Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude Day 8: Gratitude Benefits Mind & Body Danielle Rogers July 21, 2015 Enlightenment, Spirituality, Theme Features, Uncategorized, Visionary, Words of Wisdom Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. “There is no prescription for finding moments of gratitude in every day; there is simply the choice.” ― Gillian Deacon This week we will extend our understanding and experience of gratitude to the mind-body connection. Gratitude is much more than an attitude or mood – it is a powerful positive input to our mind-body system that leads to increased physical and psychological wellbeing. Grateful thoughts and meditative states don’t just stay in your mind. Messenger molecules instantly transmit their effects to the body’s 100 trillion cells, creating new brain cells and new pathways and brain patterns. The practice of gratitude has even been found to change our gene expression in a positive direction. By directing our awareness toward gratitude, our entire mind-body system is automatically oriented toward greater health and balance. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. CENTERING THOUGHT: Every thankful moment makes me healthier. SANSKRIT MANTRA: Shara Vana Ya (My awareness is aligned with the creative power of the Universe). 1.) List some ways in which you can increase positive input to your brain. For example, by focusing more on gratitude, love, affection, kindness, appreciation, or accomplishments. When I am having difficulty increasing positive input into my brain and/or heart I find that journaling all the things I am thankful for helps me to completely forget the space I was in. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make the most difference like the breeze you feel on a hot day. The time you take to interact with a child and seeing the light in their eyes. Being thankful for the progress I’ve made in life thus far. Not letting people hold me back. The fact that I am loved even though sometimes people get on my nerves. The things I have managed to accomplish despite the struggles and adversities that I had to fight through. 2.) Write down the three main factors that most contribute to negative input in your brain. Be specific. These could be stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, criticism, rejection, or disappointment. Social networking really disturbs my spirit sometimes and stirs up a conundrum of negativity in me. Stress. Lack of sleep. 3.) Write down three ways you can reduce negative input to your brain. For example, by getting more rest, performing regular exercise, or spending time with close friends. I’ve altered my social networking intake but I most definitely told myself it’s time to purge again. I cannot control people’s behaviors and mentalities but I can control what I allow myself to be susceptible to. Sometimes more times than not, I over think things. This could be personal things, business things, just anything. In my overthinking sometimes I cause unnecessary stress on myself and then inflict that on others. I need to relax more and not be afraid to say “not now” to people. I also need to be aware of the fact that I don’t owe anyone anything. Lack of sleep sometimes comes from overthinking and sometimes it comes from over working if there is a such thing. Lack of sleep and stress tend to go hand in hand for me. Sometimes my lack of sleep starts with good intent and then completely turns into something else. Sometimes its brought on by unnecessary stress. Either way I need to find more balance in my life in that area. 4.) Daily Reflection: When feeling stressed and unmotivated one of the things that work best for me is getting active. When I am active I feel so much better mentally and emotionally. My thoughts tend to flow freely and my body not only feels better but looks better. I am thankful for my health both mental and physical. I am thankful for my emotional health as well because it helps me to forge and sustain positive relationships that help me to be the best person I can be. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.