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Unleash the Power of Gratitude

Unleash the Power of Gratitude

Did you know that when you’re in a mindset of gratitude, when your vibration is high on being thankful and feeling blessed, you cannot also feel fear or hate or guilt at the same time?  Think about that.

How does it feel when you’re overwhelmed with fear, hate and guilt?  How often do you find yourself thinking, “What do I have to be grateful for, anyway?” Life has turned upside down.  Everything is changing.  You find it hard to see the light at the end of the very long, dark tunnel.  It feels very heavy and like everything is a burden. 

I get that.  I’ve been there.

What if you could lighten your mood?  What if you could replace the heaviness with a new belief?  What if you felt loved and loveable, worthy, safe and whole?  Wouldn’t that be a better place?  It’s possible—even in your darkest hour.

It Takes 90 Seconds

I’ll always be grateful to a dear friend who shared with me a simple activity that lifted my spirits in 90 seconds.  Just 90 seconds.  I shifted from feeling unworthy, stuck and deeply depressed to seeing a light that could take me to a much better place.

I was so blessed that she shared the power of this practice with me that I have since shared it in each of my workshops and I begin every group coaching session in this way.  It can transform how you feel in that very moment and it will raise your spirit so you can see the possibilities that exist for you.

Grace from Gratitude

Sharing this simple practice is my gift to you at this Thanksgiving season.   My friend calls it a “Gratitude Rampage.”  I call it “90 seconds of Grace from Gratitude.” You can call it whatever you like.   

Set a timer for 90 seconds.  If you’re alone, just start rattling off all the things you’re grateful for.  Don’t stop.  Say them out loud.  As fast as you can think of them.  The big things.  The little things.  Keep going.  What else are you grateful for? 

Mine might sound something like this:  “I am so grateful for the support of my husband, for my four fur-babies’ unconditional love, for this beautiful day, for the precious little baby girl my niece is carrying inside her, for the hummingbird that just came to the feeder outside my window, for the love of my brothers, for the best friend in the world a woman could ask for, that I am healthy, that I have a fulfilling business, that I’m the best CEO I could ask for … etc., etc., etc.”  See how it might go for you?

More than One Way

When I do this in a group, I usually don’t set a timer—instead I’ll set a number of times around the group (at least three times) and we go ‘round robin.’ 

If you would like to try this, the Thanksgiving table might be a great way to test the theory that you can create ‘grace from gratitude.’  Ask each person at the table to think of one thing they’re grateful for on this day and move to the next one.  If you have a large group, they may only tolerate one round—but if it’s a smaller group you might try going around three times.  You’ll know what feels right.

There is great power in having an attitude of gratitude.  Even when life has thrown you a curve ball, starting your day with a gratitude rampage will put you in a much better place to manage what comes your way. And, if things start to get out of hand at any time, take a deep breath and set your timer for 90 seconds—start to mutter under your breath all the things you’re grateful for.

Step into the Power  

Think about how you can now take things into your own hands.  Step into your own power to turn things around.  When you’re feeling fear or hate or guilt, or any of the other icky emotions we feel when we’re going through a divorce or working to recover afterwards, you now have a simple, easy, quick tool that will raise you up above those negative emotions and fill you up with the positive vibration of gratitude.  Don’t forget to smile when you feel the shift!

Unleash its power.  Don’t take my word for it. Test it for yourself.  For just one week, start every day with 90 seconds of Grace from Gratitude—I dare you.  I believe it will become a practice you’ll repeat often throughout your day once you realize the benefits that gratitude can bring to transforming your life.

If you want one more tip to make the shift even bigger, start a new journal—My Gratitude Journal—and write down what you’re grateful for every day.  When things get rough, take out your journal and re-read from its pages.  Within a few weeks you will have created a very special keepsake that is a resource to lift your spirits at a moment’s notice—and a forever reminder of all those big things and little things that have graced your life along your journey.   

From my grateful heart to yours … María


María Tomás-Keegan is a certified Life Transition Coach specializing in helping professional women to navigate their divorce transition.  She’s released a new book called, “5 Practical Choices Divorced Women Can Make … to Reduce isolation, Re-energize your life and Return you to balance.”  

She shares five choices that will motivate, inspire and empower you to think about things differently, create new connections to support your journey and take back your power.  If you’d like to download a free copy of her book, just click this link:

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