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Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Health, Movement | No Comments
Gratitude Spiral

How are you feeling so far? In the past four blog posts we’ve learned how to kickstart our day with breathwork, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and a superfoods breakfast.

Today I’m going to share with you my secret ingredient. A catalyst for happiness and contentment. The best part is, this exercise very simple and completely free!

Mettā is a sanskrit word that can be translated as “Benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others.”

We will be going into these exercises in much more depth in my upcoming Online Course, “Brain, Body & Soul”, but I wanted to introduce them to you now to give you a little preview.

Here’s how it works. I want you to go outside today and go for a walk. If you can be somewhere close to nature even better.

As your walking I want you to visualize a spiral starting around your heart. Visualize a spiral of gratitude.

As you feel your breath coming in and out of your body, also notice the sensation of your heart beating. Isn’t the human body an incredible design?

Take a moment to be grateful for the fact that your heart is beating, and that you are outside (possibly in nature) taking a walk.

Then allow this spiral (or perhaps for you its more of a wave) to radiate outward towards the rest of your body, your arms your legs, your head, and neck.

Be grateful for your body exactly as it is right now.

Often we think that we need to change. However, I want you to always remember that you are on your own journey, and where you are right now is exactly where you are supposed to be!

Now, keep walking, and begin to think about somebody you love. Allow “Metta” (loving-kindness) to the surface for this person.

Science has proven that we can change our brain chemistry with the thoughts we think. Allow your whole being to be enveloped in loving kindness, and notice how that feels in your body.

The next step is to allow this feeling of gratitude to radiate out beyond you. If you happen to walk by someone you can smile at them.

The more you give the more you open to receiving.

Visualize loving-kindness radiating beyond your city or town to the whole world!

Send gratitude and love to someone who lives far away, or someone you haven’t seen in a while.

When you finish your walk I want you to sit down and write a text or email to a friend or family member and let them know why you are grateful for their existence.

Don’t ask for anything, simply offer this as a gift.

I would love to hear how this experience was for you. Please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know.

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