Rituals are so important when it comes to practicing gratitude. One of the best rituals to have is journaling. Some of you at this point may be saying to yourself “Journaling? Who has time for that?” Well I’m here to tell you; you have the time. This is a simple practice that can take as little at two minutes to as long as thirty plus minutes a day. It all depends on the time you desire to put into it. For me, being that I am an early riser, I will typically spend about five to ten minutes of my morning writing in my gratitude journal – then later in the evening I will revisit it and add any additional things that I was grateful for throughout the day. This is a practice where no way is the right way – the right way is what works best for you.
With that being said, let’s get back to journaling. I have seen people format their gratitude journals in various ways. You’ll find that it really comes down to your personality and your own individual writing style. For me, I tend to be very “Type A” when it comes to journaling and find that I lean towards bullet points/numbering. You may find that it is better for you to jot down your thoughts all over the place. Whatever works, works.
So break out a journal or a piece of paper, and let’s get started.
Step 1: Pop some headphones in and turn whatever genre of music you’re feeling today OR surround yourself in silence.
Step 2: Take a deep breath in – and out. (repeat this a few times until you find yourself in a centered place of focus)
Step 3: Notice your surroundings – the kids playing in the living room, the smell of coffee brewing.
Step 4: Just exist in this stillness
Step 5: Write. Let the words flow for all the things you are truly grateful for in your life, in this moment.
At the end of all of this process – take a moment to be grateful for this moment, right now – because this moment is your life. ❤