How we perceive ourselves and the world around us depends on our perspective. Similarly, to manifest abundance and joy we often need to start by being mindful of our thoughts and emotions. It may not seem to be an easy task, and it can take a while for us to truly shift our way of thinking. However, we can start by taking small steps toward this goal. One such step is to start a gratitude journal.
Writing in a gratitude journal can help us to focus on every aspect of our day and reflect on it in a positive manner, zooming in on the blessing in each event, rather than on the points that may appear negative. After all, our state of mind affects our perceptions. When we become overwhelmed with copious amounts of work, unresolved personal and family issues, and other everyday ‘annoyances,’ it becomes easy to focus on our ego and forget that we live in an abundant universe in which all that we wish for can be manifested. Challenges in life are inevitable, but it is up to us whether we wish to perceive them as ‘difficult times’ and wonder, “Why does this always have to happen to me?” Instead, we can shift our thoughts to acknowledge that there could very well be a blessing behind the challenge and that everything that we face in life comes into the frame of our life’s picture for a reason. The former thought focuses on personal drama, which is ego-based; the latter thought allows for a positive outlook that invites the vision of the Higher Self to emerge, shutting off the ego-based thoughts that may try to drag us down. A gratitude journal, therefore, can help us to focus our thoughts on the positive aspects of our day, allowing us to see the world and its events in a better light, knowing that we will never be faced with anything we cannot handle, thus helping us to manifest what we wish in life, by helping us to think more positively. If this thought appeals to you, you may wish to try starting a gratitude journal and begin to learn from the experience of this ritual.
If you have been keeping a journal for some time now, in which you record the impressions of your day and various events on which you feel inspired to reflect, starting a gratitude journal may prove to be an easy task. However, for those who have never written in a journal before, this may seem challenging at first. Nevertheless, to create positive change in our lives, we often need to take a risk and step outside of our comfort zones in order to learn about and expand our boundaries.
So, how do I start a gratitude journal?
First, you may wish to purchase a notebook or a journal that feels ‘right’ to you and which you will enjoy holding in your hand and writing in every day. The journal itself can often inspire us to continue writing even when we least feel like it. Every day, at a certain time, dedicate at least 15 minutes to writing in your journal. I prefer to write in the evening, as a way of reflecting on my day, and I often like to start with the phrase, “Today, I am grateful for…” Underneath, I list as many things as I feel moved to list. You may wish to place your hand on your heart area and ask yourself what the answer is. Write down whatever comes to you, without questioning it. The answer might be ‘sunshine,’ ‘my family,’ ‘my job,’ ‘compassion,’ ‘my dog,’ ‘the ability to make a difference in the world,’ etc. You may also wish to journal about an event that took place today that filled your heart with gratitude, or you may wish to write about the kindness of someone who made your day this much brighter. I invite you to try this activity every day for at least 14 days, to see whether it helps you to shift your own outlook and manage challenges that you may face in your life.
This activity may inspire you to experiment with various other ways of writing in your journal, and it is important to find the method that ‘works’ for you. If you wish to share these methods, I invite you to either leave a comment below this blog entry, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to share this information with me only. I would also love to read about your impressions on journaling, if this is a new activity for you.
Affirmation: "I make time to write in my gratitude journal every day, as this activity allows me to see the blessing within every area of my life and enables me to greet each day, with all its events, with a positive outlook. When my heart is filled with gratitude, I am able to manifest Universal abundance and joy in my life."
Today, I am grateful for the ability to share this thought with you. Thank you for reading the posts on Nature’s Secret Whispers.