I started writing a gratitude journal sometime after completing my Reiki level one qualification. Opening that energy of Reiki, I would scribble away about all the things I was grateful for and reflect on the experiences I was having. My journal is filled with beautiful affirmations and letters, sometimes to myself and sometimes to my late father. Writing to him makes me feel an energy and connection with him, like he is peering over my shoulder reading as I write.
I had kept my journal very private, not because I had anything to hide, but because I didn’t want to be judged for being fluffy or mad! Ok, I admit I’m a little bit of both, but the affirmations and letters I write in my journal are deeper than that. It’s my magic. In fact, I soon realised that making these daily connections and affirmations, were making me feel amazing. I was opening and awakening parts of me that I didn’t know existed.
Many of us humans, my former self included, have become caught up in a matrix that has made us feel we aren’t great if we are not rich, with lots of glossy things to show off. Or we are not smart enough, slim enough, happy enough. There’s always this need for more, as we crave short term joy or constantly feel that the grass is greener than it is on your own lawn. I’ve had a lot of traumatic experiences that I now realise no amount of wealth in the world could have solved. Actually, some have only been made worse by money. I have learnt through my daily healing practises that the greatest wealth I possess of all is the beautiful things that lie within me and in the people I love and cherish. Our physical and mental health is only at its optimal best if all areas are covered: mind, body and soul.
That why I now share my affirmations on my Insta Stories. For me, putting these gratitude posts out there is a way of telling people about all of the little things that we are blessed with! Even if a day feels really rubbish, we all have such amazing things going on. Just enjoying a cup of tea, what a blessing that is! That comfort of a warm brew. How many people in this world don’t have that privilege of sitting in a comfy chair with a cuppa. It’s as simple as that.
I hope that by me doing it others might also think about those small things they are grateful for. Even if it’s just for a moment, it raises the vibration of all around you and makes you feel amazing. I list daily just a few of the things I am grateful for, they can be anything from a pretty avocado, my warm bed, phone calls from my son, cuddles with my baby girl Elsie or deeper things like being grateful for my father’s death. It’s taken a long time to say I’m grateful for that, but I am. The pain is unbearable but it’s triggered a growth and a self belief that has been unscalable. We are blessed to have air inside our lungs and to walk this amazing planet for another day. If that’s not something to be grateful for I don’t know what is. Give it a try.
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