Happy Mindful Monday!

There are so many beautiful, precious moments throughout each day. All we have to do is be still, breathe, and pay attention.

The extraordinary sun rising, the crisp, colorful leaves falling from the trees, a warm, cozy home, a warm cup of tea, and the list goes on and on and on…

Often times we tend to be more mindful of the negative instead of the positive- because that is what our minds tend to do. For example, there are so many wonderful things that I should appreciate on any given day. Cuddling with my babies, my loving husband, a nice, warm home, and many other things as well.

However, what do I often choose to focus on? The negative!

I complain about many things. Such as…

Why did winter come so soon? Why am I always so tired? I wish I had more time to write. Why is there always SO much laundry?

And then, when I look into the hamper before I complete yet ANOTHER load of laundry, I remind myself that I have a wonderful family that I get to take care of.

If we just change our perspective, even a little, it makes a world of difference.  

It states in the bible that “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We have to try to be more grateful, friends.

God gives us so many precious moments. He wants us to appreciate them.

Oprah says that her blessings grew when her gratitude grew. She states “The more grateful I became the more my bounty increased. That’s because-for sure-what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.”

Being grateful is a habit that we can practice. And the more grateful you become, the easier it will be to start noticing gratitude! This will ‘train your brain’ to become more positive, naturally. And soon you will start to notice your blessings everywhere… even when you look in the hamper!

Follow the tips below to practice gratitude:

1). Learn to stop throughout the day and breathe. Be grateful for anything and everything. If you are having a bad day and are struggling to find something to be grateful for– think of things like a warm roof over your head, your health, and food in the fridge.

2). Every night before you go to sleep learn to recall things that you are grateful for.

3). Practice your gratitude by writing in a journal. It is helpful to do it every day at the same time to build a habit.

Good luck! And happy mindFULness 🙂

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