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No matter how bad things get, there is always something to be thankful for. Even if you’re wondering how you’re going to go on, when you stop to think about it, you’re more powerful than you realize. We all are.

Like an obedient servant, the brain accepts what the mind tells it and complies. Each time we have thoughts about our lives, the brain looks for something outside of us that agrees with that thought and then tries to make it happen.

If you do this unconsciously and it makes you feel empty, how much more could you do if you consciously do it?

When you commit to cultivating gratitude, your whole perspective moves into congruence because you now know how to take back your power and use it constructively.

Once you realize this, you will have started on your gratitude journey. When you make gratitude a habit, you are living in grace.

      • So your first big Thank-You could be: “Thank you for the power to change things in my life.” Then, just practice. Practice every chance you get.
      • Before you drift off to sleep at night, set your intention to stay in bed for a few moments to savor those first few moments of awareness. As you lie there waking up, say thanks to your amazing body for taking care of you throughout the night while you slept.
      • Go back to the last time someone did something nice for you without being asked, and remember how it made you feel. In your imagination, feel yourself standing in the center of that moment. Just let it surround you and lift you up. Without having to do anything, be in gratitude.
      • Pay something forward in your thoughts. Thoughts are things, and they have power. Whenever you have a kind thought, something changes for the better somewhere in the Universe.
      • Start your day with a cup of warm lemon water as a thank-you to your liver. The rest of you will thank you later once it feels the effects.

There are always ways to keep the journey going. No trying, just accepting and being. Gratitude will get you there.