Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.
Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
This is the 4th in a series as we explore the 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living as found in the research of Brené Brown.
These are intentionally designed as simple, direct, two-minute reads that I hope bring you insight, value, and immediately practical application. Given the current state of the world and the unease that you may be experiencing as a result, I hope you find this timely. And at a minimum, I hope you find them food for thought.
Guidepost 4 Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
|In this unprecedented time of social distancing and a health pandemic, we certainly have a reason to live with a scarcity mindset and fear of what is to come. It magnifies the scarcity culture we seem to live in naturally. A culture in which there is never enough ________: certainty, safety, money, sleep, time, sex, food, exercise, profits, etc. Living with a scarcity mindset, without a practice of gratitude robs us of our ability to feel joy. To be grateful and experience the feeling of “enough” demands us to make a shift in our mindset, a mindset of sufficiency, practicing the ability to be grateful and be satisfied with what you do have. Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness. It is the act of acknowledging that there are good things in the world that have been given to us or have happened to us. When we are truly grateful for something (or someone) our brains reward us by giving us a natural high. Because this feeling is so good, we are motivated to feel it again and become more inclined to give thanks, and also to do good for others.
In the spirit of gratitude, know that I am grateful for the space to share these monthly guideposts with you and appreciate your wholehearted connection with me! I hope that each Guidepost nudges you towards a new way of thinking, being, seeing and embracing.
Here are a few suggestions to start a practice of gratitude:
Having a gratitude practice will help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Super powerful! I invite you to give it a try.
Join me next month for Guidepost 5: Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith – Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
And if you feel the need to connect, please reach out.