THE ART OF GRATITUDE, THREE FUN AND EASY WAYS TO RECHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY
Practicing the art of gratitude is simply taking the time to feel appreciation for the good things in life. I find that practicing gratitude is one of the quickest ways I know of to reenergize my spirit and creativity.
Below are three fun and easy ways to practice the art of gratitude and sprinkle the magic of heartfelt appreciation in your day.
SOULFUL MORNING GRATITUDE PRACTICE
This quick wake up for body and heart takes three minutes or less and is perfect way to start your day with intention.
Gratitude lists are great but I’ve noticed that if I can slow down and actually feel the essence of appreciation in my own body that the positive effects are even more potent. Here’s one way I love to combine gratitude with mindful movement.
1. Stand with your feet hip width apart. (Choose someplace with a pretty view if you can. I like to stand in front of my window watching the sunrise over our Maple Tree.) 2. As you inhale, Stretch arms out to your sides and reach up overhead. Reach up until your hands meet over the top of your head 3. As you exhale and gently lower your arms back down to your sides.
With every inhale stretching up think of something your are thankful for. On the exhale simply savor the essence of your gratitude. If you like you can use the mantra, ‘Inhale I am thankful for __________. Exhale, Thank You.’
I like to do about 10 cycles, but even just one or two repetitions in front of the bathroom mirror can add a little juice to your day. You could do this one on your own or invite your kids or loved ones to participate. You can’t do this wrong, experiment with combining movement, breath and gratitude in a way that feels the best to your body and soul! If you try this out, let me know if you notice any difference in how your morning feels and flows.
MORE MAGIC at MEALTIMES
This is such a simple way to add connection and positivity to your dinner routine. A variation on saying grace, right after we sit down to eat we like to go around the table and each person shares something they are grateful for:
it can be the beautiful food in front of you, a favorite part of your day, words of appreciation for your partner or kids at the table with you or anything that brought you joy that day.
We do this at most of our family dinners. It’s a great way to create a peaceful moment or two at the beginning of your meal and reconnect with your loved ones after a busy day. And this ritual is just as awesome if you are eating alone and can really take the time to savor a few moments of gratitude.
COLORING CARD THANK YOU NOTES
And finally, some good old fashioned thank you notes.
In my experience, the key to a meaningful thank you note is sending it because you really want to reach out and send some appreciation and not out of obligation. Print out a few of these to have ready when inspiration strikes and then send a thank you from the heart.
This download contains three variations on the the thank you card design shown: Two black and white versions for coloring, one with lots of details (shown in the picture) and a simplified version that I thought might be more fun for little kids, and finally the fully colored version for when you don’t have time to color your own or to serve as coloring inspiration.
Coloring can be so meditative and is a fun way to access your creativity. The beautiful thing about making your own cards (just like making your own food) is that you can infuse it with lots of love and beauty from the heart.
I also love to place these on a family member’s pillow or somewhere else they can discover an unexpected note of appreciation. And Yes, you are definitely allowed to give a card to yourself. I know you deserve it!
If you end up coloring a card I would love to see what you come up with. I am working on adding photos to the comments but for now, stop by my Facebook page and post your pictures!
If you’re looking for more coloring designs you can check out this Magical Garden Coloring Card in my Etsy Shop.
How about you? Do you have other ways you like weave the art of gratitude into your day? I would love to hear about it!