Welcome to Money Mondays. Last week, I decided to do a 7-day focus on gratitude—a personalized Gratitude Week! I did this to play with techniques that we’ll be using in an online group I’m offering this May on “Self-Forgiveness and Money”. Gratitude is an excellent tool to cultivate abundance and open to receiving the blessings in life.
I did a different theme each day—-it was so much fun! Here are the 7 themes:
Gratitude for myself
Gratitude for the moment
Gratitude for accepting what is
Gratitude for the little things
Gratitude for the people I don’t want to be grateful for 🙂
Gratitude for taking one step
Gratitude for loving relationships
What a cool list, right? One of the biggest things that I learned when I did this is how gratitude helped me to slow down….to be grateful for myself and for this moment…and to come present to HERE and NOW.
The day where I was grateful for “taking one step”, I went to Santa Barbara on the spur of the moment. I had so much I wanted to do, and my heart said to go. The person who asked me is really important to me, and we spent quality time together. Funny enough, I ended up getting a lot done that day as well.
Here’s a quote I focused on + a photo I took during the week…..talk about gratitude.
For this coming week, I thought about how great it would be to extend this focus on gratitude. To really give myself space to integrate and receive the blessings that come with being grateful.
This made me think of a quote by a spiritual mentor, John-Roger:
To receive, you must be active. You will receive in direct proportion to your clarity of vision, your definiteness of purpose, the steadiness of your faith, and the depth of your gratitude.
Notwithstanding my great Santa Barbara trip last week, I realized how often I am thinking about what I need to do instead of being present, or feeling a push to “accomplish something” right away.
That often takes me out of my gratitude.
And, when I do this, I see now that I’m blocking myself from receiving and opening to abundance and the formlessness of endless supply. How can I listen to and receive the gifts available here and now if I’m not present, or worrying?
This week, I plan to put white space in my calendar to deeply receive. To take a walk….to connect with someone that I love….to continue practicing gratitude….and to ask Spirit for help with what I want to create. And, to take the time to listen, and forgive.
So for this Money Mondays, how about putting a date with yourself to practice gratitude and open to receive the blessings of this—however that looks for you. I’d love to hear what you come up with!
And, if you notice judgments coming up, here are a few keys that you can use to forgive:
Forgiveness starts inside.
It’s a practice of letting go of right and wrong.
Focus on Self-forgiveness, or forgiving the judgment rather than the behavior:
“I forgive myself for judging myself for/as…”
“I forgive myself for judging others for/as…”
One of the greatest gifts of forgiveness is that you don’t need to know how to do it. Simply be willing to receive.
Let me know how it goes for you. Blessings to all.
If you have a project that you want to work on, or if you’re simply curious and want to learn more about Self-forgiveness and Money, I invite you to reach out to me. We can talk about what you want and what’s blocking you from creating that—and how forgiveness can help.
Whether or not you do the group (either is fine!), we’ll have a great adventure.
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