The power of gratitude

For a while now I have been wanting to share more about the practices that have supported me on my path and that I use with clients to support them on theirs.

Inquiries, daily routines, questions, ways to be.

There’s tons of them in my backpack and I want them to be wider known, to support more people to become more of themselves.

So I have decided to share one practice every week.

I am a firm believer in practice. “Practice makes perfect”, as the saying goes, and although this has nothing to do with being perfect; changing one thing a day will change your life. It is as simple as that.

Gratitude is one of the practices that has profoundly changed my life, and that I share with most of my clients. It is a powerful one. In my Shaolin lineage this is even considered a “Shaolin secret”, meaning it used to be only given out to advanced practitioners because it was such a high level practice.

Gratitude is an instant heart opener and practising it daily will also rewire your brain. It is a matter of looking at what you have instead of what you don’t have.

It is also a choice. Many of us are wired to pine for or work hard for what we don’t have, instead of smelling the roses, or in most cases, the cappucino. Gratitude is a beautiful way to celebrate what already is, the abundance you already have – and living in Western society at this time in history this is a lot.

It’s about choosing the perspective you want to perceive life through.

I often do this by making a list at the end of the day, in my head. You can also write it down. It literally takes a few minutes, and believe me, things will change: you will take this perspective more and more into your daily life.

If this practise is hard for you, it probably means you need it the most. And yet, don’t push yourself: start as small as you need to. A smile, a kind word, a beautiful flower. And gradually you will notice you can allow more gratitude into your heart.

I dare you to do this for a full month and see what happens.

And as always, if you want to share your experience, do not hesitate to reply to this email!

I would love to hear from you.

Love,

Anke

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Coach, trainer & lover of all things human and relational. Supporting you in finding a deeper connection to yourself & others, so you can truly lead, wherever you are.

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