Ah gratitude! You've got to love it. That little pause that brings you back into the present. Recently I've been reading some of David Servan-Schreiber's Healing without Freud or Prozac and he talks about such a great exercise on gratitude - the simple act of breathing through the heart. It brings the awareness beautifully back into the body, so it can stop rambling all over the place and just be now, in the room, with you. What a relief! Especially for those of us who, eh-hem, can be a little less grounded that we would like. Creativity is great because it requires you to let the mind soar to strange lands, but then you need to bring it to reality, and a little heart breath starts to get you there.
But something else happens too, some alchemy in this focus on the heart. It makes you more happy. It makes you feel in tune with what you're feeling. It makes you grateful for what you do have. And that little extra bit of happiness opens doors. It makes it possible for other things to come into your life because you've truly experienced the greatness of what you have now - even if those things seem small. The act of practising gratefulness brings great fullness. It brings what you need into your life - that openness of heart. What an amazing gift to yourself to tune in.
Since starting this little practice, life has been more abundant and I feel more, well, happy! So even if you're not sure how to get to the gratitude bit straight away, just start with that awareness on the heart - breathe from there and the rest just clicks into place. Even a few minutes a day can make a difference .... So breathe as if the air is coming in and out of your heart, and then you're on the way!
Angel lives in the UK, and is currently enjoying a sewing fad and a love of film photography.