The Gratitude Journal
Keeping a Gratitude Journal is one of the many exercises I recommend to my clients. I make this recommendation in order to help them develop perspective and balance. Have you ever tried it? Sounds like a cake walk right? Well, it’s kind of easy in the beginning, and that’s if you can list some of the very basic things in life for which one should be grateful. You know like waking up in the morning, the air you breathe, the food you eat, etc.
So Why do Some Folks find it Challenging?
We human beings are so often mired in negative thoughts. Thoughts of the challenges in our lives. We obsess over our bills, difficult relationships, our jobs, and our health. There is a lot of not-so-positive stuff going on to keep from thinking of the great things in life. And duh? Isn't it better to try to figure out ways to fix the problems and meet the challenges? After all this is Earth School. We're here to remember who we are and where we came from in order to evolve to the next level. This is valid, but we spend too much time on the negative. We need to spend time thinking about things that will produce smiles and make our hearts soar.
Most of us seek the gifts enlightenment promises to bring us. These gifts are a joyous, happy, healthy, connection to all that is around us. A Divine Love. A connection to the Universe and a discovery that We are indeed the Universe. Keeping a Gratitude Journal is just one helpful step to embracing your true Self.
The Gratitude Journal will exercise the frontal cortex of your brain. This exercise will create neural pathways whose default emotion is Love and Joy. When we start thinking in a more positive way we are better able to access solutions to challenges. Life gets a little easier. We can actually become happier! Of course, keeping a Gratitude Journal will not alone completely change your life. At least I don’t think it will. However, journaling about the great things you experience can offer an escape from your daily troubles, and make you aware of the beautiful things that you do have in your life.
Here are Seven Tips for Gratitude Journal Writing:
1. Find the loviest book you can.
2. Get a special pen for writing.
3. Designate a sacred place for your writing where you will not be disturbed
4. Begin with 10 minutes and see if you can write for 20 minutes or more!
5. Try not to repeat entries. Force yourself to look at your world internally and externally for new entries.
6. Visualize things that make you happy i.e.: a baby’s smile, a joke, a pair of shoes. That should get the ball rolling if you are feeling stuck.
7. Write when you’re happy and especially if you feel sad. Writing is cathartic, and when you are writing about happiness you’ll see you will smile.
Gratitude Journaling is merely one way to attract more of the same to you. It opens your heart to attract more goodness your way. Give it a try. The least it could do is help!
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Emily Elyshevitz, CHC, RM, RT writes about her experiences with diet, exercise, and healthy living. Emily also writes about Career & Life Coaching, Healing, Enlightenment, Inspiration, Motivation encouraging your quest for a happy life in mind, body and spirit.
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