Hello, my lovely readers!
Hopefully everyone has had a warm and joyful holiday season. I know I’ve really enjoyed spending time with friends and family; it’s been a beautiful celebration of love.
If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a while (or honestly, even if you’re just glancing at it for the first time), you’ve probably noticed that the things I choose to write about predominantly focus on various ways we can attract greater joy, abundance, and positivity into our lives—things such as practicing mindfulness, living authentically, exploring our creativity, accepting ourselves as we are, toning our chakras, listening to music, expressing gratitude, and embracing purposeful lives.
Well, here is yet another way in which we can magnify the blessings in our lives and, through the Law of Attraction, become magnets for joy and abundance. Recently—after a period of neglecting it—I’ve restarted a nightly routine that allows me to reflect on my day, express gratitude, practice self-love, and elevate my energy. It’s extremely simple, and it’s a wonderful practice for developing and maintaining a more positive mindset, which is why I want to share it with you today.
Before I list the steps, I will say that it involves a little bit of journaling. I love journaling as an intentional practice that allows us to go inward, examine ourselves, and cultivate an awareness that can ultimately help us lead more authentic, joyful lives. I hope you’ll find that it helps you, too.
ANYWAY, it’s very simple. Here it is:
First, designate a notebook or journal specifically for this nightly ritual. Having a special notebook for this practice will allow you to keep your thoughts organized and together in one place.
At the top of the page, write “Today, I am thankful for…” and then proceed to make a list of the things in your life (or from your day) you are grateful for. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a while, you might be thinking, Sonia, you already wrote about gratitude journals. How is this any different? Good question. Just think of this practice as Gratitude Journal 2.0, because it’s slightly modified and can be more detailed. Anyway, if you’re just starting this practice and are struggling to think of things you’re thankful for, try to write just three or four things. Just get something on the page. In time, you’ll begin to become more aware of the little things in your daily life that you have to be thankful for, and your daily list will grow. In order to really maximize the benefits of this routine, I recommend not limiting yourself to a specific number of things on this gratitude list. Just write them down until you can’t think of anything else.
Skip a line, write, “The best part of my day was…” and finish the thought. When we take the time to think about the good things that happened during the day, we are training our brains to focus on the things that are going wonderfully in our lives, and ultimately, this focus is what helps us attract more of the same. If you want to attract good things, you have to recognize what’s already good. I got the idea for this particular prompt from one of my close friends, who, when she first went off to college, would make everyone sitting at her table in the dining hall at dinnertime talk about the best parts of their days. Ever since she told me about that, it’s become an important part of my daily practice, and I hope it’ll become a part of yours, too.
Skip a line. Write “Three things I love about myself are…” and finish the thought. If this part seems a little cheesy to you at first, that’s okay. It might feel uncomfortable to have to list things you love about yourself, whether it’s because you want to be humble or because you struggle with actually loving yourself. But remember, you are doing this practice for you—listing things you love about yourself does not make you conceited or arrogant, and you can still be kind and humble while simultaneously loving yourself. I just hope you realize how absolutely wonderful and unique you are, and even more than that, I hope you never ever ever shy away from who you are. Never dim your light for anyone or anything. Anyway, as you begin this particular list, you might write down physical aspects of yourself—like maybe you love your legs or your smile (which is fantastic, because you do have great legs and a great smile). But as you go on, I would encourage you to look inward, think about who you are as a person, and list all the things that make you beautiful on the inside. Are you a great listener? Do you have a really big heart? Are you passionate about something? Really think about who you are, and embrace it.
And that’s it! Like I said, it’s pretty simple, not too overwhelming. But if you start this practice and turn it into a routine, it really has the potential to usher copious amounts of joy, abundance, and positivity into your life. Turning your attention to gratitude will always attract more wonderful things. So give it a try, and let me know what you think.
Anyway, there’s a bit of excitement going on in my life right now—I’m going to India to visit a bunch of family! By the time you read this, I’ll be there already. It’s very exciting. That being said, I’ll be unplugging for a while. Thanks to automatic scheduling and publishing, I should still be able to have a couple posts go up on this little blog of mine while I’m away, but if there are any comments or anything, I won’t be able to address them for a little while. Just wanted to give a little heads up and share the excitement!
Happy New Year to everybody. I hope you find this nightly ritual to be effective!