I’ll never forget the first time I saw the beautiful images of frozen water crystals in Masaru Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water. The one for ‘love and appreciation’ was so stunning I think it’s been etched on my visual cortex forever.
Anytime I think of this it reminds me how powerful the act of doing gratitude is. It has an energy and frequency that cannot be denied.
It’s probably 20 years since I first saw those pictures for the first time. Since then neuroscience has come a long way and now explains the biological effects of these kinds of emotions in the body.
Experiencing gratitude isn’t just about having good manners when we say thank you (which is very much what I was brought up with) and but also about raising positive healthy energy in your body. Joe Dispenza talks about how feeling gratitude in your body improves your immune system almost immediately.
And as you probably already know, raising your overall vibration at an energetic level helps you then resonate with higher vibration things and experiences. That is basically the law of attraction in a nutshell – it’s not so much about attraction but about resonance.
So, whichever of those beautiful knock-on effects appeal to you, and perhaps all of them do, here is a beautifully simple way to get the most juice out of a gratitude practice.…
Get gushy about one thing
Instead of rattling off a list of all of the things that you’re grateful for, which is a perfectly good thing to do but can end up feeling a little hollow, choose ONE thing to shower your gratitude on. It could be the hot shower you just had, the meal you’ve just eaten, a loved one, or your memory of a sunset. It can be anything.
I love blissing out on gratitude for the native bush near my house, so it might go a bit like this…
I’m so grateful for walking up through the trees, feeling the freshness and energy all around me. I love the sparkling warm sun on the leaves high up above me and the sound of the breeze through the tops of the trees. I love the light radiating all around. Thank you, beautiful forest. I adore the small green seedlings along the sides of the path and the rich, almost iridescent green moss on the banks of the path. I stop and lay my hands on the damp moss and feel the green energy seeping into my hands. Like a sweet caress from nature. Oh, how I love moss! And oh how poetic I get when I’m gushing about nature!
Oh how I love the light sparkling like diamonds on the river as it flows. If it’s been raining the smell of the damp forest floor is delicious. Thank you, forest, for your stunning energy, for refreshing me and centering me and making me feel vibrant with light and energy. It doesn’t get much better!
Ooooh. So good!
What do you want to bliss out on today? What will you feel gratitude for?
Say it out loud, rant and rave about it, or write it into your journal, and most importantly, feel the warm fuzzies in your body!