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Everyday we collect thousands and thousands of thoughts and our day is created by our reaction or response to these thoughts. When it comes to stress, worry, or fear, it is easy to create the habit of making “collect calls” to these thoughts and relive the negative experience again and again. How can we stop or at least slow down the process? We are going to take the energy of thoughts and use them to our benefit by generating a feeling of gratitude…thankfulness…gratefulness. Often when people hear the word “gratitude” or “thankfulness”, it’s easy to skim over what that means due to the oversaturation of marketing holiday sentiments. But gratitude in its true form is an often-ignored state of mind that can relax the body and the mind by being present in the moment that you’re in. Here are four ways to help you cultivate gratitude, mindfulness, and peace. The only take a few minutes and can be done anytime of the day when you are experiencing strain and stress.
Think of someone who has passed who loved you.
When you think of that person, hear their voice, their laugh, their smile, or they way they loved you. Breathe in that sensation. And hold on to that thought and gratitude.
Next, think of a complete stranger that helped you today.
It could have been the person at the gas station, the person who poured your coffee, or the person who held the door for you as you went to work today. Acknowledge their kindness. The world is better because of them. Breathe in that sensation. And hold on to that thought and gratitude.
Third, think of someone you love that is still alive with you in this moment.
Remember how they help you on a daily basis. Remember how they are your lifeline. See their face. Hear their voice. Feel their strong emotional connection to you. They love you. You love them. Breathe in that sensation. And hold on to that thought and gratitude.
Finally, make a collect call to yourself.
You are doing the best you can in this moment. You’ve made it this far in life and you are loved. Honor yourself by feeling thankful for the life you have now in this moment.
As you go about your day and your mind revs up again to future fears or past events that no longer serve you, bring one of these people to you mind. They will help you become back to the present moment and for your body, mind, and spirit. And that is something to be grateful for. Peace to you.