What book are you most grateful for?
I am a self-proclaimed book hoarder. I love them. I prefer hardcovers and will pay the extra for one if it's part of a series that I'm currently obsessed with. I have been an avid reader all of my life and can remember reading Dr. Seuss and making up songs to the words, then pouring over Judy Blume's books and being amazed that she could write about real teen aged things. When I was in college it was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor that rocked my world. In my 20's I discovered The Vampire Chronicles and would countdown the days until the next book in the series would be released. After that I discovered a love of historical fiction that painted pictures of a past life I imagine I once lived...all stone keeps and clan lords. My 40's have so far seen me exploring the writings and teachings of my spiritual mentors...Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Brene Brown, but the one that I have to say has had the biggest impact on me is E2 (E Squared), by Pam Grout. I speak of this book on here all the time because it really can be a life changing book. This little book proved to me, through a series of simple science experiments that my thoughts really do affect my reality and the Universe is always, always giving us exactly what we ask it for. If you haven't read it, please do.
What memory are you grateful for?
I have many memories that I am grateful for. Ones that make me smile and ones that make me cry. They have all shaped who I am today. I have to say that one of my favorite go-to ones involves my dear friend who passed away far too early. He and I were out at a busy bar one night and were talking to another, mutual friend of ours. During the course of the conversation he told our mutual friend, "Whoever marries this girl will be the luckiest man on the planet." To this day no one has ever echoed that sentiment and it will stay with me forever. Not only because the words themselves meant so much to me, but because of who said them.
I love you my friend and miss you every day. ♥
What, in nature, are you grateful for?
I would have to say trees, and water...which is ironic and sad since I don't live close to either. This speaks to my restless spirit who longs to be able to reconnect with that, in nature, which I am most grateful for.
What sound are you most grateful for today?
Since the questions asks what sound I'm most grateful for today, I am going to say my bedroom fan. I really needed to catch up on some sleep, and last night, with my trusty little fan going beside me all night, I slept like a log. I even slept in which for me is a huge bonus! The white noise of my fan helped make it so.
What food are you most grateful for?
This may not exactly be a specific food, but I am most grateful for my smoothies. I have one every day and that is where I put all of my "good stuff". I look forward to them and enjoy them every morning.
What colour are you grateful for?
This is a tricky one...I love so many different colours in so many applications in my life. I truly don't know that I can pick one. I'm grateful for black in my wardrobe because it can be paired with any colour. I'm grateful for purple because it's my favourite colour. I'm also very grateful for reds and oranges and gold and pinks of the sun sets that I love so much.
What technology are you grateful for?
This is a tricky one because I could lump it all together in one umbrella answer of electricity, but I think I will keep it specific....
I have to say I am very grateful for my iPhone. I do everything on it. It keeps me connected and able to share things with people whom it otherwise might not be as easy to. Also, it is very easy to put on silent for those times when I just need some peace. :)
I can sometimes - ok a lot of the time - sound like a broken record when it comes to gratitude. It is the single most powerful and transformative thing that I embraced in my life. That is not an exaggeration at all, if anything, it is a gross understatement.
Once you start setting time aside every single day to acknowledge the blessings in your life, and to give thanks for them, your entire Universe changes. Not only that, your actual brain function changes. You create new neuropathways in your brain when you express gratitude. That's science y'all, not mumbo-jumbo.
Four years ago, when my husband of 15 years separated from me, I made the conscious choice to see the devastating, heartbreaking, terrifying experience as an opportunity to rewrite my story. To reacquaint myself with me. To reconnect with my too-long dormant spiritual self. This journey encompassed many things from yoga to working with a personal life coach. I learned to honor my thoughts, feelings and time. I also became familiar with the simple concept of gratitude. Simple, because we are all taught to say thank you. Little did I know that this simple thing held a power that would change everything for me.
I incorporated gratitude into my daily life. No matter how shitty of a day I had, I always, always made myself come up with three things that I was grateful for at the end of that day. Believe me, some days it was damn hard - my ego would be in full blown tantrum mode and would be refusing to even acknowledge the simplest thing to be thankful for, but once I learned to quiet that voice, I would begrudgingly find one thing.....then another....then another. Always. I still end my days like this. I go to sleep with the warm vibration of gratitude in my heart and mind.
Eventually I felt guided to create a social media Gratitude group. People from all over can share their gratitudes - no matter how seemingly big or small - and everyone would benefit from it. Gratitude also works like that, you see...even reading what others are grateful for can help us to see those same things in our own lives. My group has been eerily quiet for a while now and I have been noticing promptings from the Universe that I need to start things up in there again.
Hence this gratitude challenge that I am beginning today. Thirty days of gratitude, with a different prompt each day. Easy peasy! Even the most gratitude-challenged can follow this one!!
I realize that some of my readers are not on Facebook so I will be posting the daily gratitude prompts on here as well as on my Spiritual Coffee Facebook page here. I will also be posting them in my Gratitude group in the hopes to inspire some others.
Now here is where you, my beautiful readers, come in. I want to hear from you!! Share your gratitude with all of us! Comment below each day or Tweet it to me at @spiritualjava or on my Facebook page. I love seeing what others are grateful for! I'll post the 30 day "shedule" below in case you want to plan ahead. haha!
Today is day 1 and the prompt for today is: "What smell are you grateful for today?"
Hmmmm....today I am grateful for the smell of pretty much everything! I have been sick with a terrible chest and sinus cold for over a week so the fact that I CAN smell today is a win!
I look forward to sharing this month of gratitude with you all. I promise you that it will change your life and will be the best habit you ever formed.