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How My Gratitude Practice Rewired My Brain And Changed My Life

How My Gratitude Practice Rewired My Brain And Changed My Life by Timmie Wanechko

A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things.
– Plato

Two months ago, after many, many months of an on-and-off gratitude practice, I decided to buckle down, walk my talk, and take my gratitude practice seriously.

To be honest with you, I did it for money.

No, I wasn’t getting paid to have a gratitude practice (if only).

I started attending the Centre for Spiritual Living in Edmonton, and our October book of the month was, The Path to Wealth by May McCarthy. In it, she emphasized how cultivating an attitude of gratitude, first thing in the morning, was crucial to opening your mind up to the possibilities of abundance.

Basically, having a gratitude practice, much like the one I outlined in this blog post, was key to manifesting more financial abundance in your life.

So, ever since that fateful day, I have dedicated myself to my gratitude practice. Here’s what it looks like:

  • First thing in the morning, write 5 things I am grateful for
  • Right before bed, write 5 things I am grateful for

Depending on how my day goes, I may write more than 5 things at the end of the day, so sometimes instead of having a total of 10 things, I have 15-20. And of course, sometimes I pass out before I can reach my notebook, so some days I only have 5 things on my list.

I don’t “make up” for previous days; I just continue on.

I use a simple day timer that has one blank, lined page for every day of the year. Ever so often, I’ll look back at my long list of blessings, many of which are repeated, which only emphasizes how grateful I am for these things that I used to take for granted! Things like:

  • Coffee
  • Warm blankets
  • Green smoothies
  • My van
  • Etc.

You know. The little things that make all the difference.

And then, of course, every day I am grateful for my health, and the health and safety of my boys and my husband. Because we really are all superbly healthy (rarely sick), very happy, and very, very safe. Particularly important to remember during these times!

Guys, I gotta tell ya: This simple daily practice has changed my life.

Within only a few days, I noticed that my brain was literally starting to rewire itself… During the day, I would notice that every time something annoyed me, or stressed me out, I would tell myself, “Well, thank God that ______”.

Numerous times throughout the day, I find myself stopping and noticing random little things to be grateful for.

Thank God for this, thank Goddess for that, I am so freaking grateful that…

At first I thought it was simply a matter of becoming an Optimist on Crack. But now I see it as simply an expanded awareness of all the good that surrounds me.

Can you imagine that? Think of it: Having an EXPANDED AWARENESS of all the good that surrounds you.

And that, right there, is the distinction between cultivating an attitude of gratitude and ignoring the negative.

Being grateful does NOT mean that you pretend that bad things don’t exist – it means accepting EVERYTHING, absolutely everything in your life and everything that is happening for you… But choosing to focus on the good.

Being grateful means making the conscious choice to focus on what you DO want, and what you DO have, rather than all that you’re losing – because we will always be “losing” to some degree! Our lives are in constant flux, there will always be a never-ending ebb and flow to our possessions and relationships.

As for the money, well, no – I haven’t exactly received a financial windfall or anything like that (yet). But I’m starting to really understand that that’s really not how this works. UPDATE: I actually did get my windfall! 

What is happening, however, is that little channels of abundance that I thought were closed to me before, are now opening themselves up and revealing themselves to me.

With my heightened state of positive awareness, I am able to see how everything that I have or don’t have, truly is a result of my thoughts and actions.

Every day, I am slowly becoming more comfortable with owning my results – and I’m less afraid to do so, because even if my results were “bad”, I can see the good and am able to find a way to be grateful in every situation.

These past few weeks have been particularly trying for me, having lost a dear friend to cancer. Thank Goddess I buckled down with my gratitude practice when I did. I shudder to think of how my mental state would be now, if I hadn’t been training my mind all this time.

From the bottom of my heart, I hope that you decide to buckle down and take your gratitude practice seriously as well.

Thank you for you,

Timmie Wanechko Edmonton Reiki

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  • Reply
    Caitlin Fitzpatrick
    November 26, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Thank you for the reminder! After reading this blog I feel I am ready to take my gratitude practice to the next level! 🙂

    • Reply
      November 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      That’s awesome Caitlin! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    December 27, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    I am on day 2 and already realized how life rakes care of me..

    • Reply
      December 28, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      That’s so awesome 🙂 Life DOES take care of you, you are certainly a very blessed and loved woman.

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