Attitude of Gratitude

It is New Years Eve. Today is the day when we should take stock of the year pass and make plans for the year ahead.

Most of us would never have guessed that 2020 would have been a whole humankind rubbish year. Most have had to put their lives on pause and forego all the things that make life bearable: hugs, kisses, get togethers, travel, simple human connection. Most would agree we have lost control of some of our lives either by choice or social duty directive.

Despite this, no matter how we are feeling at this moment, we have survived to this point. As 2021 is only hours away, we still need to take stock of the positives, no matter how small: spending more time with your most immediate family, learning to cook or bake, gardening, spending time in nature, tackling technological challenges to be able to connect on some level with loved ones, taking care of our neighbours more, coming to the realisation of what is most important in life.

We need to end 2020 with gratitude. If we don’t, than it has beaten us. We have the power to not let this happen.

We need to start the new year with gratitude as well. Have the attitude of gratitude in 2021.

Here are some Top Mindful Gratitude Strategies:

1- Guided Meditations: Some people have a hard time starting a practice of Mindful Gratitude. Our negative thoughts push away the positivity or we just don’t know where to begin. Start the day with a Guided Meditation for Gratitude. Allow the meditation to guide you through your exploration of gratitude. Here are some nice Gratitude Meditations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL76Tcrfnqwv5Mxt47DEZaZ1s6Ps3L3tL6

2- Make a List… one thankful thought at a time. You don’t have to make a long list to develop gratitude. You don’t even need a fancy sheet of paper or notebook. Just start a list. Begin each day by writing one thing you are grateful for. You can make a rule that you always have to write something different or you can repeat things. It doesn’t matter. But, at the end of the year, you will have a list of 365 things that brighten your life.

3- Gratitude Jar: Get a Jar. Decorate it if you like. But, you don’t have to. Each week, write a little note with the date and what has made you grateful and put it in the jar. When you are feeling low, take out the jar and read your little notes and remember there is good in your life.

4- Thank You Notes/Cards: Each week, choose one person or group of people that have make a difference in your life (big or small). You can do this anonymously if you like. It doesn’t matter. Just write the note and ensure they get it. Expressing gratitude makes both you and the receiver feel better.

5- #AttitudeOfGratitude– Join me periodically on Twitter or my Facebook page ALL YEAR and share your moment of gratitude or read the moments of gratitude of others using the hashtag #AttitudeOfGratitude. It will uplift your spirits and the spirits of others to see the positivity even on the darkest of days.

How do you keep yourself doing any of these things? Set yourself an alarm on your phone. A simple daily or weekly alarm that reminds you to take that moment now to be grateful, to find the positives of the day, week or life in general and reflect on them for at least a moment. They will become little miracle moments where we can bask in positive thoughts despite the storm blowing around us.

Life will not always be a bed of roses and 2021 will continue to have some of the same challenges 2020 gave us.

How you react to those thorns in the bed of roses will set the scene for your everyday life. Mindful gratitude reminds us to appreciate the scent of those roses.

2017 – The Year of Mindfulness

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I find it interesting that a random date can have so much significance. Why should the 1st January mark the beginning of a new year, the beginning of fresh starts or a difference of such significance that copious amounts of sparkly beverages and loud fireworks blast into the air?

We should treat each new day with the same exuberance and positive outlook that we use to celebrate a new year on a calendar.

Earlier this week I shared my Mindful New Year’s Resolutions. Life is not easy. As we go about our lives, it can feel like a roller coaster. Some days are exciting, peaceful and perfectly awe inspiring and other days plunge us to the very edge of insanity. Taking control of the ride takes daily practice, even for the most experienced.

Even for the most experienced mindfulness practitioners, a refreshing of mindfulness practice can bring us deeper peace and control of our emotions.

So, let’s kick start 2017 and work on developing our own mindfulness so that we can be models for others around us.

#MonthOfMindfulness Challenge will only take a few minutes a day. There will be some tasks that you take to easily and there will be others that will not suit you. That is ok. This is about opening up and building your toolkit of mindfulness strategies.

The #MonthOfMindfulness Challenge can be started on ANY day. So, don’t worry if you don’t begin on 1st January. Just begin on Day 1 and take it one day at a time!

Share the strategies with others, document your progress and give yourself permission to be more mindful in 2017.

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You can also email me at EVMindfulness@outlook.com .

Prepare Now for a New Year of Mindfulness

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Ok, so you had the best of intentions to start the academic year mindfully. After a restful summer, you were determined to be mindful. But, before you knew it, you were knee deep in teaching, marking and new policies, all thoughts of mindfulness went out the window.

It happens! That is ok. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Make the development of your own mindfulness and the mindfulness of your class your New Years Resolution.

But, we all know that doing anything cold turkey can be counter productive. So, in preparation for the new Mindful year, get in a little mindfulness practice. Over five days, complete a new part.

Part 1 – Shoulder Relaxation

Part 2 – Mindful Object Meditation

Part 3 – Morning Mindfulnes

Part 4  – STOP Meditation

Part 5 – Meditation

Then, in January, join me for a #MonthOfMindfulness. Keep active in your thoughts and conversations mindfulness strategies. Like all things it takes practice and nurturing. Even if you have practiced mindfulness for a while, refreshing your practice will support your mental well being as well as the mental well being if your class and family.

 

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