“My thoughts of joy and peace are fleeting. Usually I am thinking and thinking. Unable to stop and smell the flowers. Although I do work on feeling grateful. Do you think it will start to come naturally?” ~ Linda
Linda, any time we start a new practice, it takes a bit of time before it becomes a natural process. Our brain is literally wired the way it is because of the thoughts and habits that we have formed in our past.
The good news is, we can rewire it at any time simply by consciously changing the way we think. It’s the same as joining a gym and wondering if you’re going to get in shape in a week. Gratitude, just like lifting weights, becomes easier the more we do it. It’s all about creating a habit to form new neural pathways in our brain.
I truly believe that the number one thing we can all do to improve our own individual lives is to take the time to express gratitude.
In other words, make it a practice each and every day. As soon as you wake in the morning, review in your mind the things that you are grateful for in your life. As you close your eyes to sleep, think of the best part of your day, and again, of the things that you are the most grateful for in your life. As we think of the most wonderful parts of our life, we can’t help but smile and feel good inside. From that good feeling, our thoughts and our behavior will change.
If thoughts of lack or yucky stuff comes up, don’t beat yourself up. Just let it go and return to the thoughts of gratitude. Eventually they’ll become second nature to you. And the coolest side effect is that your life will improve dramatically in all areas.
As you do this daily practice more and more, you’ll find that gratitude, peace of mind and stress relief will soon become a part of your everyday life.
So, tonight as you fall asleep, try this practice and let me know how it works for you. Thanks again for reaching out to us and for being a part of the InspireMeToday.com community.
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