For a long time I had heard talk from the day time TV rich and famous about being grateful and the amazing benefits it has on your life.
Well that’s easy for you Oprah, I would think to myself. I’d be pretty grateful if I were you too!
The more I listened however, the more it started to make sense. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to know.
Then one day in June 2007, according to the note she wrote inside the front cover, my mum bought me a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Over the years I have read this book several times and if you haven’t already I highly recommend you get yourself a copy.
“As you learn The Secret, you will come to know how you can have, be or do anything you want. You will come to know who you really are. You will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you in life.” – from the Introduction
The one part of this book that particularly stuck with me was The Powerful Process of Gratitude.
Gratitude is choosing to be thankful for all of the little things and simple pleasures that you already have in your life. Being continuously aware of every little miracle that is happening around you at any given moment. Being grateful for every thing you receive no matter how big or small.
An attitude of gratitude increases your happiness and reduces stress. Gratitude improves your relationships as well as your health.
Being continuously thankful shifts your mindset from one being focused on what is lacking to an awareness of the abundance all around you.
The amazing part of having a mind focused on abundance is that what you think about most expands!
I loved my new found knowledge. It gave me the belief that I have a lot more control over my life than I had ever given myself credit for. I even started writing in a gratitude journal every night!
Just in case you could do with a little inspiration, I have put together a list of my own.
Here are 12 things that I am grateful for right now:
1. This Moment
Right now I am alive. That’s fantastic right there.
2. The Sky
I love to look up to the sky, day or night. Blue skies and sunshine or big fluffy clouds and rain. The stars and the moon. The sky is a great reminder that I am part of an amazing universe where everything has it’s place.
3. My Daughter
My daughter Jasmin is beautiful, smart, funny and caring. Sometimes I look at her and think Wow, look what I made..
4. My Home
My home is my castle and I am the Queen.
I love music!! I love to sing. I love to dance. I love connecting with people through music. Love, Love, Love.
6. My Family
These people are my tribe. They love and support me no matter what.
7. My Friends
These people are my other tribe. They are all wonderful and inspiring people. They are also funny which is awesome. And they laugh at my jokes, which is really awesome.
8. My Cat
Rosie purrs when I pick her up and she loves a cuddle. My lap warmer extraordinaire.
9. The Beach
My happy place. I love the energy of the sea. Maybe it’s the Pisces in me.
I love to visit local Art Galleries. Art shows us that everything is viewed from an individual perspective. Art is beautiful and thought provoking. It is divine expression.
11. Food and Wine
I am fortunate enough to have access to amazing food and wine through friends, my work and the city in which I live. I love great food and wine. It compliments my other loves. Music, art, friends, family and even the beach.. Bliss.
12. Health and Fitness
I am healthier and fitter than I have ever been and it feels great!
My wish for you is that you can be aware of all the amazing things you have around you in your life right now too.
Thank you for reading.