Welcome to your daily routine to practice gratitude and feel joyful.
Now this might sound cliché, but I’m going there anyway. I’m going there because this daily routine (that I’ll get to in just a moment) is bringing me strength, structure and stability, which is something we all need.
This routine is helping me start my day mindfully. It’s helping me feel grounded and confident before the shit storm of thoughts and emotions.
And it’s helping me remember the things that really matter, like my husband, girlfriends, health, wellbeing and this incredible yoga family.
Now I won’t lie to ya, I’ve been attempting to adopt this routine for years (that’s not an understatement either).
I’ve dabbled here and there, felt some results, gave it a rest, picked it up again, only to forget it again, yada yada, you know the drill. But recently I made this routine a daily staple, a non-negotiable, and so I want to circle back and call you in to practice it too.
The daily routine I’m talking about is none other than gratitude.
We’ve been hearing it for years now in the self-help space, that gratitude is a way to awaken joy and feel grounded…
but why then do so many of us resist it?
I can’t speak for you, but I resisted it for fear of losing time. I thought that a morning ritual of any kind would take away from my ability to produce and therefore weaken my sense of self-worth (for me, the two are inherently tied).
I couldn’t spare a single minute to tend to me because there’s always so much work to complete and as a result — feel worthy.
Please tell me this inner monologue sounds familiar?
I’m just now realizing how toxic this behavior is, and while it still trips me up, it’s practices like gratitude that are rewiring my mindset and helping me stay grounded and confident.
To quote my ultimate girl crush, Brene Brown, “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”
So what helped me change then? My business mentor assigned me a 30 day gratitude practice, and from there it snowballed.
I realized how GOOD it felt to feel grateful. I realized how freaking easy it is to write down three things. I realized that prioritizing me is the key to my growth and success. I realized it was time to sever the connection between my self-worth and productivity.
Do you struggle with this too? Feeling like you don’t have time for reflection? That your output is the only thing that matters? That there’s no point anyway, so why bother?
You’re not alone in feeling this way, you need to know this.
And you need to know that you become what you do, so take a deep breath, dive in and begin!
I’ll take the role of being your mentor and officially assign you a 30 day gratitude practice. But aside from writing things you’re grateful for, what else can you do? How can you take it up a notch?
This 20 minute practice includes a cleansing breath technique, balancing your heart space, and a mudra (hand gesture) to welcome thoughts and feelings. It ends with pen to paper and writing both what you’re grateful for and what brought you joy today.
This is a beautiful practice. It covers all the bases. It’s similar to what I do every morning — breathe, meditate, pull a card spread, write my gratitudes and then begin my day.
So come join me, try this routine, then choose what you need to practice gratitude daily. And remember, your assignment is 30 days! You got this!
Meet ya on the mat & hopefully every damn day.
PS – Comment GRATITUDE GROUNDS ME on the video so I know you’ve accepted the 30 day challenge!
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
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