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…..
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.
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.
One of my goals is to practice being less reactive. I aim to find and lengthen the pause between external and internal inputs in order to allow myself the opportunity to think and respond rather than react. Initially, my goal was to create a pause before making decisions about food. I have learned to apply my practice of pausing to many aspects of my behavior.
The word negotiate means to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter, to obtain or bring about by discussion, to bargain, to reach an agreement on. I have been involved in negotiations with other people in a myriad of situations. Reaching an agreeable decision is a common practice.
In February 2017 the book The Obstacle Is The Way came into my life and is a personal favorite. I have re-read this book and often listen the audio version when driving. The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on The Art of Living was published in November 2017 and I was all in. I thought I was all in. It turns out that I was minimally engaged with using this journal. I am grateful for the opportunity to put this journal to use now in 2019.
A tremendous number of decisions are made and executed by us every day. Regardless of the level of consciousness associated with said decisions, we none the less own those decisions and their outcomes. Doing what is easy or what may be our habit does not absolve ownership. Choosing not to do something is an also decision and we own the outcomes of that inaction as well.
The word groove is defined as a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion; an established routine or habit. In 1988, Stella got her groove back during a chance trip to Jamaica with the help of a young hottie. Although different than what Stella was looking for and found, I am working on getting my own groove, my routines and habits, back on track.
The growth mindset is a scholastic concept developed by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck on the perspective of student’s ability to learn versus their innate capabilities. Dweck believes it is best to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning to ensure that they are not driven by external praise.
I am applying for a passport ID card to have as an alternate form of ID. I grabbed my old passport book by mistake and I found an extra copy of my passport photo taken when I renewed my passport book in 2014. The timing of this find is good. Why? It became clear to me that despite my current challenges on my journey, the progress I have made is unmistakable. The reminder is a good one. The reminder is a needed one. Having to put down my current pair of jeans is also a reminder.
The reminder is I need to be more deliberate. Embracing my struggle, dealing with my drift, I came across the following meme that is right on time: