There are tons of books and journals that talk about the importance of being grateful in order to have a good life, whether they are based on the principles of Law of Attraction, are a part of a specific faith, or are mentioned in books associated with creating healthy morning routines. However, what most of them have in common is that they suggest the making and keeping of regular gratitude lists or similar short listings of aspects to appreciate, like in the gratitude jar, while they are not touching how to truly connect with the depth of the power that gratitude has to offer. This is why, I have recorded today’s podcast episode for you, to give you an understanding of how to really tap into the awesome power that this deep daily gratitude practice can offer you.
You can listen to this episode right here on the blog, or via the links below, or, if you prefer, read the transcript of this episode of Manifest A Positively Abundant Life Podcast below.
Transcript Of Deepening Your Daily Appreciation Practice with Gratitude Essays – Podcast Episode 11
There are a lot of techniques that can be done to raise your frequency, become more positive, and align yourself with the powers of co-creation, but the easiest, and most efficient way to do so is through a deep appreciation practice. This practice differs from the typical gratitude practice, in its focus and depth. Let me give you some tips on how to deepen your gratitude practice, after a word from today’s sponsor, Anchor.
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”
Dive Deeper Into The Power of Appreciation
Whenever the topic of positive thinking comes up, a gratitude practice is often mentioned in almost the same breath, and I truly believe that this is very accurate and should be continuously fostered by Law of Attraction Coaches and Spiritual teachers. However, simply making gratitude lists once or twice a day – or worse, inconsistently – only scratches the surfaces of the true power of appreciation and giving praise. A deep connection on an emotional level to that practice, that is done regularly is achieved when we go beyond the mere listing of items – which let’s be honest, tend to be either obvious or tangible physical items in our experience.
There are two important points that make a deep appreciation practice different:
- It is not done in list form. Deep appreciation and gratitude are better felt, and connected with when done so in full sentences, as the emotion of the thought can go a lot deeper when communicated through a couple of short paragraphs. Making mere lists is distant while rambling on about the beauty our experiences is emotional and therefore activates a connection to the subject matter. Through that you have now established a positive connection, which lasts longer than just a fraction of a second, Law of Attraction is automatically activated and your brain is now also actively looking for more of the same, due to the positive rush that it experiences. You are combining the powers of co-creation with the powers of your mind to bring more to appreciate into your life.
- It does not necessarily focus on the tangible. By choosing subjects to appreciate that are more emotional, or based on a specific sub idea, or concept, you are expanding your gratitude practice toward something that has a lot more meaning. Choosing to write a paragraph about the concept of acquiring knowledge, or experiencing kindness is a lot more rewarding and in-depth experience than simply creating a list about what is right in front of you. While there is nothing wrong with including the physical and tangible, limiting it to those items, minimizes the power of a gratitude practice.
A list of those subjects can include but are not limited to: giving and receiving kindness, trust, acquiring knowledge, strength and courage, forgiveness, and so forth. I am creating a PDF worksheet that will include 30 subjects for your deep appreciation practice to get you started. Follow the link at the end of the article, to get access
There is no reason to completely disregard gratitude lists however, I often incorporate a list at the end of my gratitude essay.
5 Tips on how to write a gratitude essay
- Write for as long as you are comfortable. There are going to be some days where your words flow, and others where you will only be able to manage a few sentences. And is completely okay. Most of the time, however, I have found that once I get started, and if I allow myself to feel whatever I am writing, the words flow, and I write more than just a few simple and short sentences.
- Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. Allow your words to flow naturally and quickly. Do not overthink it, as no one is going to read this essay. It is a private practice, so do not censor yourself.
- If you are religious, keep your God or your Angels in mind when you are writing. Sometimes it is easier to write with such a deep emotional expression when we are writing with someone in mind. Some days I write to my Angels – especially after I have felt deeply guided beforehand, and other times, I address my gratitude essay to the Universal Source Energy. Do whatever feels right to you that day, and allow it to evolve and change if you feel so inclined.
- Allow yourself to get emotional. A deep appreciation practice is an emotional practice. Unlike gratitude lists, this is the time to actually feel deeply about the subject and to allow that to flow on the page. This may bring with it surprising results, such as thoughts you may not have thought of in a while, memories that you have forgotten about, or a deeper, tear-filled reaction, as it has happened to me on more than one occasion.
- It does not matter if you write this practice with pen and paper, or on your computer. However, if you choose to use a computer journal, make sure that you are efficient and fast at typing in order to allow a flow to occur. If you have to look at the keyboard too intently, you will not be able to connect deeply with what you are writing, and therefore should then resort to writing on paper instead. However, if you can type quite fast, and can keep yourself from editing as you go along, writing on a computer is just fine. I do not suggest, however, that you use dictation software unless you are not able to write by hand or on the computer.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Here is a short example of a gratitude essay on the topic of trust:
I thank you today, and always. Your messages are always on time, and in sync with what I need to hear, and I am so thankful for that. I know that I can trust that you will give me the messages that I need to hear, and I trust that you are always listening. Separation is an illusion, I know this now, and we are never separate, and I am thankful for learning that and realizing that. I am grateful for your presence in my life, way before I know consciously that you existed, way before I decided to connect with you, Source. I trust that I can turn toward you, toward the positivity that is in the world, that is there, and which I will notice if I am only willing to pay attention to it, just for a moment or two. I am so very thankful for knowing that in my bones, and feeling that with all of who I am. Thank you.
Let Your Emotions Take The Lead
Another aspect I want to mention when writing these gratitude essays is that you do not have to force yourself to stay on topic. If you feel lead toward a different emotion or thing that you want to write about, then go with it. Allow yourself to be guided by your emotional connection to being grateful. And let it take the lead.
I hope you enjoyed today’s podcast episode. As I mentioned, I am including a printable PDF for this particular subject. If you want to access this – and additional positive living resources – follow THIS LINK RIGHT NOW!
Have a blessed day!