Simple Steps To Cultivating A Practice Of Gratitude
A focus on gratitude can be a pretty effective way to combat the negative notions that we might face on a daily basis. When our energy is shifted towards the positive an awesome thing happens - we attract more of that similar energy towards us.
So how to cultivate a practice of gratitude? The key word is that - practice. It starts with an intention, and over time, the more you come back to that intention, the more it becomes second nature or at least easier to access.
I like to start each morning with a gratitude meditation. I wake up and resist the urge to start scrolling - instead I think about something I am grateful for in that moment. Then I get up, wash my face (facial massage and jade roller ritual included!), and come back to sit on my bed for a brief pranayama practice and more of - you guessed it - meditating on gratitude. I’ll be honest, there is not a lot of time in the morning for this ritual, sometimes it’s only a couple of minutes long - but the key is to consistency. Sometimes my son will join me and we will do a short practice together, and other days our moment of gratitude is taking the time for some morning cuddles.
Another way to practice gratitude is with my yoga practice - I come back to the things I am grateful for every time I step onto my mat. I take that opportunity not only to work on asana and connecting with my breath, but to give thanks for my blessings and the people in my life that make me thankful on a daily basis.
When things seem challenging I try to find the lesson in the experience, or perhaps a silver lining. It’s all about perspective - framing - how we decide to look at things. A tough day can ultimately be an opportunity to find inner strength as long as we are determined to see things with a grateful eye.