“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things” Robert Brault
Live in the present:
If you are truly present in the moment (a human being rather a human doing!) you will feel pure joy, contentment, love and happiness. Most of the time, we are so caught up in our thoughts of the past (memories) or the future (planning or worries) that we don’t just let ourselves be in the present moment. Connect with the here and now, either with meditation or yoga, or simply doing something like running, painting or playing with children that lets you feel joy right now.
Be part of the big picture:
Gratitude allows you to realise that you are part of this big, beautiful world. Also, you get to see the big picture of where you are in your life, and take time to celebrate and appreciate the milestones along the way. Enjoy the journey and let go of the planning on the destination.
Make a reverse bucket list:
Maybe you have written a bucket list – a list of what you want to achieve before you die. However, have you taken the time to write a reverse bucket list? Spend some time to reflect and write down all the amazing adventures you have had; the great people you have met along the way; your accomplishments; your goals you have achieved and places you have visited. Take a moment to do this and feel proud of your life and grateful for everything it has given you so far.
Write it down:
Keep a diary (or a small notebook) by your bed and spend a few minutes each day to write down 3 things that you are grateful for. You might like to do this first thing in the morning or last thing at night before going to sleep. It should be easy to name the obvious such as your relationships, your job and home. However, also write down the areas of your life that you take for granted such as the ability to see, drinkable water out of the tap and hearing birds singing in your back garden.
Reap the rewards:
There are so many benefits to practicing gratitude as part of your everyday life. It has been shown to reduce stress; improve our relationships; have a more positive outlook on life; improve our sleep; complain less and keep the doctors at bay with better coping mechanisms and management of illnesses.
As part of my Corporate Yoga and Meditation sessions, Gratitude Meditation and Mindfulness can be added to appreciate all the aspects of our lives. For a quote on sessions at your workplace, please contact Heidi via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0421326046.