Monday, November 21, 2016
Mindful Monday: Gratitude
So important, but so hard to do. For me, anyway. I'm the first one to spiral down the rabbit hole of negative thoughts. When I focus only on the negative, it feeds more negativity, and pretty soon I have a distorted view of reality. And it's not a good one.
Research has shown that expressing gratitude builds on itself and becomes easier. Eventually we start to look upon challenges with a healthier perspective.
During this week of thankfulness, I want to make a mindful effort to begin the process of rewiring my brain to fire in more positive ways. I've chosen the "love rock" that I found at the beach last year as my gratitude trigger, the thing that will remind me to stop and practice gratitude.
For five minutes every day, I will think of three or four things that I'm grateful for. What touched me? Who or what inspired me? What made me smile? What's the best thing that happened that day? I'll picture each one, and ask myself why? Then, I'll think of something that I'm "ungrateful" for, and come up with things that are good about it, the hidden lessons or silver linings.
The first thing I'm grateful for? All of you. Thanks for reading, and commenting, and being supportive. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!