Something crazy happened when I gave up gratitude for a week…

Just to prove all this stuff to myself, and you, I gave up gratitude for a week. What I mean by this is that I stopped writing my daily blessings, I didn’t practice mindfulness through meditation or yoga, and I wasn’t observing my thoughts as closely as usual… you know, just to see what happened.  And it really didn’t go well at all.

I actually got sick.

That’s right. For the first time since I started all of this mindful, appreciation and gratitude stuff- I came down with something. It was like my body lost its protective layer of light, and I was dimmed in every way.

And then it got worse, because I got tired… and everybody knows I can’t get anything done when I’m tired. I had no energy for exercise, or anything productive for that matter.

And then it got even worse. Usually, my mind is brimming with ideas, not strictly writing inspiration but ideas about life in general- aspirations, hopes, creative answers to problems. This week though, I wasn’t struck by any inspirational bolts of lightning at all. It was unnerving, like my brain was full but instead of the usual pot of positivity, it was more like a simmering stew of old socks. I also felt the creeping fingertips of anxiety on the outskirts of my mind too… that’s when I knew it was time to rein it in.

Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep I used a mantra. I repeated it over and over in my mind.

Thank you for my good health. Thank you for my good health. Thank you for my good health.

And what do you know- today I am well and truly on the mend. In an effort to counteract the last few days of pretty dismal mind, body and soul conditions, I wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to the universe for the many things I am grateful for in my life, I spared 20 minutes of Netflix time to practice yoga instead, I used each stroke in the swimming pool as a rhythm for the most important words of my lifetime- thank- you- thank- you- thank- you, and gave myself a quiet meditative few minutes to give the hardware up top a good clean.

So just to recap, I recovered spiritually, physically and mentally overnight. And of course, out of nowhere I had the necessary inspiration and motivation to write this blog post.

So after a pretty hellish week, I’m ready to kick ass again- all in the name of gratitude.

And lovely readers, I implore you to do the same.

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