start monday with gratitude

week 28

Welcome to Week 28, 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

Gratitude is not limited by the size of our body or soul, or the size of our heart.

The tallest person with the biggest physical heart can be carrying the smallest amount of gratitude if their mind and attitude are not in the right place. And, yet, the tiniest baby with the tiniest physical heart will have a heart that is bursting with gratitude, gratitude for new life.

Gratitude is a vibration and an energy that raises your soul higher, that fills your mind with appreciation and thankfulness for all of life’s blessings (the small and the large, the regular and the unexpected), and that keeps you heart pumping, filling every minute aspect of your body with the tingles of thankfulness and joy.

Your heart, no matter the size, can always hold much more gratitude than you can ever imagine or, indeed, ever express. It is limitless.

The more gratitude you feel, the more your heart can hold. It will grow and expand to meet the levels of gratitude you express and, yet, it will never grow and burst beyond its limits because, as we know, when it comes to gratitude, the heart is limitless.

So, be like Piglet, and start your journey of discovery; discover that no matter what size your heart may be, it will always be able to hold much more gratitude than you could ever imagine.

daily gratitude practice

Think back to the very beginning of this year-long gratitude experience.

How much gratitude did you express every day? Did you only express gratitude for the obvious blessings and miracles in your life, the ones that caught your attention when they arose and not consider expressing gratitude for the small daily things that you took for granted?

Compare the level and amount of gratitude you expressed back then with the amount you express today.

With daily gratitude practice you’ll be able to see a big difference.

Has your heart or any part of your body struggled, become damaged and hurt, felt strained as a result of the increasing and growing amount of gratitude you express each day? I doubt it.

Express gratitude for something small in your life, something that happens daily that you could easily take for granted. An example could be breathing or hot running water in your shower.

Tune into how you feel in your body when you express gratitude for this small daily blessing.

Tune into how you heart feels and, possibly, expands when you express gratitude.

Can you feel changes anywhere else in your body?

Without referencing the actual blessing you’re expressing gratitude for, write down everything you sense and feel as you express your gratitude.

Express gratitude for something big in your life, something that doesn’t happen every day, something that you would never take for granted and easily express gratitude for when it arises. An example could be when you receive a visit from a special friend or family member who lives quite far away from you.

Tune into how you feel in your body when you express gratitude for this blessing.

Tune into how you heart feels and, possibly, expands when you express gratitude.

Can you feel changes anywhere else in your body?

Without referencing the actual blessing you’re expressing gratitude for, write down everything you sense and feel as you express your gratitude.

Look at what you noted down for your experience on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Don’t think about whether you were expressing gratitude for the small daily blessing that you could easily take for granted or for the big blessing that you easily express gratitude for when it arises. The actual blessing isn’t important. What’s important is how you felt gratitude in your body.

When you read what you wrote down can you see any major differences between how expressing gratitude impacted you when you were focused on a small daily blessing or a big blessing, or was the feeling, the change in your body, the impact similar no matter what you were expressing gratitude for?

Does gratitude distinguish between something tiny and something big or are all blessings equal ‘in the eyes’ of gratitude?

You usually tend to find that your body and energy will react the same way no matter what you’re expressing gratitude for because regardless of whether you’re expressing gratitude for something small or something big, the vibration and frequency of gratitude will always be the same.

If you did notice a big difference between expressing gratitude for something small compared with something big, can you look back and work out where you felt that difference, where it was arising? In your heart and energy or in your head?

Your heart and energy should not have differentiated between something small and something big. Gratitude is gratitude. However, your head may have created a differentiation, giving more weight to the bigger blessing.

Yesterday’s exercise was designed to show that the energy, the impact of gratitude is the same no matter how small or large the blessing.

Today we’re going to repeat the exercises from Tuesday through to Thursday, all in one go, so you can get to feel the size of gratitude.

So, let’s start by focusing in on a small, everyday blessing that you could easily take for granted. Really tune into how that feels in your body, where you feel it in your body. Also take note of any thoughts/ideas/ suggestions that come into your mind.

Then when you’ve fully tuned into it, move on to express gratitude for something big. And, again, tune into how that feels in your body, where you feel it in your body. Again, also take note of any thoughts/ideas/suggestions that come into your mind.

Does gratitude feel the same for each blessing whether it is small or big?

And did you notice if your head came into play at any time, perhaps telling you that you felt more gratitude for the larger blessing?

Can you separate the thoughts etc of your mind from the feelings in your body so you can truly and only feel gratitude?

I invite you to focus on a really tiny daily blessing, something you can easily take for granted.

Focus on how expressing gratitude for that tiny blessing feels in your body. Try to tune out your mind and any contributions it might be making in today’s exercise.

Now move on to express gratitude for something bigger, still small, still a blessing you could easily take for granted. Again, focus in on how this feels in your body, trying to ignore any contribution and suggestions from your mind.

Gradually move up the scale of blessings from something small and daily and something a bit bigger that happens less often.

Then continue up further to something bigger and bigger and bigger, until you are expressing gratitude for a really large blessing (present or in the past) that arose only once.

Each time feel into your body and how expressing gratitude impacts your body and energy. Each time try to tune out the mind and ignore any ideas or suggestions it may have.

When you tune solely into your body and energy, is there any difference in how you feel gratitude in your heart, body and energy when you are expressing gratitude for something tiny versus something huge?

We’re going to do the opposite of what we did yesterday.

Like yesterday, we’re going to move up the scale of blessings and express gratitude for something really tiny that happens every day which you could easily take for granted and we’re going to tune into blessings one at a time that increase in size until you reach one which is huge, that only happened once.

However, unlike yesterday, we’re not going to tune out the mind and the thoughts and suggestions of our mind. We are, though, going to ignore any feelings in our heart, body, energy. Solely focus on how the mind behaves as you express gratitude for each and every blessing.

When you tune solely into your mind and head, is there any difference in how you experience gratitude when you are expressing gratitude for something tiny versus something huge?

Does your mind/head give greater weight to larger blessings compared to the small daily blessings?

Does your mind/head react differently to gratitude compared to your heart, body and energy?

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

and let's not forget...

Does this week's high vibe tune remind you that times have never been so good?

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.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold rather a large amount of gratitude” ~ AA Milne

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.