Seeing the good, despite the blah!

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It seems sometimes that no matter how much we try to focus on being positive and living a life of gratitude all it takes is one annoying slow driver when you’re in a rush or some minor hiccup in the day for any iota of positivity to disappear.  Or maybe that is just me! 🙂

Our brains seem determined to mull over, replay and get frustrated with the ‘bad, blah’ bits of our day, no matter how insignificant,  rather than focus on all the fantastic things that are around us.  Maybe it is a survival thing or maybe it is that we are so accustomed to all our ‘pleasures’ and ‘freedoms’ that we are beginning to take them for granted.

Yet when we take even a minute to focus on all the good things that are happening to us or around us it never fails to lift our moods and our health.  Yes, being positive and giving thanks actually improve your health and help you to live longer!

I am so grateful for a clear, crisp day; for my ability to climb up my kids 'adventure' trails; for my kids; for an obedient dog; for a camera to record the memory, for an injury free walk; for such a beautiful spot to live and much more.

I am so grateful for a clear, crisp day; for my ability to climb up my kids ‘adventure’ trails; for my kids; for an obedient dog; for a camera to record the memory and much more.

Just like one shower will never keep you clean for very long the practise of gratitude needs to be a regular thing though. The practise of gratitude needs to be something that we make a point to do because without it our lives don’t feel quite as good.

Even in times when the world feels like it is falling in around you there is always something positive that you can be grateful for. The fact that you are alive, that the sun is shining, that you have unlimited access to the Internet, that you live in a culture that allows you personal freedoms could all be reasons to be grateful.

Give it a go with this little exercise that I have modified from Christiane Northrup, M.D’s book.

-First think of something you can ‘brag’ about, something you are proud of. It could be a recent or distant achievement.

– Second identify something you are thankful for or appreciate having.  What do you have in your life that others don’t and wish they did?

– Lastly think of a time when you were happy, truely happy, and let that bring a smile to your face as you move into your day.

It is an effort, I know, to halt the wheels of negativity however it is an effort worth making each day.  Taking time to remember all the things we have in our lives that are great and wonderful will only benefit you and the people around you.

Hope this finds you counting your blessings already.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

How grateful I am….

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How grateful I am to be living in a country free from war.

How grateful I am to be living in a country where I can walk by myself without fear.

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How grateful I am to be living in a country with people I love.

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How grateful I am to be living in a country where people take action for the things that matter, because they can.

How grateful I am to living with such good health.

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How grateful I am to be living in a place where the sea, river and native bush are all within walking distance.

How grateful I am for local knowledge that leads us to natural hot springs by a river’s edge.

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How grateful I am to have the opportunity to live in a place which is truly unique

How grateful I am to be living in New Zealand.

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Arohanui

Y

In Gratitude.

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Well it is the end of yet another month and it is time to show my gratitude to the people, places and organisations which have been there for me in some way or another.

It is so nice to do this list as it brings instant feelings of warmth, just thinking about all the support I actually have around me all the time.  It is easy for me, and probably you too, to get caught up in where things are going wrong and it is great to redress the balance here.

Why don’t you join me and create your own list?  You could blog about it, tweet, text, Facebook or use any other social media you can think of to share the love around.  Remind yourself of all the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for and I guarantee you will feel fantastic at the end of it. Try it!  Go on, write that list and share it with the world!

Bush walks with themselves

Bush walks with themselves

Thanks so much to the following:  My supportive husband, my lovely and very cheeky kids, my health, my extended family, my friends, the ability to get online easily, Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy, bush walks, everyone that is offering fantastic advice for free online, living on the West Coast, the toy library, the ability to travel, train trips with family, living somewhere free from war, living somewhere that I am able to safely go out by myself, fresh eggs from our own chickens, living in a country where home-educating is completely ok to do :), the local library (I think this will always be here! We love the place), great books, old books borrowed, Resonate Magazine, an energetic dog to run with, beautiful sunny days, breaks away, good food, great flat traveller connections, reading challenges, the opportunity to be a volunteer with the local SPCA, home baking, music, knitting, cross stitch, my eyesight, charity shops, cards, a warm fire on a winter’s night and a cosy wee house in a beautiful location.

Issue 2 of Resonate eMagazine, which I have an article in.

Issue 2 of Resonate eMagazine, which I have an article in.

Hope this finds you full of gratitude for all the good in your life.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

Counting reasons to be grateful

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I used to post on Facebook, at the end of each monthly, about all the things/people/events I was grateful for.  It seems though that in between getting on here to blog, home-educating, writing articles, having consultations and connecting with people I haven’t done one for ages!

So I thought it would be best to just combine it all and make it my last Monday of the month blog – ‘Counting reasons to be grateful’.  When I actually stop and think, there are so many people who help me each month to move forward, so many people who help me stay positive, so many events which I am lucky enough to be part of and so many things to be grateful for. It is just that often I’m so busy rushing along to achieve all my dreams that I forget all the splendid and wonderful moments I have been given.  That is why I love doing this list.  I know that half the people I am grateful for won’t ever read this, or even know that I am truly grateful, however in putting it out there I feel that I am at least taking time to acknowledge them 🙂

Why don’t you join me and create your own list?  You could blog about it, tweet, text, Facebook or use any other social media you can think of to share the love around.  Remind yourself of all the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for and I guarantee you will feel fantastic at the end of it. Try it!  Go on, write that list and share it with the world!

Thanks so much to the following:  My supportive husband, my lovely kids, my health, my extended family, my friends, Boundless Explorers FB group, Ata Mai Education Trust, Bach Flower remedies, EFT, Life Learner’s camps, Sunny days for birthdays, warmth on a rainy day, a dog who always wants to run, all the wonderful women I have connected with through Leonie Dawson’s ‘Amazing Life and Biz Academy’, Google for helping me find great inspirational quotes :), Carol Look, Brad Yates, the local library, Book Island, family stories shared, Resonate Magazine, freebies on the internet, old photos, start right series of books, new business connections, my clients, followers and subscribers (so grateful to you all!), SPCA, Mid-summer madness gift-a-thon, Brownies, Keas group, Mailchimp, Dept. of Conservation, Play Mobile for replying to my boy’s letter, the toy library, our ‘Boney’ chicken for all her yummy eggs (yes that really is her name!), Matariki, Veronika Maser and her fermentation course, local glow worm caves, Bush walks in the sun, exploring West Coast Beaches, Fivver, letters (actual receive in the letter box and open up the envelope kind) from friends, the kid’s pen pals, online family history websites, inquisitive minds, runs under the stars, hearing the sea from my bed along everything else which has made me stop, smile and realise what a great month it has been.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz