start monday with gratitude

week 23

Welcome to Week 23, 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

What are some of the signs of growth and expansion?

Well, I guess one of the greatest signs of growth and expansion is that you look beyond the needs of yourself and consider how your life, your behaviour, your words impact those around you.

When we are inward-focused we only concentrate on ourself, on ‘me’, on how we want to live, regardless of how that may impact others. When we are inward-focused we keep ourselves small by living and walking around in a bubble. We are insular. Everything is about ‘me’.

But that’s not how life works. We are all energy and we are all connected energetically. So how you act, how you talk, how you live will impact those around you.

When you practise gratitude, at first you express gratitude for what you have and what you receive in your life. But before long, it becomes a lot more than that. Before long, as gratitude fills your heart, as you look beyond the scope of ‘me’, you begin to make decisions and choices that benefit not only you but those around you, and beyond.

Gratitude helps you see far beyond yourself. Gratitude teaches you that we are all connected energetically. Gratitude shows you that whatever choices and decisions you make will create a ripple effect which touches not only those around you but will impact others that are beyond your direct scope and perceived impact.

So, where you first express gratitude for the good things that you have and that happen in your life, before long you expand your focus and begin to express gratitude for the good things that happen in the lives of those around you.

And as you grow and expand your focus, you express gratitude for the positive things that are far-reaching, that touch those who outlie your immediate energetic connection with loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues to include strangers, nations, and countries; positive things that impact those unknown to you, the environment and Mother Earth, and the animals we share this planet with.

As gratitude and love fill your heart so you expand and grow. No longer do you see yourself as an individual but as part of a much larger and stronger energetic connection.

daily gratitude practice

Look back to the choices and decisions you’ve made since you began this gratitude practice.

Think of 5 choices and decisions you’ve made that not only positively impacted you but also positively impacted others, such as friends, family, pets and colleagues, Mother Earth, the world in general, or the animal kingdom.

How have these choices and decisions differed to the choices and decisions you would have made before gratitude became such an important aspect of your life?

Look back to choices and decisions you made in the past that solely benefited you. Choices and decisions you made when you only took into consideration your own needs and desires.

Could you have made better choices and decisions had you had considered the wider impact?

Would you have made different choices and decisions had you considered the wider impact?

Think back to a time when a choice or decision you made benefitted you but hurt or didn’t benefit someone else involved.

You may have been unaware of its impact at the time.

Could you have made a different choice or decision so that everyone involved benefitted?

Looking back, if the same situation arose, would your choice and decision change to consider others involved?

Think of a choice or decision you made where you considered the impact on others involved or you considered the impact the ripple effect of your choice or decision may have.

How did that influence the choice or decision you made?

Is the choice or decision you made different to the choice and decision you could have made had you only considered the impact on yourself?

Think of choices and decisions you have made in the past that not only positively impacted your life, but the lives of others, be they family, friends, pets, colleagues, strangers, your community, Mother Earth, the world, the animal kingdom.

You may not have realised at the time how your choice and decision would have positively impacted others, but looking back, you can now see it did.

How does it make you feel knowing you’ve created a positive ripple effect that touched people, animals, places, things beyond yourself?

Does that encourage you to continue making choices and decisions that you know will create a ripple effect?

Express gratitude for choosing options that not only benefitted you but also caused a positive ripple effect beyond you.

Think of choices and decisions you have made in the past that positively impacted your life, but which negatively impacted the lives of others, be they family, friends, pets, colleagues, strangers, your community, Mother Earth, the world, the animal kingdom.

You may not have realised at the time how your choice and decision would have negatively impacted others, but looking back, you can now see it did.

How does it make you feel knowing that your choice or decision may have hurt or negatively impacted people, animals, places, things beyond yourself?

Looking at those choices and decisions, could you have made different ones that either had a neutral effect on others or which benefitted others as well as yourself?

Don’t beat yourself up about these choices and decisions. We can’t change the past. However, we can change the present and the future.

So express gratitude for the insight you have now received and that will positively impact any choices and decisions you make in the future.

Express gratitude for the good things that have happened in the lives of others as a result of 3 choices and decisions that you made.

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 of how good it is to also consider others

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.

“Gratitude helps you grow and expand” ~ Eileen Caddy

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.