DAY 14: Daily Motivator- “Your Instant Negativity Buster”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
~~Oprah Winfrey

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…It can turn a meal into a feast,a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~~Melody Beattie

1.5 billion Muslims practice salat every day. Salat is a ritual in which they pray to God five times a day. Before dawn, at noon, in the afternoon, after sunset and before they go to sleep. Salat symbolizes what Muslims consider to be the purpose of creation, which is to worship God

There is something inspiring about a practice that constantly reconnects you tothe truth of your being and your purpose throughout the day. Ritual and practice can give meaning to our lives.

An instant negativity buster that will alter the path of the constant river ofnegative thinking we all tend to swim in is a gratitude practice.

When you start the day focusing on what you are grateful for, it immediately puts you in a positive frame of mind. It creates a “have” consciousness. It reminds you of all that you have in your life rather than what you may think you lack.

Negative thinking always focuses on lack, reminding you about what you don’t have,can’t do or be. You are not in present time. You are generally living in the past or future playing out old tapes and previous experiences. Expressing gratitude gets you present to what you have and what’s working in your life. You begin to live in the present, in the NOW, rather than in the past or the future.

The Law of Attraction tells us that like attracts like. We attract what we are. Thefastest way to get rid of lack consciousness is to be grateful. The more weacknowledge what we have the more we end up having!”

Closing the day with thoughts of what you are grateful for allows you to reconnect to Source Energy as you focus on all the gifts that life/the Universe has given you and the different forms they take in your life.

My Gratitude Practice:

1. When I wake up as soon as I notice my monkey mind chattering, the first thing I do is to think of three things I’m grateful for.

2. Later when I meditate and pray, I write my “gratitudes” in my journal.

3. During the day, I give thanks at mealtimes to remind me of how much I have andreconnect me to the Source of all life.

4. If the day is challenging and we are under pressure because of some incident, my husband and I have a practice. We stop in the middle and ask the other “What are you grateful for?” It immediately pulls us out of the drama that is taking place and reminds us of the vaster reality of which we are a part.

Whatever is taking place in the moment, whatever limitations we may be experiencing in our thoughts or our apparent circumstances, we are reminded that there is an infinite reality of which we are a part that is always there to support and guide us.

 5. Before I sleep, I think of three things that I am grateful for and give thanks. If I’m not too tired, I write them down in my journal!

This practice helps me to recognize the divine qualities that are within me – abundance,joy, love, harmony, peace…etc. and reconnects me to Source. In this state I can drift into a deep restorative sleep and be available to divine guidance during the night.

Practice gratitude this week and see how it shifts your experience.