What are you grateful for this year? What did 2017 bring you? What made this year amazing? What was good about this year, even if it was a challenging year of growth and maybe pain? What challenges are you grateful for?
The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on these questions.
In the modern world, it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people have and what other people are doing and how amazing other people’s lives are.
But taking time to slow down and appreciate what you have is key to your happiness and fulfillment. Plus, it’s really important to cultivate gratitude for the blessings you have in order to manifest more blessings and abundance!
Below are 5 simple gratitude rituals to help you appreciate the abundance in your life.
Play the Appreciation Game
Gabby Bernstein is a goddess of gratitude and manifesting. She recommends playing the appreciation game, based on the idea that it’s good to feel good.
To play this game, “follow the fun” by focusing on what’s thriving in your life. Start to speak out loud a list of all the things you appreciate. This can range from simple physical things like your favorite ring or yoga pants to your amazing career or best friend. Start small and allow the vibration of gratitude to take you deeper and deeper into what’s thriving in your life.
If you get stuck for a moment, return to something you already said! Try to do this for at least 3 to 5 minutes, and afterwards notice how you feel.
It can also be really fun to do this with another person or even a whole circle of people. Hold space for another to speak their blessings out loud, and then allow them to hold space for you.
Pull Tarot or Oracle Cards
Try asking one of these questions, and then pulling a tarot card or an oracle card:
- What blessings are available to me now?
- What new blessings are coming my way?
- What am I grateful for in my career, relationships, or personal development?
- How can I express my gratitude towards myself?
- How can I express my gratitude towards others?
- What are the silver linings of challenges I have faced this year?
- How can I continue to create abundance in my life?
Tarot and oracle cards are incredible tools available to you as a mirror for your own inner wisdom. The cards you pull might give you a new perspective on certain situations or people in your life. To learn more about how to get started using tarot, click here. To learn more about using oracle cards, and get a free printable deck of oracle cards click here.
Some of the tarot cards that most express gratitude are the ten of pentacles, a card of abundance, and the six of pentacles, a reminder that in order to receive, you must give. Place any cards that speak to you on your altar as a reminder to be grateful each day!
Journal with Crystals
I encourage you to commit to doing this practice for at least ten days, and maybe even every single day. Before you go to bed each night, make a list of 10 things that you were grateful for today. You can use rose quartz to open the heart chakra, petrified wood to ease fear and connect to your deep roots, and tiger eye for balance and harmony as you journal.
What amazing things happened? What is the opportunity that something not-so-amazing may be creating for you? Create a journal specifically for this gratitude practice and flip through it when you feel discouraged to remember how blessed you are.
It may be chilly and gray where you live, or maybe it’s beautiful and sunny. Either way, take a walk outside sans cell phone and challenge yourself to be really present. Notice the beautiful things you see. They could be really simple— the shapes of the clouds in the sky, the color of the grass, a crisp leaf on the ground.
Incorporate a version of this mantra that resonates with you into your meditation practice: I know the abundance of the Universe flows to and through me, and I receive freely without hesitation. I am so grateful for the abundance in my life, and I know it all comes from you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Gratitude is a muscle, and these rituals will help you flex that muscle so that gratitude becomes part of each day.
If you want more gratitude in your life, shop wearable reminders to pause, be present, and be thankful here. The gratitude card shown at the top of the blog is from The Goddess Discovery Book and includes mini oracle card deck, get your copy here.
About Eryn Johnson
Eryn is a yoga teacher, freelance writer, and social media manager currently based in Philadelphia. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Rishikesh, India where she became obsessed with mantra chanting, yoga philosophy, and chai tea. When she’s not doing yoga, she’s planning her next trip, hosting the Living Open podcast, or eating Thai food. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram at @erynj_ and at www.livingopenshow.com