How can you channel gratitude into your life even during a stressful situation or hardship? How does this change the energy you receive in return?
The reason gratitude is so important to practice, is because by giving thanks- we're actually changing the energy of what's flowing TOWARDS us. Meaning, when we say THANK YOU for experiences that we might not actually feel grateful for (pain, loss, heartbreak, etc), that means we're open to receive. When do we typically say thank you? When we've just received a gift, a compliment, a favor. Our mind and body are programmed on a cellular level that if we've given thanks, then we're RECEIVING. This shifts the energy to be flowing TOWARDS us, rather than against us. So, rather than just giving thanks when it feels natural to do so- can you also give thanks in the face of hardship? When you do, how does that feel? Know that this does take some practice. And it's important to not just say it, but to really FEEL it. This might take awhile. And that's okay. The point is just to practice it regularly enough that it becomes something you believe. This is when change occurs.
Are you functioning from a place of abundance or scarcity?
This has been a reoccurring topic that's come up around me lately. And it's one that super important to get clear on. First of all, what does that question even mean? Let's look at an example: When your friend tells you they're engaged when you're newly heartbroken and single, how do you react? I'm not talking about just the outward reaction. I'm talking about the TRUE sensation that fills you on a cellular level. Are you happy for your friend? Or, do you feel a twinge of loss, jealousy, or amplified heartbreak? I'm not here to say that you're a a bad person if you answer the latter. I think we're all guilts of doing so at times! However, when we continue to respond from that place of LACKING- as if someone else's good fortune means there's not enough for us to also receive the same- then we won't be open to receiving ALL that's waiting for us. Energetically, if you're emitting a frequency of scarcity- that's coming from a place of fear. Fear that there's not enough for everyone to have what they need to define their sense of success or fulfillment. Fear is a low vibration. Meaning, in turn, you'll receive opportunities that are of that same low vibrational quality. However, on the flip side- if you're able to see another person thriving (even, and perhaps ESPECIALLY, when it's in an area that you're also working on)- and your reaction isn't just happiness, but actually feeling INSPIRED by them- then you'll emit a higher frequency of abundance, which is a form of love. In turn, you'll draw in those same high frequency opportunities. Law of attraction. Time to turn that ish up.
Free flow. Write without an agenda. See what comes up and out.
This is essentially the exact opposite of an actual PROMPT. But, this has been very helpful for my own emotional untangling process lately. Rather than showing up to your journal with a topic in mind- just put pen to paper and start writing. If that feels completely awkward to you, maybe set a timer for yourself (start with someone accessible, like 5 minutes). You'll likely be surprised how fast that time will actually go. I love this technique, because my agenda/my conscious mind gets out of the way- and my subconscious steps in, instead. I'm often surprised by what's unearthed in the process. Good luck!
How is your relationship with your sense of self-worth? How does this sense of self-worth affect your relationships?
Self-worth has been a big one for me lately. The biggest thing I've noticed about it, is how it fluctuates depending on the relationship. What I mean is, my self-worth in business/career/monetary compensation is very firm. I have no problem asking for exactly what I want, and not accepting anything less than that. However, my self-worth in relationships is pretty shaky. I doubt myself more. I doubt my intuition more. I question my gut and my heart. In essence, settling for less than.
I'd like for you to look at your self-worth in as many different relationships possible. To list a few: Career/job Romantic Friends Family Food
Of course, if you think of others- please explore those. Or perhaps you dive into one category (say, friendship), but look at the way in which your self-worth varies depending on the friend.
The big takeaway here is trying to notice the nuances of a very important attribute. Even if you feel strong in some areas, where can you strengthen into others? And on the other hand, are you being strong to the point of stubborn or guarded? Where can you afford to soften?
What qualities are you looking for in a partner? If you're already in a relationship, what qualities do you value most in your partner? Why do you think these qualities are important to you?
This has been a major one for me lately. I'm all about getting as clear as possible about not just want I WANT in partner, but what I actually NEED. It's important to remember that no one person can make you feel any which way. It's our choice how we react to them that dictates our feelings. That being said, what I'm working on right now is shifting my dialogue from: "I want someone who makes me feel safe/loved/worthy" To: "I feel safe/loved/worthy in his presence." When I take time to dive deeper into the WHY I
What are you fearful of right now? How has this fear held you back recently? Can you reconstruct that fear to be empowering instead? Create an affirmation or mantra that directly contradicts your fear to propel you forward.
Know that your fear can be as "big" or as "small" as you observe it to be right now. What I mean is, maybe this is a HUGE daunting aspect of your life currently. Or maybe, it's simply a posture on your yoga mat that you're nervous about trying for the first time.
Whatever it may be, do your best to get to the core of it. Understand where it's actually coming from. Notice if this core belief has been the source of debilitating behavior in your past and present. Can you take back the power of this feeling (because remember, that's all fear is- an emotion), and let it be something empowering instead?
Let your fear TEACH you, rather than OWN you. Let it teach you how to step the hell into your personal power. And notice that when you do, you'll build confidence. It helps me to practice with a mantra or an affirmation during this process, which is why I'm encouraging you to try that on.
What are 3 things that you're grateful for each day? What is your intention and/or affirmation for the week?
Feel free to be as brief, or as elaborate as you like when listing your pieces of gratitude. Sometimes mine are a few simple words, and other times it can be pages. The important thing here is to just seek gratitude in each day, whether big or small.
Setting an intention for the week can help you to get a little more clear about your thoughts and actions. Come back to that space of intention if you find yourself ruminating, obsessing, or feeling stagnate. Let your intention be that aligned with what your heart is immediately asking for. Don't overt think it. Usually the first thing that speaks to you is what you need most.