If you’ve read many of my posts, you know this is not the first time I’ve written about the power of finding something, anything, for which to be thankful. And it probably won’t be the last because that’s how important gratitude is. It is one of the most powerful forces that can turn a bad mood or a bad day into one of beauty and joy. Have you ever experienced this? I’d love to hear your story.
Here’s the story of one of my gratitude miracles…
I was driving to meet with a client on a rainy day. I hadn’t slept well the night before and was a little tired and stressed. I had used EFT Tapping to help with all those issues, and I could still feel a nagging negativity returning, trying to gain a firm grasp on my day. This negativity was not the energy I wanted to bring with me to my sweet client! So I tried my other ‘go-to’ remedy for turning my day around.
When I reached a traffic light and it was green, I said, “Thank you.” I noticed traffic was very mild, and I said, “Thank you.” When I reached the next traffic light and it was red, I said, “thank you” because I appreciated the stillness and the short break from driving in the rain. And I felt a small smile forming in my heart and on my face. The miracle had begun. Thank you.
With a deep, calming breath, I felt the beauty of a positive attitude return, and I felt my day turned around. I could almost feel the shift. I was able to bring positive, supportive energy to my client, and she reflected that positive attitude back to me. It’s all connected.
Your energy and attitude will quickly spiral upward when you take a moment to appreciate at least one of the 10,000 things around you that are just waiting for you to notice. Then take a slow breath to bring that gratitude into your physical body. You can pull yourself up and out of negativity, fear, sadness, or loneliness and into happiness with one breath and the simple act of gratitude.
When nothing seems to be going right, or you feel like life is total crap, try this quick trick. Notice one thing, the most ridiculously small thing that you never thought to be thankful about, and say “thank you” either aloud or to yourself as you inhale that feeling of gratitude. Then find one more small thing, and maybe one more just for fun, and notice what happens. What have you got to lose?
If you’d like to learn more about the power of breathing to feel better and to manage stress, I’ve written a short, step-by-step book just for you. It’s called Take One Breath: The Art of Managing Stress Through Mindful Breathing. It’s the first in the Art of Managing Stress Series.
You’ve got this!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.