I believe that a big part of witchcraft is having a healthy mindset. With that comes the practice of mindfulness & gratitude.
When your brain is foggy and you’re riddled with indecision, it’s hard to make choices that get you to where you want to be in life.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
Gratitude and mindfulness go together like peanut butter and jelly!
Gratitude allows us to notice the many blessings we have and distracts us from the many misfortunes that we face in life.
Mindfulness helps us react to our misfortunes with grace, acceptance, and calmer energy.
Together these two practices nurture the happier self within us. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness can be a game-changer.
Awesome things are happening every day even if it doesn't feel like it. You just have to take a moment, breathe, and realize all the little, wonderful things add up and make your day not as bad as you think it is. This is mindfulness; you become aware.
(Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.)
Creating healthy habits are extremely beneficial for the mind, body and spirit.
One study suggests that to create a habit, it takes the average person 66 days.
How you start your day is essentially how the rest of the day goes.
Every single person is presented with a new day, a new opportunity to begin again.
Starting your day off with gratitude puts you in an uplifting state-of-mind, and what better way to start your day than to begin it on a positive note.
“Dear Self, Today you will shine! Love, Me” 😁
So let's be mindful and practice gratitude...
Upon waking for the next 66 days, write down one thing you are grateful for.
After 66 days, you will have 66 things to look back on and will be well on your way to embracing a beautiful new habit.
And for some reason when I say, "OK, write down something you are you grateful for.", everyone seems to go into panic mode and they scream, "I can't think of anything!"
They think it has to be some grandiose event or 10 paragraphs long. Let me assure you, it doesn't have to be an elaborate sentence and it could literally be 2 words.
Begin by looking at the little things we take for granted, everyday.
And it doesn't always have to be a 'thing', it could even be a person you are grateful for to have in your life. So, when I ask, "Write down what you are grateful for" Your answer could simply be, "Mom."
Here is some inspiration:
1. My morning coffee in my office with the sun pouring through.
2. The chirping birds. They bring me peace.
3. My beautiful roses in my yard.
4. Having toilet paper!
5. Having working plumbing!
8. Having a comfortable bed.
9. Being able to call anyone I desire at anytime.
10. The internet - knowledge at my fingertips.
11. My practice.
Ok, take a breathe and don't panic! Take a moment and be mindful and ask yourself, "What are you grateful for?"
Until next time...Live, Love, & Magick