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  • Daily Gratitude Challenge!

    Posted by sophia on September 22, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    I’m doing a gratitude challenge on some other platforms and I already love it so much! I wanted to bring it here too.

    The rules: I post about something I’m grateful for once per day for 30 days. As a bonus, I can contemplate other things I’m grateful for during the day to get gratitude deeper into the fabric of my being. I’d love to encourage you to post your own gratitude here too. Let’s share this!

    I actually felt the power of gratitude some years ago in a dream. I was having a nightmare and went lucid. I had the inspiration to try gratitude; looking for any little detail of the dream I was grateful for and to feel that. By doing so, my nightmare completely transformed into a blissful dream.

    Note I’ve had lucid dreams probably hundreds of times in my life, and while I can often do cool things like fly in a lucid dream, I don’t have *absolute* power – it’s a bit like Neo after he awakens to the Matrix. One thing I can’t normally do is turn a bad dream into a good one; usually my best remedy for a lucid dream is to force myself awake. The only other time I remember consciously shifting the overall energy of a dream was by meditating on self-love.

    Anyway, I believe that if gratitude can be so powerful in a lucid dream, it can be powerful in this dream we call life. Isn’t it a nice thought to basically say — “Whatever else, I want this dream to be a beautiful one!” — otherwise manifestation can sometimes be a Monkey Paw kind of backfiring thing. And what better way to make your dream beautiful than by acknowledging that it already is!

    So much for the theory. 🙂

    sophia replied 9 months, 1 week ago 1 Member · 23 Replies
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  • sophia

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    September 22, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Gratitude challenge day #3.

    Today I’m grateful for this novel series. I enjoy it, it’s keeping my attention, it’s helping me learn German and it’s feeding my fiction writing side. I wrote some fiction yesterday spontaneously. (I find it hard to find novels that I like, even though I do love them when I find them).

  • sophia

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    September 22, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    My previous posts:

    Gratitude challenge day #2.

    Thank you for rain.

    Obviously I don’t love getting cold and sick from rain, or when I want to go outside and rain makes that difficult. But I love the sound. I love the smell. I love the feeling. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is having an emotional release and I can be part of it.

    Thank you for sheltered patios where I can watch the rain and slanted attic windows.

    Gratitude challenge day #1

    Today’s gratitude: thank you for butterflies. Even the “boring” ones.

  • sophia

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    September 22, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    This is the novel series I was talking about above, for some reason the picture didn’t post.

  • sophia

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    September 23, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Day 4

    Today I’m grateful for feeling strength and connectedness after a long time recovering from a surgery.

  • sophia

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    September 24, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    Today I’m grateful for the inspiration to write and the power of what comes through me. Oh and this tree ❤️

  • sophia

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    September 25, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Gratitude challenge day #6.

    Thank you for this breakfast 😊

  • sophia

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    September 26, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    I’m grateful for this beautiful morning I had!

  • sophia

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    September 27, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Today I’m grateful for my personal growth. In particular how it feels achievable to have the consistency to learn a skill, in this case Gregg shorthand

  • sophia

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    September 28, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Gratitude challenge day #9

    Today I’m grateful for the sun and sunny days and for any moment when the sunlight makes life seem magical and beautiful. 💖

  • sophia

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    September 29, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Gratitude challenge day #10 (woohoo one third of the way thru!)<div>
    </div><div>Today is easy. Thank you for these wild mushrooms. Wow, such gorgeous abundance!</div>

    …That hot parasol mushroom sandwich was so delicious

  • sophia

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    September 30, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Gratitude challenge day #11

    Today I’m grateful for my close friends. I’m grateful for the experience of truly being seen and understood. I’m so grateful for being able to experience sharing a wavelength with someone. I’m grateful for friendships where I can share empathy (NVC style or otherwise). I’m grateful for friendships that help me expand and be truly myself.

  • sophia

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    October 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Today I’m grateful for fruit. All fruit really but I’m showing two that I appreciate a lot at my parents’ house. These figs grow semi-wild — birds spread the seeds and fig trees are more encouraged than planted — and it feels like so much abundance in fig season to eat more or less as many as I want, for free, and they’re the best I’ve ever tasted. Cherimoyas are soft and creamy and filling and I rarely find them in Germany so I have one every day here. I love them and I love having variety in the fruit I eat.

    Really even apples and oranges are a miracle but it’s easier not to take these for granted.

    I love how fruit makes me feel the basic generosity of the universe. They are just a gift from nature, taken without struggle. They feel like love.

  • sophia

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    October 2, 2023 at 5:23 am

    Gratitude challenge day 13

    Today I’m grateful for synchronicity. When things flow just perfectly and the world and my thoughts are in synch. When a sign in the outside world pops up to confirm a thought *just* when I have it. They’re often very useful but no matter the benefits I think my first reaction will always be childlike joy. It’s magic! Real magic!

  • sophia

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    October 2, 2023 at 5:25 am

    The figs from yesterday

  • sophia

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    October 3, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Gratitude challenge day #14

    Today I’m grateful for the joy of being, the experience of deep beauty and aliveness, deep peace and the felt-knowledge of everything being profoundly okay. This experience comes and goes due to cycles of my spirit and emotional body which I’m still learning to trust more. But in the last year it has kept coming back and it’s a massive, huge, unthinkably big dream come true. To really feel all this gratitude would make me cry and unfortunately I don’t really have the environment for that right now.

    (I feel to note that I cultivated this more with passion and determination than with self discipline. I’ve rarely been that consistent with formal meditation. I’m grateful for my trust in my inner intelligence/instinct taking me where I need to go).

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