Observations 3.4 – Online Banking

Among other things, lol, I am grateful for online banking.  I am also grateful for two free resources I came across recently for upping my gratitude practice.

First is the Calm Gratitude Masterclass Toolkit found on the blog Calm.  This resource is a nicely laid out, 18-page booklet chock full of ideas and beautiful pictures.

“We created this toolkit for you to explore some additional gratitude exercises and practices offered by Tamara. As she recommends, try different ones, experiment to see what works, and forge a daily habit of expressing and feeling gratefulness. Enjoy!”

The second resource is episode 74 from The Early Risers Podcast.  Building Confidence, Better Health, Stronger Relationships, and a Better Life by Practicing Gratitude is worth the 34-minute listen.  This listen inspired me to implement a facet to my gratitude journaling that I had read about before – adding a “why” to that for which you are grateful.  I notice a difference in the depth of my feelings when I am writing why I am grateful.

  • I am grateful for online banking because it is a convenient way to manage my account.
  • I am grateful for the man who asked to pet my dog because it brought lots of tail wagging and happiness.
  • I am grateful for my car that gives me reliable transportation.
  • I am grateful to be physically able to pull weeds for a nice yard.

Another bonus is I scored the style of blank journals I like from the discount store Ollie’s at a great price.  I could not resist buying several!

Try engaging in a gratitude journaling practice.  I find that it does make a positive difference in my mindset.

More to come…..



Observations 3.3 – The Practice of Beginning Again

I often refer to the concept of practice in my writing.  Two previous posts are Improvement Through Practice and  The Value of Practice.  I am learning about a new dimension of the value of practice with regard to meditation.

I have a keen interest in fortifying my mindset and the value of meditating comes up often in many of the podcasts I listen to.  I only had a vague notion of what meditation was. Let me be honest, if it required sitting on the floor with my legs crossed it was not going to be for me.  Keeping an open mind, I decided to find out more.

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Observations 3.2 – Promises To Keep

Returning to reciting my affirmations and whys over the last month has helped me realize the value in this practice.  Admittedly, I had drifted away from the habit.  Reading my affirmations and whys aloud to myself literally takes less than 60 seconds of the day.  I like to wrap up morning journaling with reciting my affirmations and whys.  I recently experienced specific occasions where I believe this practice has given me the awareness to make the better choice.

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Currently Crushing On: FUNGuys and FUNGals

There may be a fungus among us! ‘Shroms rule!

I have been drinking Four Stigmatic  Reishi Mushroom Elixir at bedtime a little over a month.  I am experiencing a positive impact on my sleep and this prompted me to dig deeper into the company and their other offerings.  Stumbling across their mushroom academy was a fun and interesting find.  Four Stigmatic Mushroom Academy offers a free video series for learning more about medicinal mushrooms.  Continue reading