If you're feeling the raw edge of COVID-19's terrifying world pandemic, you're not alone. And while it may seem like a difficult time to experience gratitude right now, doing just that can provide soothing comfort in these scary weeks.
Take a look around. If you're healthy with a roof over your head, there's a lot to be thankful for. Are you getting food delivered? Check in friends or family with you? Maybe you are finally enjoying that book you bought months ago, or are you watching your favorite costume drama? Have you tried new technologies to better connect with friends and family? Gratitude may be as simple as acknowledging a sunny day. Or maybe it's rain you crave. And think of the money (and calories) you save by cooking at home.
If you try to look through a different lens, you can find a lot to be thankful for even in these difficult times.
Here's a Gratitude Exercise to write down in your Gratitude Journal when everything looks bleak:
- Be grateful to yourself first . Rejoice and be thankful for the breath that gives you life, for your ability to see, smell and hear. Write down three things for which you are grateful about yourself . Don't forget to note the good ways you deal with staying safe and healthy during current world events.
- Second, are open . As daunting as the circumstances may be, you can always find one or two things to be thankful for right now. Look for new ways to feel the abundance of your rich life. Try standing in a sunbeam pouring in through a window, arms open, head tilted towards the heat. Say out loud: & # 39; I am open to what these times can show me about my life. I am open to new experiences. Feel the gratitude that you are safe right now.
- And finally now begins . Start recognizing all the positive events and conditions that have brought you here and now today. Be aware of the role of gratitude in improving the good in life. If you are safe and healthy, now is the time to increase your gratitude.
Try to do it for others to extend your gratitude training. Calling someone, sending a card or letter, and making or sharing something safe you've cooked are all expressions of gratitude. You can be what someone else is grateful for . Their gratitude will return to you. You don't have to put on a mask or even leave your house to give and receive appreciation.
Let gratitude comfort and cheer you up.
The gratitude work you are doing right now will serve as a basis for identifying exactly what activities and people to add to your life once the pandemic loosens.
Tell us where you experience gratitude in your life, especially during this difficult time. Sharing what works for you reminds others of their own abundance.
Reproduced from Golden Grace: Embracing the Richness of Our Later Years by Antonia Albany.
Antonia Albany is a gratitude expert who lives in Northern California with her three-legged. cat, Kali. She is a writer and blogs on The Joy of Aging Grateful. In addition to Golden Grace, Antonia shares her personal aging experiences with gratitude in The Other Side of the Hill: Celebrating Our Later Years and In This Moment: Making the Most of Your Higher Years. Her work has appeared in Tiny Lights, Sonoma County Update, Oprah Magazine and Potato Soup Journal.
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