Why you can be grateful about meditation

Adopting an attitude of gratitude is the best way to start your day

If you sometimes get up in the morning and think ‘Oh god, not another day’ then starting your day a different way could be the way forward. What thoughts we start to feed ourselves as the alarm goes off tend to set the scene for what kind of day you are going to have. You’ve all heard the saying ‘got out of the wrong side of the bed’. Those days when nothing seems to go right and in fact things only get worse. If you catch yourself thinking ‘this is going to be a bad day’ turn it round and tell yourself, not matter how it’s started ‘this is going to be one of the best days of my life’. Straight away things start looking up.

Think of all the things that you can be grateful for as you get out of bed, having a good nights sleep, waking up refreshed, having hot water to have a shower, a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your teeth. The things that you take for granted.

What have you got be thankful for

When things aren’t going quite right at work or home, we tend to start to think that we don’t have enough. Not enough money, not the right car, our relationships are all going wrong. Here are 5 ways that you can use gratitude to bring about positive change. Gratitude is a powerful emotion and using it consistently is going to change the energy around you and what you attract.

5 ways gratitude brings about positive change

  1. Whether you believe in it or not there is a Law of Attraction, which commonly suggests that like attracts like. So positive thinking and turning that frown upside down will attract more of the same.

  2. Aim to be in the present and be grateful for every moment. Letting go of all worry and stress about the past or future is a great way of practising gratitude in the here and now.

  3. Create a gratitude journal and write in it each night three things that you are grateful for that happened in the day. Someone gave you a helping hand, you achieved a difficult task you’d been putting off, you made up with a friend. You are planting the positive seeds for tomorrow.

  4. Place a small pebble, crystal or small object like a keychain figure in your pocket. Each time you see it and touch it say one thing that you are grateful for. Do this as often as possible (without it becoming weird!).

  5. Practise a gratitude meditation. Find somewhere quiet, Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and think about all the things you are grateful for that happened today. The people that you met, that your car started, that you had a nice sandwich for lunch, you finished on time, you had a good meeting, The list goes on!

    Benefits of a gratitude meditation

    Meditating on gratitude can bring about immediate results of positivity and bring about higher levels of wellbeing. It is also suggested that this practise can improve sleep and decrease levels of depression. Some studies also found that it had a positive effect on academic study, engagement and performance. It can also lead to reduced stress and increased feelings of happiness.

    Unlike some meditations it can be done in a relatively short time and can be done anywhere as you are not having to refer to any documents or videos, only your mind! Something to be thankful for!

You can try this Deepak Chopra gratitude meditation for a great start or reset to any day.

If you are looking for other ways to manage your emotions, you might want to think about trying a Bach’s remedy consultation and personalised remedy selection.

The remedies have a positive effect on emotional imbalances and mood swings such as fear, dejection, lack of self-confidence, stress and worrying. They are completely natural and the name comes from Dr Edward Bach who discovered the healing system in the 1930s.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough
— Melody Beattie