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An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 3

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

—Ralph H. Blum

 By now you are truly learning to embrace the healing power of unconditional love. You may be asking why people keep suggesting you focus on gratitude. Not only does gratitude shift your attention and in general make you feel better, research is showing that practices like this change your entire psychological perspective and physiology.

Practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to directly experience the blessing of interconnectedness in your life. Spiritual healing starts with simple practice. Some quick ways to practice gratitude daily are included below.

Young child shows gratitude and joyKeep a Gratitude Journal: Each night before going to bed, list at least 5 things that you are grateful for from the day.

Set a Timer: Set a watch, a cell phone, or computer to chime hourly. Each hour when the chime goes off think of something you are grateful for.

Shift Attention: When you catch yourself thinking thoughts that bring you down, shift your attention to remembering what you are grateful for.

Include Gratitude for Yourself: Notice what you appreciate about yourself and celebrate these qualities. Look in a mirror at yourself and say “I appreciate ___________about you,” listing what you appreciate in the blank as you speak to yourself. Say at least 3 appreciations. You may also include these statements in your gratitude journal.

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This article is supported by Vantage Point Recovery, a lifestyle and recovery management center located in the Los Angeles / Southern California area. We welcome you to our community of readers as we improve our health and our lives, together.
Bobbi Rudin, a mind body spirit healthcare writer and instructor, shared this blog.