Day Twenty-five


Appreciation Meditation with Elise Bialylew

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

Through focusing on what we can be grateful for, 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. 

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.

The 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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