I spent most of Easter hiking through Muir Woods with my little sister, Kenzie.
I paused a few times on the hike to think of things I’m grateful for. While in a beautiful forest with a sister and with the plan of meeting family later, it wasn’t hard to think of what I’m grateful for. Yet it gets easier each day.
I’ve attempted the practice of gratitude for many months now, but after I went to a Tony Robbins event (UPW) a few weeks ago, I committed to making it a daily practice. I think of three moments I’m grateful for and feel them. There’s more to it than just this, but the point is to deliberately carve out time each day to focus on what you’re grateful for.
Do this, and more things you’re grateful for start to pop up each day. Do it enough, you feel overwhelmed with gratitude. This works when you’re stressed out or feeling particularly ungrateful. The cure is focusing on all you have to be grateful for. It becomes impossible to stay in a bad mood when you feel staggeringly lucky to have been given your life.
I’ve committed to this daily practice because I want to live in a state of always feeling grateful. If I keep shifting my vision to look at the things I’m grateful for, more and more of these things show up in my life.
Another daily practice I’m doing, for April: daily blogging. I’ve felt inconsistent lately with what I’m creating or consuming, adjusting to being home after an incredible trip to Spain. When I was there, it felt as though I was inspired every single day just by waking up. How do I get that back? The daily practice of blogging.
If I keep shifting my vision to look at things I’m inspired by or want to write about, more and more of these things show up in my life. But I have to show up first, with a daily practice of doing so.