Day Twenty-three

Growing Gratitude

Appreciating the good in your life


Sacha Stewart is a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, qualified Kinesiologist, Mind Body Medicine Practitioner and Wellness Coach, running regular classes within Melbourne, including Happy Melon Studios and A-Space. She facilitates workshops for corporate businesses, creating programs for them to increase their teams wellbeing, and bring mindfulness into their daily lives. In addition she leads small groups, and private 1:1 classes for personal growth and development. She is accredited by Meditation Association of Australia.

Sacha is a teacher at Happy Melon Studios.

Get the mind right, the body will follow.

We believe mindfulness, movement and meditation is the key to living a happy and fulfilling life. Meditation and Mindfulness combine to form the foundation of Happy Melon. Simple mindfulness techniques, when practiced daily, have the power to transform our mental and physical wellbeing and positively impact the wider community. Join us for a complimentary meditation class in studio during the month of may to improve focus, enhance clarity, increase connectivity and reduce stress. Email [email protected] to claim your free meditation.

Cultivating Gratitude

While projecting into the future is a powerful way to consciously move our lives towards fulfilment, it’s important to notice the things in our lives that already bring us joy.

Mindfulness helps us pay deeper attention to the ordinary ‘miracles’ in our lives that we so often take for granted.

As we recognise the goodness and beauty that already fill our lives, through regularly acknowledging the good, we build new neural pathways that incline the mind towards the positive aspects of our existence.

A study by Dr Joshua Brown, professor of psychological brain sciences at Indiana University, looked at the benefits of gratitude for three hundred students who were receiving counselling for depression or anxiety. The students were divided into three groups, the first writing a weekly letter of gratitude to another person (most participants didn’t actually send it); the second writing about their negative feelings and experiences; and the third serving as a control group who did no writing activity. Both one month and three months after the writing exercise ended, those who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health than either of the other groups.

Gratitude isn’t about denying the challenges or suffering in life. It’s about amplifying the goodness that is already there by simply noticing it more consciously.

We can spend so much of our lives missing the many miracles that are present, even while we face challenges. We can so easily become imprisoned by unproductive thinking patterns and self limiting beliefs. As you’ve probably noticed in your meditation practice, it’s so easy to get absorbed and carried away by our own stories and inner narratives.

Although our thoughts can feel so compelling, meditation helps us recognise when we are lost in thinking, challenge the truth of our thoughts, and find more freedom from the inner chatter.

Next time you’re feeling tension or stress ask yourself “what can I let go of in this moment to make things feel a little easier for myself”.

What thoughts, expectations, attitudes or beliefs could you let go of that would support your wellbeing and happiness?

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