I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude over the past few days. The idea of being grateful seems so easy-make a list of things you are thankful for and call it a day. Though, I think the real power of this notion resides in the ability to pull this list out when you are facing an obstacle or difficult situation in the following day or even month. Recalling the thin silver lining within all the dark clouds is definitely not an easy task. It’s one I struggle with when I begin to lose my patience or feel like I cannot speak my truth.

I have begun to get into the habit of writing down three things I am grateful for at the end of each day and begin a collection of good thoughts, despite how terrible the day may of been. In the beginning, I wrote mostly materialistic things, those that came first to mind. But as the days have progressed, they have become more spiritual and aerial-less focused on “things”. I have tried to pair these ideas with affirmations to repeat throughout the day. One that I have always found particularly meaningful is “I am a radiant being filled with light and love.”