Kris Bedenian on Gratitude

Guest blog

Our Mindset Is Everything

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

I can’t help but wonder if my mindset was the cause of my breast cancer. Since nobody can tell us the exact cause of cancer; why it invades one person and not another, it makes me wonder.

Can we manifest illness by the way we think and process life? I’m not saying I took my health for granted but did I genuinely express my gratitude while running myself ragged at times?

Perhaps, I pushed myself way too much. I don’t stay in my pajamas often, but today is different. I decided to take a much-needed personal health day.

Could this instantly gratifying world be exhausting us? Do you allow enough downtime in your life? How about getting off the treadmill of life for a day?

A personal health day might be the thing to refuel you. A day for myself includes healthy food with possibly some chocolate, writing, reading, and napping. It also provides time for self-reflection as it’s imperative to our overall health.

What might be on your list of things to do on a personal health day? Our individual needs vary when it comes to precisely what we might do with our time. Deciding when to take one is a life skill. A break can help our perceptions, which shape a person’s beliefs and decision-making abilities.

I’m hoping to promote a mindset that is well-rested, encouraging an abundantly filled life.

The amazing attitude

There aren’t two people with the same attitude about life. So, whether you have a positive or negative mindset, can we all make room for improvement? Are you positive most days, but certain things knock you down? For some, it might come more straightforward to be grateful. However, these changes are entirely doable for all of us.

  • Do you acknowledge the importance of expressing gratitude while experiencing it daily?
  • Do you enjoy and recognize the small pleasures in life?
  • Do you feel a sense of abundance in your life? Remember, it’s not all about money.
  • Do you contribute to the well-being of others?
  • Do you appreciate the people in your life?

Gratitude begins in your mind and manifests into the physical realms of your life. Let’s sharpen some skills to create some great habits; that will lead you to those beautiful results — that we all go in search of.

The amazing skills

Just like a resume lists your attributes and skills, I want to include these as well. These can help turn your mindset into a goldmine. Please acknowledge the ones you already have and know that we all have room for improvement. Which ones are your strengths? How about weaknesses?

  • Able to see the world with tons of possibilities for opportunities.
  • Being able to use your freedom to grow without holding yourself back by limitations.
  • Despite your circumstances, always being able to be grateful is important.
  • You are using your circumstances to create something more significant in the future to serve your life purpose.
  • The ability to create meaningful life experiences that will be cherished by others.
  • Promote creativity within yourself and others, while being an inspiration and encourager.

Although these skills will take time to cultivate; they aren’t impossible with some practice. Being patient with yourself while creating some amazing habits is essential.

The amazing habits

Are you looking for more joy and happiness in your life? We all find ourselves in ruts on occasion; could it be the habit of gratitude lacking in those times in our lives? Here are some excellent practices to embrace.

  • Pray and say thank you often.
  • Start a gratitude journal. Make a list of everything you have in your life. Reread the list while genuinely feeling grateful. Say thank you.
  • Start being consistent with moving and using your mind. Physical and mental exercises can leave you in a mental state of well-being. Therefore, bringing more wellness your way.
  • It helps to practice kindness to yourself and others. Think about the things you do for others; how about doing those things for yourself?
  • However, selfless service without expecting anything in return is truly rewarding.

The amazing results

Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked resources that we could be using daily. It’s free with so many benefits. It doesn’t take very long to do, so what holds us back?

Perhaps focusing on the payoffs will be motivating enough to get started.

  • Gratitude can improve your physical and mental health.
  • Gratitude can improve your relationships and even opens new ones.
  • Gratitude fills you with more love and empathy while pushing out hatefulness and anger.
  • Gratitude can increase your confidence and self-love in the perfect dose.
  • Gratitude may even help you sleep better. Who couldn’t use that?

When you are feeling down or stressed, could it be your gratitude needs strengthening?

Sweet dreams

Perhaps it’s time for a pajama day. While you’re lying there, start counting your blessings on the sheep passing by. One by one until you fall fast asleep. Let your subconscious mind multiply your blessings upon awakening with a well-rested abundant mindset.

Gratitude promotes a positive attitude, so if you are experiencing mental or physical burnout, perhaps the proper rest is a priority. Do you need a day for yourself?

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I’m writing this as a thank you note for personal health days whenever necessary.

I’m also thankful for Trista Signe Ainsworth, for she is a big influencer of a day for yourself. In addition, her publication, Thank You Notes, promotes a heart of gratitude daily.

I’m a writer, who has journaled for 23 years. My recent battle with breast cancer has given me a new perspective on life. Writing is a way for me to give back.

Published in Thank You Notes

I was delighted to discover Kris Bedenian, and when I saw this well crafted and eloquent article, I was compelled to request her guest blog.