I know a lot of people who read this blog are creative-minded souls. Hopefully, you’re flourishing in your creativity, but let’s face it. Sometimes the ideas are stagnant and the creative flow runs dry. Expressing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to open up our hearts and minds allowing us to overcome creative blocks.
Here are some ways that I invite creativity into my life through acts of gratitude. Feel free to steal my ideas for yourself or come up with your own.
Find Gratitude in Nature
Nature is a gift. It’s something that surrounds us and can provide a setting of reflection and peace. If you’re a nature-lover, take an hour or two out of your week to explore a trail near you. Head out on the water for a quick jaunt across a lake on a kayak, or just sit in the grass in your backyard, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds that surround and say, Thank you for this day.
Put It in Writing
The written word has always been a powerful force for me. Writing words of thanks in a notebook can be soul opening. Sometimes we’re grateful for things that we don’t know how to express in person. We’re insecure about speaking thankfulness to another. We may not have a particular person we want to thank. Put your thoughts of gratitude in a notebook each night and watch the pages become littered with ink. This is a visual reminder of how much you have to be thankful of right now.
Perform an Act of Service
Giving a small portion of your time to others should never be underestimated. However, I urge caution with this expression of gratitude. So often we perform acts of service because we feel obligated or coerced. Choose a service project that speaks to your spirit and is something that makes you feel whole instead of hurried and deflated.
Gratitude is gentle appreciation, not an act of soul depletion. There is nothing wrong with doing things that make you happy while serving others.
So often we’re out of our minds, and I don’t mean in the sense of crazy. Although, with packed schedules and expectation after expectation, sometimes we do walk around looking a little harried. That’s why it’s important to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness comes in many forms: meditation, prayer, running, yoga, etc. I practice yoga not only to build a stronger body, but to develop a stronger sense of self-awareness. To invite people and manifest circumstances into my life that make me a better person. To express gratitude on deeper level.
Say Thank You Often
Obviously, the easiest way to practice gratitude is to say thank you often. Everyday open your heart to the universe and say thank you for the little things as well as the big. When you radiate gratitude, you’ll find that your interactions with others are more meaningful and you’ll invite more love into your life.
In closing, may I say thank you for letting me share my feelings with you and giving me the opportunity to steal a few moments from your day. May you radiate gratitude today.