Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude Day 10: Gratitude Expends Every Relationship Danielle Rogers July 22, 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. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust In today’s meditation, we explore how gratitude can transform all our relationships. It starts when you express gratitude or appreciation to another person. The transformation begins when you have the thought of gratitude and your brain translates that feeling into beneficial biochemical and neurological changes in your body. The feeling of gratitude also expands the heart, which has the effect of erasing old grievances and soothing resentments and petty differences we may have been holding onto. Gratitude is wonderful in that it gives these same benefits to the body and heart of the giver as well as the receiver of gratitude. When someone is thanked or appreciated, they generate the same biochemical changes and feel the same expansion and healing of the heart. This back-and-forth flow of grace uplifts and opens every aspect of our relationship with that person. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. CENTERING THOUGHT: Gratitude flows in a lovig relationship. SANSKRIT MANTRA: Namaste’ (I recognize my true essence in every soul I meet). 1.) Write down the relationships in your life that you feel would benefit from more appreciation and gratitude. My relationship can most definitely benefit from more appreciation and gratitude. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own struggles, desires, and needs that we tend to overlook the fact that other people have their own lives to live as well. I tend to think I am a very considerate person and I can be very giving and encouraging however when I am in a vulnerable space I can admit that I can become a bit needy and in turn selfish. I know these moments don’t negate the positives and things that I do properly as a whole but they definitely can cause unnecessary discourse that can last far longer than necessary. 2.) Taking each relationship one at a time, describe the difficulty or obstacle an expression of heartfelt gratitude could improve. In my relationships as a whole gratitude can improve trust, loyalty, and communication. Through those things the relationship itself can reach heights it has never before seen. This can in turn improve everyone’s quality of life, showcase the reciprocities that respect can manifest, and enhance creativity. 3.) Now, write down the good qualities in each relationship that you could express to help lessen the obstacle or difficulty. I am supported and loved unconditionally. I am accepted for who I am and not what I have or have the potential to become. The relationships in my life make me better even through the difficult times. The ability to get through the difficult times makes my relationships stronger. There is joy, laughter, and endless pleasure in the fulfillment I get from my most meaningful relationships. 4.) Daily Reflection: When I am lacking and not feeling my best, it is my job to fill those voids and center myself. I cannot look to others to fill me up because there have been times where I have been alone and had no one to lift me up and there will be times in the future where I may have to do the same. Not because I am unloved or not supported but because no one is committed or obligated to my path but me. All relationships I experience are perks to what I have to offer to myself be they short lived or for the long haul. I am not above apologizing when I am wrong. I actively practice gratitude and appreciation in all my relationships even when I don’t agree with the actions or paths of others. I realize their life choices have nothing to do with me and people are not obligated to conform to the life I am building for myself. Gratitude opens an endless stream of potential for relationships to flourish and enhance my life. I appreciate the relationships I am blessed to have. I will do my best to honor them while they are a part of my life. I ask that I have the strength to withstand the difficult times in the relationships that are meant to be as well as the strength to walk away from those that aren’t. I am a direct reflection of the type of friend, family member, and partner that I would desire for myself. At any time or any instance where I am lacking, I will do my part to make my relationships are fulfilling as possible. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.