Recently I began a gratitude journal that I keep tucked away in my nightstand. Every night I write down all of the things that I am grateful for beginning with my friends and family, but I push myself to be grateful for even the challenges because they push me to evolve and get comfortable in my discomfort.
But gratefulness goes beyond just writing a list of phrases but overcoming daily obstacles as they come. Frustration is inevitable but if you can find one thing to be grateful out of each frustration, you can foster gratitude and abundance in your life.
Gratitude In Real Life
I used to butt heads with my boss, it was like we spoke two completely different languages and could never find a complete understanding of one another. Every da
y I dreaded seeing him and attributed my bad moods, negative feelings and so on and so forth to him, but it’s ironic because he honestly has one of the best hearts I have ever experienced. It was just a negative cycle I kept myself in.
So I changed it.
I am grateful for him now, for so many reasons.
- For teaching me to find new ways to communicate with others.
- Fostering patience even in disagreement
- And for pushing me away from an unfulfilling job into a career I love
Now think of the most challenging person in your life and write down a list of ways you are grateful for them. Summon this list when you feel your mood shift in response to negative interactions. Change your story and create a new internal dialogue of gratitude.
Is gratitude challenging for you? Try this Chakra meditation, by repeating the affirmations for each chakra and feeling them in their location in the body.