Who me?

It was years ago, on the Oprah Winfrey show, when I first heard that it is good for the mind, body, soul, future prosperity, etcetera, to list things that we are grateful for each and every day.  Perhaps you have tried it before?  If so, you certainly have felt that instant mood-lift that such a simple exercise provides.  If you haven’t tried it before take a moment and try it now to feel that instant benefit.

If you’re in a rough patch in your life and find it difficult to come up with examples, just think of things as simple as your ability to read, the fact that you can access free self-help online, your freedom to believe with time and effort things will get better…

Today I was reading an article from the Chopra Center (www.chopra.com – a wonderful place to for finding self-improvement articles that focus on health and spirituality), entitled 12 Ways to Build Self-Trust.  I’ve pasted the link below for those of you interested in the whole article.

(http://www.chopra.com/ccl/how-to-cultivate-self-trust?j=28237605&e=susanrotella@yahoo.ca&l=1462048_HTML&u=347843177&mid=10914341&jb=3426&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=CCL+Newsletter+160503&utm_campaign=Newsletter201653 )

The point that stuck out for me the most with this article was the writer’s suggestion that we regularly identify qualities that exist in ourselves that we are grateful for.

If someone was to ask me the most common issue my clients come to me for counselling/therapy with, I would have to say that people are far too hard on themselves – they carry guilt, shame,  and underdeveloped self-entitlement, self-compassion, self-confidence, self-esteem…

A gratitude practice is a perfect pick-me-up for a variety of problems, but a self-gratitude practice would be of even more benefit to people who struggle with the aforementioned issues – people who don’t recognize that they have every right to be in this world, and to be treated with decency the same as every other person.

To these people especially I recommend this daily gratitude practice, and to everyone really.  If you’re able to help yourself you’re further enabled to help others, and being able to help ourselves and others is something to be very grateful for…

Keep well…


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