How to Cultivate More Gratitude in Your Life

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In an earlier post, we talked about how gratitude comes from a strong, quiet connection with the Higher Self. Yet with our busy lives and busy minds, how can we make and maintain that connection?

It starts from setting an intention to have a more grateful mindset – to turn our thoughts to grateful acceptance of whatever is happening, all through the day. An intention is very different from a goal. A goal might be to list five things you are grateful for, every morning or every night. While this is a helpful and healing practice, gratitude is even more powerful when it is woven into our whole lives.

There are many practices that can help you cultivate your inner connection and focus on your gratitude during the day; writing in a gratitude journal is just the tip of the iceberg.

Some people feel centered when they sit cross-legged on the floor and take a few deep breaths, or use certain yoga postures (read how yoga is particularly helpful for people in recovery from eating disorders). Others find their focus while taking a walk out in nature, or cuddling with a pet.

There is not just one way to cultivate stillness, focus and gratitude in your life. The important thing is the intention to keep seeking ways to be open to receiving these gifts of gratitude awareness into your being.

It is my job as a counselor and yoga therapist to help people find their inner inspiration, and I cherish this role. Please contact White Picket Fence Counseling Center for more information about our upcoming workshops on Cultivating Gratitude and Mindfulness, where I will help you find your own unique way to connect with your Higher Self.

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