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Counting Our Blessings

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Denise Funfar
Integrative Coach & Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
Counting our blessings, however small, can help to generate the positive emotions and energy required to keep going on our healing journey. Gratitude has been shown to have a positive impact on stress, sleep, pain, and depression to name a few.
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Appreciation & Gratitude
“There is nothing too small or insignificant to be appreciative of” Be grateful for even the littlest of things that we take for granted every day, like having a pencil to write with, or clothes to wear out, water to drink, or socks to warm your toes. Practice this daily, and accumulate these grateful moments like pennies in a piggy bank. Not every moment of gratitude will feel important on its own, but eventually, those small pennies add up to something significant and valuable.
Gold Coins
While on a healing journey ridding ourselves of negative emotions, it may be difficult to cultivate positive emotions. However, cultivating positive emotions are exactly what we need to help propel us on our journey. Just like with any practice, cultivating positive emotions is a process. But, once we cultivate and strengthen this muscle, we will gain new perspectives and opportunities in and around our life and thus, help propel us to keep going. In this wonderful meditation, we build up our wealth by placing gold coins in our well-being piggy bank. Following Denise’s guidance, I began placing gold coins in my well-being piggy bank. While walking this morning with my mom’s dog, Buffy, I was blessed with seeing a herd of deer, a unique cloud formation painted in pink from the rising sun, one of my favorite birds perched on top of a tree, a Robin and numerous other birds flying together in the sky. Seeing these ‘miracles’ cultivated such an array of positive emotions inside my heart. Thinking about things I was grateful for in the here and now, I thought about the quiet room I was in so I could listen to this beautiful meditation uninterrupted. I thought of the plush carpet my feet sank into. I thought about the comfortable bed I sat on. I thought about my breath. Visualizing these gold coins being placed in my well-being piggy bank, I filled myself with the wealth of gratitude. Indeed, today is going to be great! Because our brain is naturally hardwired to see the negative, cultivating positive emotions may seem difficult or perhaps even a little silly at first. Having said that, it can be done if we just open our eyes to what gold coins we already have. Appreciating what gold coins we already have will bring much wealth in the form of new opportunities that will help propel us to continue on our journey. Always growing, we won’t just be surviving our life, we will actually be thriving in life! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
Finding and saving pennies
I takes me a while to appreciate the blessings that surround me. There could be so much but there’s an inertia that seems to readily recognize blessings. I have to work on that. Day by day. And for that I’m thankful - I have Today.
I learned that it’s just the small things to be thankful for!!!
There are a lot of things in my life that I’ve been under appreciating. I would like to give love and gratitude to myself, who’s been thru a lot to be here, today ♥️
Grateful for the little things
I think that if you can be grateful for all the little things in your life it is almost hard to be unhappy. Good reflection!
This was so nice. Counting my blessings. Right before I go to bed. Thinking of all the abundance in my life. I'm grateful every day for it all.