Gratitude Is My Prayer

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Too many times we live with anger, worry, depression and anxiety and not enough happiness, gratefulness, positivity and calmness. If you think about it, we’re actually very greedy people. That’s how it is with both nature and nurture. We live in a society where we WANT WANT WANT instead of NEED NEED NEED. It’s a bad habit we’ve grown up with but it’s time to learn to be more selfless and giving instead of selfish and wanting. I believe if we do tackle the habit of greed and selfishness, there will be more peace in the world.

We all just go about our day in routine like it’s nothing special. We don’t stop and think about what we’re doing or pay attention to the sensations we’re supposed to feel. Especially if we’re working — wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, relax for some time, sleep, and repeat. It’s draining the life out of us slowly. I’ll admit there are some people out there who do like routine, and even I do to a certain point, but we need to feel alive.

There are specific things we can do to help. Wake up, put that beautiful smile on your face and say, “Today’s going to be a wonderful day!”, meditate and/or do some yoga to rejuvenate yourself, and then go to work. Even before that — while you’re in the shower, feel the warm or hot water hitting your body and think about how it makes you feel. Enjoy those little moments — the texture and how hard the water is massaging your skin. While you’re driving to work, pay attention to how you feel and the world around you. We’re all in a hypnosis when we’re driving to each of our destinations, especially when it becomes a repetitive drive. Take it all in and enjoy it for once. When you’re eating your food, pay attention to the taste of your food. Not only will you enjoy each bite more, you’ll be eating more slowly which can help your metabolism regarding weight loss. Food really does taste wonderful, anyone can agree, so do your mind and body a favor and just appreciate what you’re eating.

These are just a few different ways to help you enjoy your day and to help you get through your day even though you feel like you’re stuck or drained. Really just cherish everything because, I know it’s cliche but, there are so many other people out there who have so much less than you do and would give anything to be in your shoes.

Live in the moment. Laugh every day. Love with all your heart. 🙂

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Fearlessly Speak the Truth With Love

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle” – Socrates

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Times are changing…fast. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “People often confuse politeness with flirting”. Ain’t that the truth. Is it so hard to believe that people are just trying to be genuinely nice to others? I fully believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. Sure, I don’t get the same respect that I give most of the time, but that doesn’t stop me. I try to be all about kindness where ever I go. Restaurants, stores, anywhere. Because you know what? You don’t know anything about who you talk to – even if they are an acquaintance. You don’t know half the battles they’re going through. How hard they’re fighting just to stay afloat in life. Maybe they or someone close to them is dying of cancer. They lost their job. Their relationship didn’t work out the way they thought it would. They’re struggling financially. It could be anything in the world but we never think of these things.

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Maybe all a person needs is to smile, to laugh, to be hugged, to be talked to, to be complimented. Tell me one person who doesn’t want at least one of these situations to happen. Do you ever see a stranger and think to yourself, “Boy, that jacket looks so good on her”, or, “That guy’s presentation was really good! I can learn a thing or two from him”. Thinking these thoughts is one thing. But what would happen if we actually told that person the good thoughts we actually thought about them? What’s the worst that could happen? I have a feeling about the best that could happen: You can change their world. All they needed was that bit of confidence or that one compliment to turn their day right-side up.

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If we start this trend of saying nice things or giving compliments to others, I believe people will be more inclined to speak their mind. It’ll show just how much we need to hear it and I could only hope we would pass it on. Learn from how people treat you. Sure, there are people who are just jerks. Actually, there are quite a bit. But I do know that there are MANY kind people out there. I’m betting that the majority don’t open their mouths and say anything. They go about their business and their business only. But if we try and speak our mind to brighten someone’s day, I think more nice things will be spoken and there won’t be as much hostility in the world.

Today, I am Grateful for…

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There’s one especially easy way to improve your life optimistically that only takes about five minutes per day. Besides meditation, this new technique has helped improved my life in about week. But like anything else, you need to be serious about it and commit otherwise you may not see the results.

The one new technique that can help improve your life is to start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a journal used to write down everything you are grateful for that day. You can use any type of journal. Just keep it next to your bed and right before you go to sleep, spend five minutes coming up with at least three things you are grateful for that day. They don’t have to be big events. It could be as simple as:

“I’m grateful for working today — not everybody is able to find a job”

So basically, your journal should be set up kind of like this:

Today, I am grateful for:                                                                         (Date)

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When you’re having a bad day and feeling down in the dumps, you can refer back to your gratitude journal. This might improve your mood and remind you that you have a great life. Using the method of a gratitude journal plus meditation, you’re on your way to improving your happiness that can last for longer than a short while. The best way to go about these methods is to meditate in the morning when you first wake up and write in your gratitude journal at night before you go to sleep.

Try these techniques for at least a week and watch how your life improves. It’s really the best way to start your day off great and end it with a smile.

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Do you ever feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed? That anything and everything irritates you? It’s awful. Of course, it could be caused by lack of sleep, a bad dream, or just “one of those days”. I used to have those days quite a bit. I still do from time to time. It feels like nothing is going right and the day just can’t get any worse — except it always can.

What we don’t realize is that just because we’re having a bad morning does not mean the rest of the day is going to end up like that. If you think about it, there are so many other people who have it worse than us — who sincerely have the right to be in a bad mood. Be it a family member has passed away (or is diagnosed with a terminal illness), you lose your job (which is becoming more and more common in this day in age unfortunately), or you, yourself, have come to the knowledge of a terminal illness or a miscarriage.

Just because you’re not having the ideal morning doesn’t mean your day will stay like that. Look on the bright side and find the positive in every situation — I promise there is some. Wake up each day with a smile on your face and get ready to face what’s ahead no matter what you have to go through.