Recently I've talked about five ways to demonstrate self-compassion and ways you could start to practice these. I mentioned:
I’m focusing on each of these over five posts to give a little more detail about what it is and ways to introduce the practice. This is the art of gratitude.
“the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”
What stands out for me in this definition is ‘the quality of being thankful…’. Not simply saying the words but being truly intentional with the things you are grateful for, considering deeply what that may be and raising the consciousness of your gratitude for them.
Beginning to recognise the things that you are thankful for teaches you to see the good through the bad. When we don’t take a moment to stop and think about what those things may be, we miss so much.
Can you recognise the things you are grateful for in everyday? Not saying the words or writing a list for the sake of it but finding a different level of quality for all that you are grateful for?
A regular practice of gratitude is proven to help improve negative self-talk, create contentment and find happiness in those moments we may not otherwise have seen.
What are you grateful for today?
The original post Five ways to demonstrate self-compassion outlines all five ways to introduce you to living with more compassion. You may also find the following posts of interest:
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Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.