Week 18 — Grati-tools

Week 18 — Grati-tools

This week my focus is on gratitude.  I’ve noticed that some of my FB friends post frequently about what they are grateful for and, although I don’t do that regularly, I did post that I was grateful this week about trying aerial yoga for the first time.  I saw it on a television show recently and was happy to see it offered at a wellness spa I visited this past week. One of the requirements of the MKMMA program is to write down at least three things we are grateful for on our index cards every day.  I have found this practice to be very beneficial to my overall happiness.

So much so, that today, while driving home from a great Pilates class, I was listening to a pop music station that I normally don’t listen to and a rap-type song came on with something about being grateful for what you do have instead of upset about what you don’t have.  All of sudden, I found that I was crying — but it wasn’t because I was sad.  I think this is one of the few times — maybe even the first! — that I was crying because I was grateful and happy instead of sad.  Wow!  Now I finally get what tears of joy means!

While at the wellness spa, I attended a lecture by Jerry Posner, an expert in happiness.  He spoke on “The Practical Power of Gratitude” and gave us “Grati-tools” to increase our intentional gratitude practice.  I shared how we are working on gratitude in this MKMMA course.  Of the seven he gave us, my favorites are as follows — note that the third one uses emotion, as we have learned to do from the brain science folks.  These are taken directly from handout.

  • List ten people (or animal companions) from your past or present, who have positively contributed to your life.  Once a week, read your list and add ten more names. Think about what you would write to them in a thank-you note.  And, maybe, write that note!
  • Make a gratitude list on your birthday with one item for each year of your life.
  • Close your eyes…relax…and for one minute, focus your attention on a person, thing, circumstance, situation, accomplishment, talent, ability, etc. that you’re truly and deeply grateful for.  If you can, imagine/visualize him…her…it.  If you mind wanders, just bring it back. FEEL the gratitude and happiness as you focus your attention.  Make a mental movie, or create a mental collage — also fine!  Do it once a day, or when you’re feeling stressed. Or, invent your own “gratitude break!”.

Thank Jerry, I’m grateful for you!  If you want more info, go to www.jerryposner.com


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  1. marilynrholloway February 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Gratitude is such a powerful practice — I am grateful for gratitude! Thank you for sharing Jerry’s extra tips, another way to go deeper into this practice.

  2. robertmasterkey February 9, 2016 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Yes gratitude is such a powerful thing. thanks for the insight also…! Mahalo!

  3. masterkeyday February 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Love the grati-tools term. It SO fits what we’re practicing – tools help us tune the instrument. Thanks for sharing.

  4. mostdaringone February 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the notes and the link. I did yoga with a program on the TV once. Woke up 2 hours later! It worked! All the stress was gone.

  5. masterkeybritta February 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    thank you for sharing!

  6. Nancy O February 14, 2016 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Love the tears of joy!

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