Cultivating Gratitude & Creating New Neural Pathways

 Make cultivating gratitude a priority by doing these things:
1) Say thank you, even when you don’t feel like it.  For instance: I do this when I drop something, saying thank you while picking it up changes my vibration & usually makes me smile. It helps me remember to be grateful I am even able to bend over and use my hands! Ten years ago I was not able to & now I can!
2) Take 10 minutes to meditate. When your thoughts start to wander, acknowledge that fact and bring your focus back to your breath. Sometimes I sit in silence and sometimes if my mind is racing I will  repeat RA MA DA SA while breathing in. Hold it until I repeat it again and then repeat once more while exhaling. Experiment and find what works for you.
3) Do 5 things different each day, for instance: Take a different way to work, light a candle, use your non dominate hand to brush your teeth.
4) Most importantly for me is saying thank you even before my feet hit the floor!
Remember whether we are conscious of it or not we are either reinforcing old neural pathways or making new healthy ones!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is more people who have come alive”
               Howard Thurman

7 thoughts on “Cultivating Gratitude & Creating New Neural Pathways”

  1. Hi Shelly, What a wonderful treat to receive this! Developing an attitude of gratitude has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. Thanks for the reminder for integrating meditation back into my life as well.
    Love to you,

    1. Hi Nancy! Being grateful changes everything! Meditating for just 10 minutes per day has had a profound effect on my well being. i am glad you too will be integrating meditation back into your day. It makes everything ok.

      ” Making a big deal of the little things in life takes away the struggle and replaces it with gratitude.”
      Shelly Kerchner

  2. This is such an inspirational post, Shelly! And very timely as we start a new year!! Thank you for sharing!!

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