I think gratefulness is such a key to a vibrant life. It is a tool that can reform our thoughts in a positive direction.
Today I practiced focusing on the things I was grateful for (I only chose three) a little longer than usual until I felt the full emotion of being grateful. This takes longer than the second or two it takes to think or speak it.
I think perhaps our super fast-paced lifestyle causes us to skim over the important rituals in life and lose the full experience.
It’s easy to sneak lots of thoughts of worry, fear and fretting into each activity. The harder thing to do is focus more intentionally on something that is positive. Believe me the results are amazing.
I tell my piano students that practicing a wrong note will teach them to always play that wrong note, so they should practice slowly so that they can play it right the first time, and the second time and so on. So now I’m learning to practice thoughts of gratitude thoughtfully and intentionally, in other words, to be patient and take the time it takes. I’m trying to practice what I preach.