start monday with gratitude

week 8

Welcome to Week 8, lovely soul.

Below you'll find the video and video transcript introducing you to this week's quote and musings.

Scroll further and you'll discover this week's daily exercises, high vibe tune, and downloadable wallpapers.

Remember - always feel free to share your insights for each day's gratitude exercise in our Facebook group.

video transcript

When you live a life filled with gratitude you soon appreciate that, unlike what so many people believe, life is not out to ‘get you’, life is not here to knock you down constantly, it’s not here to make your journey and path a constant, relentless and exhausting challenge.

When you live in gratitude and with gratefulness, you no longer fear that life is happening to you. Rather you realise that life is happening for you, for your benefit.

The challenges that cross your path, for they always will whether you live with gratefulness or not, you start to view differently. You stop the “woe is me” and “why me?” attitude when a challenge crosses your path as you appreciate that life is no longer about knocking you down and feeling sorry for yourself, that your lot in life is so difficult.

Rather you view those challenges as opportunities, as blessings, to learn, grow and develop. Those challenges only enter your life to fill a void, something that’s already missing or lacking.

Our aim in this lifetime is to become a better person, a person more in alignment with natural world around us. In order for us to become so, we need to learn, we need to change, and we need to grow and develop.

Every time a challenge enters your life, don’t look on it as a difficulty, don’t ask “why me?”, embrace it and gives thanks that life is giving you the opportunity to grow, learn and become a better person.

Look on it, that life considers you special enough, important enough, valuable enough to be given the opportunity and honour to become a better human being by filling a void in your life with experiences, with knowledge, with insights.

When you view life as a blessing and everything it bestows on you, an opportunity, then you can look to tomorrow with a calmness and sense of joy in your heart.

No longer do you fear what tomorrow will bring. Rather you look forward to the new opportunities, the new blessings, the new miracles that it will carry with it.

No longer do you panic about the unknown. Rather you embrace, with calmness, all the lessons, all the invitations that you know life will have for you that will help transform you.

When you live a life of gratitude, the never-ending fear of tomorrow dissipates and, filling its void, is calmness and joy.

daily gratitude practice

Today I’m going to challenge you.

Today I’m inviting you to go back in time, it can be at any age, to a memory when you felt that life was against you, that it was out to get you; a time when you thought “why me?”.

It may be painful to relive that memory, but please stick with it.

Remember and re-experience it in as much detail as possible.

Now look at what you gained through that negative experience.

What positive lessons did it teach you?

What blessings came onto your path and into your life as a result of it?

How did you grow stronger and become better as a result of that experience?

Can you see the difference between viewing a challenge from a negative perspective such as “why me?” to a viewing it from a positive perspective such as “what did I learn as a result?”

Our aim in this lifetime is to become a better person, a person more in alignment with natural world around us.

In order for us to become so, we need to learn, we need to change, and we need to grow and develop.

Go back to the memory from yesterday, the challenge in your life.

Imagine it hadn’t happened.

Imagine if your life hadn’t changed as a result of all you experienced and learned from that challenge.

How would your life look today if that challenge hadn’t shaped and moulded you into the person you are today?

There are always lessons to be learned in life, experiences that help us to grow.

We can see those experiences as either positive when life feels good, or we can see them as negative when there are a few bumps appearing in the road.

Think of a time in your life when life seemed to flow, when life felt easy, a time you would deem to be positive.

How much did you grow and learn through that positive experience?

How much did you change as a result?

How did it help mould you into the person you are today?

Now look at a time in your life when life was a struggle, when you felt like you were paddling upstream and not getting anywhere, a time you would deem to be negative and challenging.

How much did you grow and learn through that negative and challenging experience?

How much did you change as a result?

How did it help mould you into the person you are today?

Can you see that both experiences helped you to grow and learn, moulded and shaped you into the person you are today?

Perhaps one experience taught you more than the other. However, can you now see that something positive and good arose as a result of both the seemingly positive and the seemingly negative and challenging experiences?

Without both positive and negative/challenging experiences, you will not grow, you will not learn, you will not change.

Can you now, going forward, more positively embrace and accept the challenges in your life and be grateful for all they teach you?

Again, think of a big challenge presented to you in your life. It can be something recent or in the past.

Focus on the first memory of a challenge that comes to your mind.

Now return your focus to the present day. You’re here, right? You survived all the challenges and obstacles that have come onto your path, right? And no doubt, as a result of them, you are a stronger person.

Yes, you have picked up some bumps and bruises along the way. You may not have made it through a challenge totally unscathed.

But you made it.

You’re here.

You survived.

Isn’t that something to be grateful for? That the challenges that you have experienced in your life have been challenges you could work through?

You were strong enough to tackle them.

You were and are smart enough to work through them.

Might it be that life considers you special enough, important enough, valuable enough, capable enough, and strong enough to be given the opportunity and honour to become a better human being through the challenges set before you?

Give thanks and express gratitude for the honour that life has bestowed on you through these challenges.

In today’s exercise I want you to both ignore and embrace everything you have experienced this week, so far.

Sitting in the present moment, I invite you to close your eyes.

I invite you to imagine a future where you don’t know what lies in wait for you and that, because you don’t know, you feel terrified to step into tomorrow.

How does that feel in your body?

Try to tune into where you feel it in your body.

Sit with that feeling, those sensations for a little while.

And then I invite you to imagine a future where you don’t know what lies in wait for you and that, because you know you’ve survived every challenge you’ve experienced to date, you feel excited about what tomorrow holds.

How does that feel in your body?

Try to tune into where you feel it in your body.

Sit with that feeling, those sensations for a little while.

Now compare how you felt when you were scared about what the future held with how you felt when you felt excited about what the future held.

Which feelings and sensations were more enjoyable for you?

Wouldn’t you want to face the future carrying those feelings and sensations with you?

When you appreciate the positive side of challenges, when you can look to the future without fear, then you can truly express gratitude, from your heart, for all the challenges you have experienced to date and all the challenges that lie ahead of you.

Knowing what you now know having worked through this week’s exercises.

Knowing that you have survived every challenge placed in your path.

Knowing that those challenges have made you stronger and better, have moulded you into the person you are today, are you able to face the future and whatever tomorrow will bring with an air of confidence and positivity?

Will you now look at challenges in a different light and be grateful that life has placed them in you path to help you grow, learn, develop and because life has confidence in your abilities?

Look forward to all new challenges set before you and see them as invitations to grow and become stronger.

Will you, today, give thanks and express gratitude for the challenges that will come onto your path in the future?

When you can face the future positively, knowing that you are strong enough and capable enough to take on the challenges that lie ahead of you. How do you feel?

Do you feel confident?

Do you feel calm?

Do you feel at peace?

Do you feel a quiet joy about what’s to come?

No longer do you need to worry and fret about what’s to come.

No longer do you need to panic about what lies ahead.

Rather you can embrace, with calmness, all the lessons, all the invitations that you know life will have for you that will help transform you.

And when you can live at peace with the future, your mind will better focus on the present, your life shall become more mindful, and you will feel more grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead.

Feel free to share your insights for each day's exercise in our Facebook group.

and let's not forget...

This week's high vibe tune reminds us, when we get knocked down, to keep getting up again

have gratitude wherever you go...

... with this week's gratitude quote wallpaper.

Note: details of how to download this week's wallpaper is provided below.

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy”~ Ralph H Blum

16:9

16:10

4:3

mobile

how to download your wallpaper

Before copying one of the pictures below, you'll want to quickly check your screen settings because the worst thing you can do is use a wallpaper with an aspect ratio that differs from the aspect ratio of your screen.

The aspect ratio of a rectangle is simply the proportion between width and height. The most common are 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3. And it will be for these 3 sizes that I shall provide you with your free wallpaper.

To find your screen resolution follow this basic guide. Steps for your computer may vary slightly but I hope this will give you some guidance:

  • Right-click the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Scroll down until you see "Resolution" (you may have to choose an "Advanced" option)
  • To find your aspect ratio, divide the width over the height. For example, if my resolution is 1920 x 1080 then I would divide 1920 over 1080 to get 1.778, which indicates a 16:9 resolution. Similarly, 1.6 indicated 16:10 and 1.333 indicates 4:3
  • When you've calculated your screen's aspect ratio, go to the picture below that matches that size
  • Right click on the picture and select "Set as Desktop Background"
  • Choose whether to "Fill", "Fit", or "Stretch" your picture - if you've chosen the right size "Fit" will be your best option
  • Select "Set Desktop Background" and you're done

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down on it until you see a menu.
  • From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by pressing and holding a blank area on your screen (meaning where no apps are placed), and home screen options will appear.
  • Select 'add wallpaper' and choose whether the wallpaper is intended for 'Home screen', 'Lock screen', or 'Home and lock screen'.
  • Another set of options will appear where you can choose where the photo you would like to use will be coming from, namely the Gallery.
  • If necessary, crop the image to a suitable size. Once satisfied, simply click 'Done'.

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down for about 2 seconds until a menu appears.
  • From here, click “Save Image“, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by, first, going to the 'Photos' app and selecting the wallpaper photo you've saved there.
  • Click on the share icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then select 'Use as Wallpaper'.
  • Then choose to set the photo as either the lock screen, home screen or both.