A 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.