Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ M. Beattie

I woke up this morning and felt grateful. Did I feel grateful for waking up? Sure, that’s a nice bonus but I was also noticing how great it was to hear some familiar requests for food from His Royal Highness who is sure he won’t be fed before he starves to death, how cool the air felt and how great it was that the quilt on my bed was one that reminded me of a fun summer spent creating it. Sound rather hoaky? Perhaps, but there’s a method to this madness.

We move. We tend to move quickly and without thinking too much. Yes, we stop at traffic lights most of the time. We feed ourselves and we get on with the day. The sad result of this is often that we don’t notice, we don’t take in and we don’t get to feel the joy around us.

The practice of practicing gratitude has the end result of allowing us to really savior all that we have around us, if even for only a moment. That sliver of time will give us an immeasurable payoff to our health ~ all aspects of our health to boot! We benefit mentally, physically, spiritually and financially when we begin to notice tiny gifts.

There is no way for me to convince you of this. I can show you study after study that shows how the practice is helpful but even if they are from some of the most respected sources ~ and they are ~ unless you take the time to gather the evidence for yourself it is a waste of time to read them. I’m thrilled about my handmade quilt. “Great,” you think, “she can sew and wants us to know how amazing she is.” I can’t help but laugh at that! It’s about the appreciation, the simple pleasures that come from this awareness.

I would ask you to spend a few minutes today, tomorrow as well, to notice those simple pleasures. Maybe even make a list of them. What you notice is completely up to you; it might be a squirrel racing around a tree or how great that hot shower feels on a cold morning or how your favorite mug feels in your hand. You might find yourself listing the same item each day for a week and that’s OK as long as you’re actually noticing it.

If you want to go even further you can take time in both the morning and in the evening to do this. Spend a minute, maybe two, to just sit and be aware. There is no way, at the end of 7 days of doing this, that you won’t feel better. Just can’t happen. Really! Try it. Get back to me if it doesn’t shift how you feel. Get back to me if it does.

I can’t wait to see where this takes you this week. Want some extra support on this one? Book a time and hop on the phone with me!

Wishing you the best for your week!

~ Lisa