How To Start & Write A Gratitude Journal
Like many others, I first heard about the idea of keeping a gratitude journal from Oprah. The topic of Gratitude is
one that has taken me a while to get a grip on, I consider it a topic
that is essential to master but one that does not necessarily come
easily to many of us.
The Power Of Gratefulness
Gratitude relates closely to The Law of
and to How Our
Thoughts Affect Us
To be grateful simply means to be thankful on a very deep level for all
we have in life, and all that we expect to have. In my experience it
is also a sense of excitement, of becoming, and of 'knowing' that good
things come into our life. The irony is that, whilst this can be
particularly difficult to master and experience, once we do - it
becomes the easiest thing to uphold. Gratitude builds upon itself and
can be about
momentum; for one positive thought leads to the next and so on,
building up that power until we become flooded with positive thoughts
and thanks for the universe.
It is extremely helpful to first master Affirmations
, and then read as much as we
can about The Law of Attraction to continue to use affirmations to
turn our life around. Because we are often trained to think in negative ways, and
learn as children to complain rather than give thanks, it can take
practice to master. But don't give up as gratitude is the key to life
and creating what we want in life whilst being attractive
to wonderful things.
Gratitude Is A High Vibration
To be thankful on a deep level
is a high, powerful vibration to carry in our aura. We need to learn to honour ourself and
honour our Soul urges. Part of this involves working
out what fulfills us most in life and what our Soul wants us to do. As we work towards this we are honouring our soul.
your Soul's plans will be something that adds to the world, and quite
simply helps others.
It could be raising a family, being the
breadwinner in a job that fulfills you, building a business or creating
something that helps others; it is very wide and as unique as each
soul. Your purpose is the one thing that makes your soul sing - or the series of
things that bring you joy.
Reaching this level of Gratitude is really a series of steps towards
your goals whilst being mindful of your thoughts. Sometimes a person
can achieve success in life and yet still feel ungrateful because they have not
all of their other issues, such as body image, relationships, parent
issues or any other issues that remain as blocks.
Working through our stuff and releasing it is important as well. But
the good news is that it is possible for anyone to reach a blissful
state of Gratitude in this life time, it just takes mindfulness.
Once we have found that 'sweet spot' of Gratitude and worked on it so that
the vibration begins to sing, it becomes part of us and is
easily accessed. Some people practice Gratitude each day and this is an
excellent beginning. Once we reach a high vibration, we may no longer
need to work on
it each day as we once did.
Tips to Getting There - Journaling!
Any old note pad or paper will do for your journaling, or journal online.
The object of the gratitude journal is to invoke the true feeling of
gratitude. It is important to use the journal once a week, rather than
daily. This is because we all have bad days where we cannot think of
anything to write, therefore we begin to write false statements. The
journal should strive for honesty, and this is easier to obtain if we
save up a number of things we are grateful for throughout the week, and
then journal them together.
If you only have one thing to journal about that you are truly grateful
for over the week, write that only. Don't try to write a long entry or
fabricate a long list of things that you don't feel deeply about. Your
journal may only contain one sentence for the week. Or if you have had
a fabulous week, it could contain many things you feel truly grateful
for. Remember not to judge what you have to be grateful about, as this
journal is all about the feeling of gratitude; you are not competing to
have the most fabulous week.
If you are truly stuck for anything to write in your journal, then try
it from this angle. Think of things you already have and reflect on how
you would feel if you were without them. Suddenly, something we took
for granted can be realised as the precious thing it really is. This is
in the spirit of the gratitude journal.
You can put anything, no matter how silly, in your journal. For example
if you take a morning train and sit near a handsome man each day who
improves your trip for the eye candy appeal, write it down come the end
of the week. It may seem silly but life is truly about the silly little
things that happen to us, the secret pleasures. Even if you write about
discovering a new chocolate, or new perfume, and that is all that
happened all week, by writing this down, you can gain a feeling of
happiness. Then you can start to notice all of the silly things that
happen, because there are a lot of tiny joyful things each day, like a
midday coffee (imagine not having coffee!), or a warm fragrant breeze
that reminds us that summer is approaching. As we build this wave of
appreciation, we draw to ourself, through positive energy, more nice
things. Try it - we have nothing to lose!
to change your thinking on a subconscious level.
Keep to your path no matter what others are doing or saying.
Affirm that you believe in yourself and start creating that positive
change and self-image.
and persevere with affirmations, it can take a small amount of
to change a deeply held negative thought about yourself, although go at
your own pace.
Be open to advice from others and find writers and books that
Keep affirming that you are as deserving as anyone else.
Keep your heart open and love yourself.
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