While celebrating a dream or major step along the way is important, creating appreciation lists on a regular basis is key to a bliss-filled life. Whenever I get into a funk, jotting down my blessings can shake me into a better state of mind. At the very least, it halts a negative cycle. The reason is that I am focusing on what I have instead of what I do not have. In addition, the simple action of pen to paper brings body and mind together in the present moment.
In addition, we can also show appreciation for our creative self.
“Acknowledging all the support you received throughout the Visioning® process begins with thanking your creative self. As the source of your creativity and the sustaining force that helped you reach for your dream, your creative self deserves your gratitude and appreciation. This is an opportunity to express thankfulness from the bottom of your heart and to do it in as creative a way as possible. Starting with a thank-you letter, you can go on to conceive a unique and very personal ritual of gratitude to your creative self.” page 165, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.
|From goalviz.com. The benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Use One.|
Lucia goes on further to suggest that we write a thank-you letter to your creative self. What has it given you? What has it taught you?
Next, she has suggestions for designing and carrying out a gratitude ritual, also thanking our creative self. Some ideas include: creating and displaying a prayer or card, dedicating a special corner in our home to our creative self, and creating a ceremony of thanks.
“With your nondominant hand, allow your creative self to write a message to you. If you have questions, write them with your dominant hand and allow the creative self to respond with your non-dominant hand.” page 166, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.
Appreciation is an inside job: a simple, yet boundless gift that you give to your self.
Dorothy Segovia is a certified Visioning® coach and author of My Body, My Car: How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents, a how-to book with music CD. Visit her at www.writeinside.com