Mindfulness & Gratitude

This is my first blog of this year. Wow. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown.

I am currently in beautiful Florence having a holiday to recharge my batteries after a very busy and stressful few months. I am recharging my spiritual batteries and feeling inspired by my surroundings and the warmth from the sun. I love getting away by myself because it gives me the opportunity to practise mindfulness which I struggle to do back home.

I am currently reading a book called ‘The Magic’ by Rhonda Byrne (author of ‘The Secret’) and the first exercise is to write a gratitude list. Gratitude is one of those things that a lot of people just think of as an annoying hashtag that people use when they’re feeling positive. The same goes for #blessed, however gratitude is something we should be mindful of on a daily basis. There is a lot that we take for granted, we assume the people and things we know and love will always be there but life can change in an instant.

As I look at my life I see that I have a lot to be grateful for and I am thankful for every opportunity I have been given and worked hard for. I am grateful to have a strong support network of family and friends who have seen me through tears and laughter. I have the freedom to do what I love – to train, listen to music, dance, eat nice food (especially cake!). I can choose where and when I work, spend time with people I care about and travel. I am grateful for so many things, the list is endless and it constantly grows.

Next time you feel as though life is getting you down and nothing seems to be going right, take some time to sit outside and breathe deeply. Clear your mind and make a list of some of the things that you have to be thankful for. Add to that list on a regular basis and re-read it when you need a little boost. Stick it up where you can see it.

Don’t allow life to beat you. We don’t get many chances at it. Make it a great one. Do good and be good.

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