What does gratitude do for you? It brings a sense of peace within you where there might otherwise be turmoil. Gratitude calms your nerves and makes you right sized. Sounds nice, huh? All of that doesn’t happen on its own. Gratitude is a state of being that can be accomplished more readily if you are vigilant about revisiting the gratitude rituals that work for you…and maybe even throwing in some new ones!
I try to incorporate a gratitude ritual every day. This allows me to access a better attitude in times of catastrophe, or rather…perceived catastrophe. Sometimes it’s hard for me to see how little my “problems” actually are. But by practicing gratitude I can realign my roots with the universe and my heart with the stars, and my problems seem to shrink!
When we aren’t getting what we think we should have, it’s easy to lose sight of what we are grateful for. To help with this amnesia, create a Gratitude Box. Every day, put a piece of paper in it and scribble something on it that you are grateful for. In times of need, open your gratitude box and read of the slips of paper. When you think you are having a tough day you might pull out a slip from a time when you were grateful for the roof over your head. For me, I know that most of my problems today are “luxury problems.” If I find myself upset that I didn’t get a day off from work, I might pull out a slip of paper reminding me that I should be lucky I have such an awesome career in the first place!
Sayings to Inspire Gratitude
One of my favorite sources to inspire gratitude are mantras!! Adorn your altar or yourself with mantras that make your heart leap! Here are a few that I have been starting my day with.
- Gratitude changes everything
- Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.
- Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.
- “Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
- Start each day with a grateful heart
Gratitude Crystal Grid
Invoke gratitude by opening your heart chakra! Gain a heart based perspective by creating a gratitude crystal grid. Green and pink stones will speak to your heart chakra. They will vibrate love, truth and compassion. You might choose rose quartz and green kyanite, and harmonize all of the stones with some clear quartz. If you are looking for something special choose a moss agate merkaba for the center of your grid!
EO for Gratitude
Part of being grateful is staying grounded. It’s planting your roots in what matters, and letting go of everything else. For scents that inspire gratitude choose earthy oils such as patchouli and cedar. To keep yourself firmly planted in the present try this rollerball blend with your favorite carrier oil (mine is sweet almond oil!!)
- 5 drops patchouli
- 5 drops sandalwood
- 5 drops frankincense
- 5 drops ylang ylang
Beyond feeling amazing after practicing these rituals, carrying a heart full of gratitude is a great way to usher in a new year! Above all, be kind. Ultimately, gratitude is an action. It’s a display of thankfulness.
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Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.