Listen. Because listening’s important:
Hi and welcome to the Re-Enchant Your Life reminder.
Your sacred pause in the day where you’re encouraged to take a moment to stop and tune into your inner wisdom and become present, so that you can reconnect to your personal power and confidently embrace who you’re becoming, as you Re-Enchant Your life and create the change you truly desire.
Today you’re being reminded to feel gratitude, but do it your own way.
Notice all that you’re thankful for.
No matter what you’re experiencing right now, stop everything you’re doing, and take a moment to focus on your breath.
Notice the rhythmic inhale and exhale of your breathing.
As your energy begins to calm with your breath, bring to mind all the things that you’re grateful for.
These could be people, situations, animals, environments, conversations, experiences or things.
We can be quick to focus on what we feel is missing from our life, but for today, notice all of the good, the joyous, the fun, the supportive, the kind, the loving, the compassionate actions that are shared in your life.
Notice the lessons, the surrendered moments, and the tender interactions.
Notice all the moments that fill your day and lift your spirit.
Maybe they’ll be fleeting, maybe they last for hours.
By bringing your attention to them, allows them to fill your body and ripple throughout your life.
This isn’t about ignoring the things that aren’t as you want them to be, it’s about resting and reviving your energy so that it can overcome the obstacles and challenges that you face with more resilience, strength and optimism.
In this very moment, just pause and take a breath, as you feel gratitude wash through your body.
Today’s SHEro Action:
Today’s SHEro action is notice all the things that you’re grateful for in your life and throughout your day.
Get yourself a small notebook or some paper and carry it around with you all day.
Every time something lifts your heart, say ‘thank you’ to the universe and write it down on your paper.
Write down everything that you are grateful for and appreciate. This could be that you see a beautiful flower, someone remembers something important to you, they give you a compliment, offers you a helping hand, you see something that makes you laugh in social media.
Maybe you complete a task, overcome an obstacle, give a gift to someone you care about, have a deep and nourishing conversation, face a hard truth.
Perhaps they are memories that still warm your heart and make you smile.
Pause, and take a breath. As you allow yourself to feel in to all the things that lift you up in your life.
“Thank you, more please”
I’ll see you tomorrow for your daily reminder to Re-Enchant Your Life with me, Rebecca-Anuwen,
In the meantime, enjoy feeling grateful as you walk Your SHEro’s Journey!
Years ago I wrote a blog post about why I stopped being grateful… well kind of, here’s some of what I wrote:
I stopped forcing myself to be grateful a long time ago.
You see, being grateful always felt quite heavy to me.
It’s in all the self-help books and workshops. It’s the holy grail of attracting more abundance into your life.
Be grateful, to attract more things to be grateful for.
It makes perfect sense!
However, what you’re actually doing is aligning yourself with, and attracting the vibration and energy behind ‘feeling grateful’, and for me grateful has always felt a little dense and heavy energetically.
It took me ages to work out why, as no one wants to think of themselves as un-grateful! And I certainly didn’t feel that way.
But yet the word ‘grateful’ didn’t sit comfortably with me.
Then I realised that the word ‘gratitude’ had echoes of my childhood ringing through my ears:
‘You should be grateful, there are people who have it much worse than you!’
‘Eat it all up. Be grateful you have anything to eat, there are children starving in Africa‘ (it was the 80’s and Band Aid was still very front and centre of people’s thoughts.)
‘Be grateful that your father isn’t here, he wouldn’t have let you off so lightly’
I’d been bought up where gratitude was a double-edged sword.
Of course, I was glad things weren’t worse than they were, or that I wasn’t starving, or I wasn’t in even more trouble, but these seemed more like guilt trips than reasons to be joyous.
Gratitude felt like it was tainted with the energy of struggling to overcome something. Especially when I found myself thinking:
‘I’m so grateful that exams over, only two more to go.’
‘I’m so grateful that I didn’t fall over in from of all those people and make a fool of myself.’
Gratitude was an expression of thanks that felt closed and heavy, it felt like overcoming a battle.
So when I was told to keep a gratitude diary, or make lists of things I was grateful for before I went to bed, my heart sank a little.
I did it, as I didn’t want to appear ungrateful, but it didn’t bring the joy I expected it to, or that I’d heard about.
So how do you feel about the word ‘grateful’, you could swap it as I did back then for the word ‘appreciation’.
Do they feel different to you?
Either way, focus on what delights you, those things you feel appreciation and gratitude for, as we say to the Universe, thank you, more please, knowing that as we feel these feelings, whatever words we choose to use, we expand the energy into our lives, and also to the world around us too.