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Always Begin With Gratitude

What if we began every day, every action and every interaction with gratitude? Wouldn’t it be enough to affect the quality of our lives and impact the world in a positive way?

I’ve been attempting to do a very brief gratitude practice as I awake every morning. I shared this in my post – 10 Gratitude Tips.  Somehow starting the day on a grateful note makes me more mindful of all I enjoy through the day.

Looking for a more structured practice, I came up a simple one that I’d like to share with you.

    • Still yourself by focusing on your breathing
    • Ask yourself either of these two questions :   1. What is it that I’m grateful for in this moment?  2.  What opportunity is life giving me, to enable me to be more grateful?
    • Record your answers.

I’m going to add this to my Morning Pages exercise – perhaps use another notebook for it. I’ll let you know how I make progress. If you attempt to incorporate this practice into your routine or already do something similar, let me know how it goes.

Now on to my Gratitude List for June 2015. I am grateful for:

  • good health enjoyed through the month.
  • a safe trip to Mumbai and back. We managed to accomplish some things even if we were stuck indoors for a few days because of the rains. As I mentioned in my newsletter last week, we are grateful that we made a smooth exit before the ‘floods’.
  • for a safe place to park Pablo when we’re out of town and for the care and affection Sumathi of Petcetera Homestays.
  • all the blog hops I take part in and all the blogging groups I’m a part of. This brings me in touch with some wonderful people. I’m also learning more and more to write more like myself. 🙂
  • the gift of choices – never to be taken for granted. I’m glad to be making a few good ones.
  • the gift of grace that saves me from the consequences of my bad choices!

Always begin with gratitude. – Joel Levey

always begin with gratitude

Our Gratitude Circle post is a regular feature on the 4th Thursday of every month.

Join Vidya Sury and me by writing a gratitude post and linking in to us and adding your linky to our Gratitude Circle Hop post. The linky is open for a whole month. Add this pretty badge to your post/ site and visit and read the other posts linked.

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29 Comments

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  5. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan July 5, 2015

    After missing a week of writing a gratitude list, I really feel it! Glad to be back writing and sharing gratitude with like-minded people. 🙂

  6. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando June 30, 2015

    It all begins and ends with gratitude, Corinne! I do love your idea of a gratitude journal. Think I just might join you on this one!
    Blessings!

  7. G Angela G Angela June 29, 2015

    Thanks corinne for this post; I do begin my day with gratitude, in fact I sleep with gratitude and rise with gratitude to keep my energy levels constant. I spend few moments in the morning, I do not write, but mainly focus on my breathing to be aware of my breath reminding myself to be thankful to the fact that I am breathing, and then I thank for every part of the body before I get busy; and surrender myself to the divine… I feel calm and am able to do everything that I planned. I keep reminding myself as I work in the kitchen, while I ride, when I reach office… I take few moments and try to maintain that state…. thank you for your timely reminders and I do appreciate you for being YOU

  8. Amy Amy June 28, 2015

    I love the idea of starting the day with gratitude. Typically I just record a few notes at the end of the day, or during the day as the thought arises. But I really like the idea of taking a moment at the beginning of the day to get off on the right track – especially as I am not a morning person.

  9. Balroop Singh Balroop Singh June 27, 2015

    Gratitude is such a calming word, a humbling experience to look at our blessings, which we often take for granted. I tell myself every morning…I am happy with whatever I have and that infuses me with new energy.

    I am glad that you made a safe exit out of those dreadful floods of Mumbai. Stay blessed!

  10. Birgit Birgit June 26, 2015

    Glad you had a safe trip and also enjoyed many blog hops. I think we often forget how much making a choice is a gift. Even if they turn out to be bad choices we learn from them

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 27, 2015

      Yes, the freedom is what is important. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Rabia Rabia June 26, 2015

    I’ve started a gratitude journal with my kids. While we don’t write in it every night yet, that’s the goal. And I’m glad to see them thinking of things to be grateful for each night before they go to sleep.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 27, 2015

      What a lovely practice, Rabia. You’re really preparing them beautifully for life! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Darla M Sands Darla M Sands June 26, 2015

    I write Julia Cameron inspired Morning Pages, too! It’s become habit to list five blessings at the start of every entry. I’ve probably been doing so for about a year, now, and seldom have I struggled. What a joy to have found your blog. I’m also grateful to have discovered Vidya Sury through the A to Z Blog Challenge! ~grin~ Blessings to you, my dear.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 27, 2015

      That’s a great idea, Darla.

      Thanks for joining our Gratitude Circle. Look forward to being in touch, now that we’ve connected!

  13. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury June 26, 2015

    My favorite habit is starting the day with prayer and gratitude – everything looks brighter and positive and even the sun shines brighter! I’ve treated myself to a nice thick notebook and am feeling quite thrilled about it!

    Stay blessed, Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 27, 2015

      So true, Vidya ! Enjoy the notebook. My pile of filled up spiral notebooks makes me happy!

  14. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo June 26, 2015

    Dear Corinne, your words always uplift one’s spirit to lead a good life and I always learn something new. I really like the idea of writing something about gratitude every morning. I intend to take the challenge in the coming days.

    Cheerz
    Vishal

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 27, 2015

      Glad to know that I make a difference, Vishal. That’s why I write! Let me know how you get on with your new practice of gratitude.

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  16. Robyn Robyn June 25, 2015

    I’m grateful for your inspiration!
    I’m grateful for your heart!
    I’m grateful for your wisdom!
    I’m grateful for YOU!!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 25, 2015

      You’re a doll, Robyn. I’m most grateful for your enthusiastic and loving spirit! ♥

  17. Lata Lata June 25, 2015

    Corinne, a gratitude wake-up call every morning will sure help all of us focus on what we have rather than worry about what we don’t have and are hankering over. This is not to say we shouldn’t have goals but this will help bring a balance

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 25, 2015

      Yes, Lata. We have goals – but not everything goes the way we planned. Learning to take the good with the bad is what gratitude represents for me.

      • Amy Amy June 25, 2015

        Hello Corinne. I agree. Goals are important, but living in the moment, appreciateing what we have right now is also key to living the best life. It can even motivate us toward our goals, as in, life is good. Let’s see how we can make it even better. Let’s see what life has to offer, the world has to offer.

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 25, 2015

          Glad you feel that way, Amy. I’ve only recently started to realize the value of appreciating everything that comes my way.

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