I recently was invited to an event, I was in two minds whether to go and something inside of me said, just go. My friend asked me to arrive at 6.30. on a Sunday evening. When we arrived at the event the day was coming to a close. Somehow, there was a misunderstanding about the start time. Yet we arrived for a reason. My reason was not the event, it was meeting different people and in particular a person who was going to remind me about the value of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.
The members decided post the event to have tea and a talk together. It was during this that I met Peter. We stuck up conversation. He told me his journey and his commitment both to wellness and to himself after a difficult journey of self sabotage and annihilation.
The next day he emailed he a list of all the things that he was grateful for in his life. The first day I was puzzled why he sent them to me. He continued to email me on a daily list his 10 reasons to be grateful with his life. As I read, I realised that he was starting to notice all the things that life was offering him, all the possibilities and all the gifts, even the subtle ones. I realise that many people, including myself recognise the value of begin grateful. and at understand at a cognitive level this is a good thing to do. Writing the list and posting to other people, is a way of sharing your appreciation and also having your list noticed and acknowledged.. We need to notice and we need to let some people in our life witness that we are doing things differently..
So an attitude of gratitude is a simple daily list of all the things that you feel blessed with. Some days this is going to be easy to notice. There will be other days when this is really challenging. . The practice itself creates the transformation within our psyche.
Get into the habit of affirming what you have noticed. Email some friends your list and maybe they will reciprocate with their list.
Notice what you experience. Notice what experiences you bring into your life with this very simple and profoundly life affirming practice..