start monday with gratitude

week 50

Welcome to Week 50, 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.

Gratitude opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it

Stephen Richards

video transcript

Have you ever been in the company of someone who complains, constantly complains? More often than not, their complaints feature the same, old topics. It’s like they’re on constant repeat, moaning and groaning about the same things, like a broken record.

Have you also noticed that their complaining is also very self-centred? They complain about everything that has happened to them or impacts them, not anyone else, them. “I wanted to go out for a walk but it’s raining”, “Money’s always tight”, “You’re not treating me right”, “That’s not fair (to me)”… and so it goes.

The more they complain, the further their energy falls. And before long all they can see is a life that is filled with complaints, little or nothing to be grateful for.

Before long, their eyes can no longer see the beauty in the world around them, the blessings, large and small, that fill their lives every single day, because their focus is solely on what’s going wrong for them and in their lives.

Compare that with someone who is grateful for everything they have and experience in their life, every opportunity that comes their way.

Someone who is grateful for every aspect of their life, the positive and the not-so-positive, because they can find a positive in everything; someone who is grateful for everything they have in life and enjoy in life, because they give thanks for the large and the small blessings, alike; someone who lives their life to the full because they’re so grateful for the opportunity ; someone who can see and enjoy the celebrations of others around them.

Such people can see beyond the surface of everything, they can see the potential for good and positivity in everything, even the most trying of situations because, in those very situations, they embrace the opportunity to grow and learn.

And in so doing, such people see a full spectrum before their eyes; they see the positives, the experiences that can be easily turned around to become positives, and the challenges through which they (and others) can grow.

For them, their life, the world and the universe is full of possibilities, full of limitless potential because they see and appreciate the benefits of both sides of the coin, they’re not just caught up on the darkness of one side. They truly see the full picture because their eyes, their minds and their hearts are open.

daily gratitude practice

Usually before you would complete today’s exercise, I’d invite you to bubble up and protect your energy. However, I’m not inviting you to do this as I want you to experience how this exercise impacts your energy.

Choose someone in your life who has a tendency to complain, someone who is negative person, and someone you can meet up with in person.

Get them to start talking by asking, “How are you?” or “What’s happening at the moment in your life?” or something similar, and then simply sit and nod as you listen to what they talk about.

Don’t speak, just listen and nod.

Where’s their focus? On themselves or on others? If it’s on others, is it really on others or how others impact them?

Do they tend to have a favourite theme around which they focus their attention?

And notice how your nodding is impacting them, does it encourage them to keep complaining, do you think?

Can you feel into their energy? If you can, how does it feel? And do you notice how your energy changes as they complain? How is their negativity impacting your vibration?

After about 10 minutes or so, find a way to politely end the conversation and walk away.

When you’re out of sight, perhaps at home or taking refuge in a nearby toilet, do an energy sweep to wipe away the negative energy that has attached itself to you from them.

To do this simply take your hand and sweep down your body, a few centimetres distance away from your skin, from your head to your feet.

When you reach your feet, flick your hands as if flicking away dirt. Make sure you’re not flicking your hands towards anybody nearby.

Repeat this sweeping and flicking motion until you’ve swept your whole body.

For today’s exercise you can choose the same person as yesterday or someone different. Again, don’t do anything to protect your energy field. And, again, open up the conversation with a general question to get them to engage.

Every time they say something negative, I invite you to (politely) say something positive back to them. So, for example, say it’s a wet day and they’re complaining about getting wet in the rain. You can retort back about how refreshing you find the rain.

Observe their behaviour as you meet every negative with something positive.

Do they continue to effortlessly complain and find something negative in everything or do they begin to struggle when coming face to face with your positivity? Do they end the conversation or can they keep talking until you end the conversation after about 10 minutes?

Notice everything about their behaviour.

See if you can feel into their energy and see if it changes in anyway. And notice how you feel during the conversation and how your energy may be changing.

Which do you think is the stronger of the two energies; the negative or the positive?

When the conversation ends, after about 10 minutes, repeat the energy sweep you did yesterday.

Usually when negative energy is met with positive energy, the positive energy has more power and can either change the negativity of the other, or make them feel uncomfortable so they either find a way to end the conversation first or feel backed into a corner and become defensive and, sometimes, offensive. Did you notice this?

Also, because you purposely were focusing on staying positive and replying in a positive manner, did you notice your energetic vibration fall as low as it did yesterday? Ideally it would actually have risen because you were so focused on staying positive.

Think of a challenging time in the recent past, a time when you felt really tested, when you felt the universe didn’t have your back.

Look into each step along the way during that challenging time and find things that went wrong or felt negative. Then turn this around by finding lessons, ways you grew, positive things that arose and express gratitude for them.

Usually when we are challenged in life, it’s actually an opportunity to grow, change and expand.

However, when you’re in the midst of the challenge it can be difficult to see those opportunities and positives.

And when the challenging time is over, we’re so relieved that we don’t look back or even think of uncovering anything positive that could have arise, any lessons that we learned as a result.

Next time you’re faced with a challenge, see if you can periodically step back and see if you can find any positive lessons you’re being taught, any ways in which you are growing as a result, anything that you can be grateful for. It’s not easy, especially the first few times you try it. But with practice, it should become less difficult. 

Think back to the most challenging time in your life to date.

Dig beneath the surface of that challenge to uncover something(s) positive that arose as a result.

Can you see that even in the most difficult and challenging times, if you look and are open to find something(s) positive, you can find it?

When times are particularly challenging, it can be hard in that present moment to find anything positive. However, when you look back after a few months, you often find the reason, the lesson that was to be experienced.

Every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity to change, grow and learn. Even if you can’t find that in the present moment, it’s important to look back to find it and, then, to express gratitude for it. That way you train your brain to understand and seek out the positive in every challenge, to look beyond the surface and see the potential for good and positivity in everything.

Think of all the positive things that have happened to you in the last year.

Write down as many as you can remember and express gratitude for them.

Think of all the situations that initially presented themselves as challenges in the last year and which you turned around easily to create something positive.

Write down as many as you can remember and express gratitude for them.

Think of all the challenging situations that you experienced in the past year through which you (and possibly others involved) positively grew and changed as a result.

Write down as many as you can remember and express gratitude for them.

and let's not forget...

This week's high vibe tune encourages us to remember that gratitude’s in your eyes, opening them to the wonders of the universe

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 opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it” ~ Stephen Richards





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.