The Power of Gratitude

Happy Self-Love Sunday!!

This Sunday I want to start with affirmations. Inhale positivity, exhale negativity and let’s begin.

Today, I am approaching all that is before me with a sense of gratitude.

Today, I am allowing positivity into my space and shifting my perspective to one based in gratitude.

Today, I am grateful.

Today’s post is one I’ve been trying to write for months. I’ve been trying to find the perfect way to share the message I’ve been really passionate about. Today, I don’t have the perfect words nor do I have the perfect way to deliver the message but I will do my best.

I hope you can resonate with today’s post.

Gratitude is the single most important thing that has gotten me through the darkest moments of this year.

Gratitude does not ask you to ignore your valid and important emotions.

Gratitude does not ask you to remove your emotional attachment to the various people, things and experiences you’ve had to mourn this year.

Gratitude does, however, allow you to acknowledge your difficult emotions for what they are.

It gives you the space to acknowledge how you feel without allowing it to overwhelm your reality and sense of self.

Having gratitude despite the difficulty, allows you to say, “yes, this sucks. yes, I would prefer to be in a different position right now but I will be intentional about giving myself the space to allow positivity and gratitude to be at the forefront of my attention, even if only temporarily.

I love sharing concepts that help me but as an extremely practical person, I think it’s necessary to share ways to implement ambiguous concepts into your life.

So practically, we can invite gratitude into our daily life by doing the following:

  1. Writing a list of things we are grateful for

2. Starting each day with affirmations of gratitude that start with

“Thank you for…” “I’m grateful for…” “I’m so glad…” etc

3. At times when you can’t find it within yourself to speak words of gratitude on the affirmative i.e. “I am grateful for a place to lay my head”, you can always speaks words of gratitude for the things that you’re grateful you have not or are not experiencing i.e. “I’m grateful I do not have to sleep outside in this rain”

There are soooo many other ways to invite gratitude into your life, my list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want a more extensive list of suggestions you can check out this article (linked below) by the Greater Good Magazine for 10 ways to become more grateful: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/ten_ways_to_become_more_grateful1

Happy Self-Love Sunday everyone! Allow gratitude to give you the opportunity to speak positively in the midst of difficult seasons!

Have a great week!

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