As priestesses/spiritual guides there’s this great work we do each day to find balance for ourselves first, then to guide others there too. Gratitude is the basis of a spiritual life and when we have a regular practice of gratitude we can become happier individuals. There really is a science behind practicing gratitude.
Studies have shown that people who have a regular and consistent practice of gratitude tend to be calmer and happier. When we’re neglectful of that practice we become irritable, selfish, and self-destructive.
Sometimes people have a difficult time thinking of what to be thankful for and even the simplest things don’t come to mind. If your stress and tension is so overwhelming that you forget that you can be thankful for the roof over your heads or that you have at least one person you can get a hug from then starting a spiritual gratitude practice for yourself is a priority that should start immediately.
Maybe even those two initial things are difficult for you to reach out for. Stress and depression can cloud our judgement and create a conflict within ourselves that inhibits us from thinking positively about things we really can be thankful for. I would recommend some memory recall rituals to help bring back some feelings of joy that you’ve had in the past. When we can visualize those memories and emotions they travel back through portals of grace so we can experience them again. Once you have those emotional moments back in the present it can make it easier to start your gratitude practice.
Our minds and emotions leave imprints on us when we’re going through experiences, whether good or difficult. When those imprints are made they become a part of our brain activity, both conscious and at a subconscious level. Many times the trauma we experience become embedded in our subconscious and our chaotic emotions trickle out in ways that seem confusing to others around us. Has anyone asked, “What’s wrong with you today?” and you honestly didn’t know? Something that had imprinted on you may be trying to emerge so you can process it. However, our conscious mind doesn’t always welcome those experiences and we end up blocking the portal and those traumatic experiences continue to fester.
Working with gratitude can help heal the soul and improve our overall joy and well-being. When you have a strong practice of gratitude it makes it easier to work through the past trauma, making room for healing to happen.
Maybe you’ve seen friends post in social media about things they’re thankful for. That’s good too, but I highly recommend you work with paper and a writing utensil. Here are some ways to make your practice enjoyable.
Use a colorful piece of paper. Choose a color that you love! If you don’t have colored paper, use a colored pencil or crayon to doodle hearts, flowers, or any other design that comes naturally to you. You’ll want to personalize your paper.
Anoint your paper with aromatics. You can anoint with an essential oil that lifts your mood or a favorite fragrance of body spray or perfume. When you add your personal touches to the paper you’re layering your magic to prepare for bountiful manifestation. Anoint all four corners to represent the directions and elements.
Use a pen or colored pencil in a color that lifts you. My favorite color is pink so I often write with pink ink pens. You can even anoint the shaft of your pen/pencil with the same oil or fragrance you used on the paper.
Light a candle. I find something truly powerful about lighting a specific kind of candle when I’m working with the power of the pen. I like to use white because it’s associated with diamonds and diamond is my birthstone. The only diamond I actually own is my wedding ring so a crystal I work with is Herkimer Quartz, nickname Herkimer Diamond. I place the Herkimer next to the candle when I light it. You can also anoint your candle with the same oil you used earlier.
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Each day you’ll want to perform this ritual before you write. You can even write down a chant or affirmation associated with your practice. Repeat it three times when you light your candle, prior to writing.
Start with writing down three things you’re thankful for. It can be anything you’re glad about such as a sunny day. Maybe you’re thankful it’s a cloudy day. People have different preferences. Are you thankful for warm clothes on a chilly day? Are you thankful for having reading glasses so you can see? It can be the simplest of things.
Take three deep breaths after each thing you write down. Allow yourself to breathe in gratitude and exhale slowly. Repeat a chant with each breath.
- Deep breath in…”I’m thankful for….” (and visualize it)
- Slow exhale out… “I’m thankful for…”
- Do this three times for each item on your list.
The next day you’ll do this again with three new things. After your last set of three breaths, repeat the first three from the day before. Repeat all these steps for seven days.
At the end of the seventh day, take time to reflect on your week.
How did your emotions transform during the week? Did you feel more outgoing? Did you find yourself smiling more often? Did you receive little (or big) blessings? Did you count them and write them down? Make sure you write down all the things you noticed during that week and give thanks for each of them by speaking those words out loud. What we speak, we manifest! This is the science of gratitude healing.
Thankful for you,
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