“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves” – KAHLIL GIBRAN (1883-1931) poet and artist.
The power of gratitude is phenomenal.
I’m talking next-level-awesome.
And you don’t even need to go barefoot through an abandoned forest to feel it.
There is a common misconception that practicing gratitude sits within the realm of spirituality. But in actual essence, gratitude is simply being thankful for all that you have. You don’t necessarily need to ‘connect with your inner self’ or meditate to experience gratitude. But you do need to say (or think) these words…
Two little words that can change your life. Literally.
This week I was sent a beautiful Australian made Gratitude candle from Circa Home from their limited edition Mother’s Day collection. The collection is designed to warmly remind us of all that we are grateful for.
And I couldn’t be more grateful to have received such a beautiful gift. The Honeyflower and Sandalwood classic candle not only smells DIVINE, but it also goes perfectly with my decor (because you all know I’m a little obsessed with PINK and GOLD and soft tones).
The most exciting news is that we can all practice gratitude together! Circa Home are giving away a Limited Edition Gratitude Gift Pack (RRP $261.50) for Mother’s Day. You can enter the competition HERE for your chance to win the collection for yourself and someone you are grateful for (terms and conditions apply).
Why is gratitude so important?
Gratitude reminds us to to focus on what we DO have instead of what we don’t.
Gratitude, without effort, sparks positivity.
Gratitude makes negativity near impossible.
Gratitude pushes us to be kind.
Gratitude reminds us to slow down.
Gratitude eliminates criticism.
Gratitude makes us happy.
Gratitude creates abundance.
How I started practicing gratitude every day:
At the end of 2015 I re-read the book “the Magic”. I read it several years prior and made some small changes, but I felt that the recommendations in the book were not sustainable for me long term.
So I did as I do with anything I feel doesn’t quite fit my own values. I adapted it to suit my own lifestyle and needs.
I bought a beautiful blank journal.
I sat down EVERY morning (while balancing a bowl of zucchini oats on my knees) for an entire month and wrote five things I was grateful for as well as WHY I was grateful for those things.
Each day I challenged myself to think of new things to be grateful for.
After a month I realised I was practicing gratitude naturally throughout my day. I also realised something kinda cool…
I was feeling happier.
And more positive.
And things I had been worrying about were starting to fall into place (like trying to save a deposit for a house – which we JUST signed the contract for).
I now only occasionally write as a form of practicing gratitude. For the most part I try to take in the little moments that remind me of why I am thankful and I SMILE as I think of them.
The most fascinating thing about practicing gratitude is the way I just felt “bouncier”. I just felt like things that worried me before didn’t worry me as much. Even on hard days I felt like there were SO MANY positives to be thankful for.
Be grateful for you just as you are. You are perfect.
Don’t forget to enter (here) to win the Limited Edition Gratitude Gift Pack (RRP $261.50) for you and someone you are grateful for.