Count your blessings

IMG_4118A couple of years back, Kate Jones, my Reiki Master suggested that I should keep a gratitude list every day.

‘Write down five things you are grateful for.’

Five things? I thought. Could I come up with such a long list? After all, I was a student living in a bedsit in an overcrowded house. My life was uncertain. I had no clear prospects of academic job or secure immigration status in England. My relationship with my family of origin was difficult to say the least. I didn’t belong in Azerbaijan anymore; nor did I belong in England (yet).

I followed the advice though. Every evening, I sat down to write down five things I was grateful for. What amazed me was how much gratitude poured out of me. There were days, when I just could not stop writing. I had so many blessings in my life which I simply took for granted. I had a relatively healthy body; my PhD funding allowed me comfortable life in England; I lived by a gorgeous park; I had freedom and flexibility to do what I liked most days; and I was safe. As my practice strengthened, my outlook on life has started changing.

I still continue this practice. Every night before bedtime, I write down five things I feel grateful for, however big or small.

I want to share today’s list with you.

  • I am grateful for my friendships, new and old. I met with two friends and talked to another one on the phone today and for that my life feels richer.
  • I am grateful for opportunities which are available to so many of us, no matter where we are in the world. I have applied for a book proposal competition in the US. Keep fingers crossed for me!
  • I am grateful for amazing spiritual tools which expand my consciousness and allow healing at a new, much deeper level. I’ve been practicing The Compassion Key today and it opens my heart to access corners I have not visited before.
  • I am grateful for the opportunity to visit my family in Azerbaijan in September of this year. The idea came from a casual conversation we had with a friend visiting yesterday and my husband has done an extensive research today to put logistics of our travel in place. I am buzzing with excitement!
  • I am grateful for love that has poured my way from Azerbaijan when I told my mum, sister, brother, sister-in-law and my cousin that we are thinking of visiting. There was a lot of hyperventilation over Skype today.

I could keep going on.

Count your blessings. You may be pleasantly surprised.

12 thoughts on “Count your blessings

  1. Wow Gulara! I can feel the fizz! This is most exciting indeed! September is nearly here! Before you know it, off you’ll go!
    At the beginning of this year I thought I would give the gratitude journal a go – I too write in it before turning off the lights and it’s true, there is sooooo much to be grateful for. And, it’s good for me to note them down, to recall the day and actively give thanks for all that is.

    I am grateful that I’ve met you over the airwaves!

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    • I am blessed to have you in my life too, Susan. I am so grateful for all the feedback and encouragement I get from you. And, yes, September will be here before we know it. It’s been a year and a half since our last visit, so I am super excited. I also look forward to taking close notes and some videos of my grandma’s stories. She is such a treasure…
      As to gratitude journals, isn’t this an amazing practice? What I found that more gratitude I express, more there is to be grateful for. It’s as if when we put attention on positives, we attract more of that into our lives. Absolutely love it.

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    • Thank you very much for commenting and your good wishes, Norah! I feel gratitude is like a muscle we need to exercise on a regular basis 🙂
      P.S. I hope it was OK to nominate you for a photo challenge (Day 5, if you missed it). No pressure at all, of course. I am just mentioning in case you are interested.

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