like, and something big enough to use every day for several months. You may be tempted to use your phone or computer, but I would really discourage you from using electronics in this practice. There is a connection between physically writing and your thought process that gets lost when you are typing or keyboarding.
Once you have your journal, put it in a place that you will see it first thing when you get up in the morning. Make sure you have a pen or pencil with it – one that won’t disappear. Before you go to sleep at night, double check that it is still there.
Here’s the actual practice: When you wake up each morning, take your first few minutes to reflect on three things you are thankful for. Then, pull out your gratitude journal, write in the date, then write the three things you’ve been reflecting on. It can be just a couple words, or a paragraph – just go with the flow. Since we all have so much to be thankful for, try not to repeat the things you’ve already written in your journal.
A couple great things happen from this practice. First of all, you wake up in a grateful state each day, secondly you realize how many things you have to be thankful for, and third – when you are feeling down, take some time to read through your daily entries. Reminding yourself about all you have is a great way to lift your spirits!
Try this gratitude practice for at least three weeks, and let me know what you think.