When I was being Rosicrucian, I gleaned wisdom that “The blessings already are”, which prompted me to begin a gratitude journal. The power and wisdom contained in this simple statement will guide you across current troubled waters in your life.
In 12-Step Study Groups – Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alanon, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – members are encouraged to keep a Daily Gratitude list. They use this valuable tool to dig out past resentments and suppressed anger, with an aim to develop an “Attitude of Gratitude”.
If you feel like you’re spinning in negative space, now is the correct time to begin your gratitude journal. If you will open yourself to the possibility, your gratitude journal will serve as a True North, ever guiding you nearer to inner-peace.
I’m not certain anyone knows how an attitude of gratitude works; suffice to say good things will gravitate to us, like magic. The more we appreciate what we have, the higher our energy accelerates.
Principles of the Gratitude Journal
In other types of journaling we’ve explored, I’ve assured you there are no rules to journal keeping. However, keeping a Gratitude Journal calls for a few guiding principles.
1. Go shopping for an important blank book for recording daily gratitude. To give you a starting point, mine is a burgundy leather 3-ring notebook, with 6 ½ by 9″ lined pages.
2. Go into silence. Pay particular attention to the details. Pick up several blank books – How do they feel? Does one particular journal seem to call your name?
3. If you don’t already own a dedicated pen for journaling, this is a perfect time to select one. Do you prefer a colored ink, such as the purple that I use?
4. When your materials are ready, the next guiding principal of gratitude journaling is to list five things you are grateful for every day. In other genres of journaling, we only write when inspired. For the gratitude journal to effectively work, it’s non-negotiable to journal daily.
5. On the days you simply don’t feel like it or can’t think of any blessings, don’t resort to cardboard generalities like – “I’m thankful for my family.” Of course you are! During times like these, reinforce the Rosicrucian belief that “The blessings already are” by writing it five times.
Beginning your Gratitude Journal
In its own perfect time, your gratitude journal practice will change your sub-consciousness from an “I want” mentality to one of “Thank you for what I have”. You will stop buying things you can’t afford and quit focusing on lack and limitation. When you surrender the desire for material things, your new eyes will open to see life for what it is. You will be grateful for the abundance you have. At this point, you will know a contentment, inner-peace and joy like you have never experienced.
Now, please turn to the first page of your very important journal. Write the date at top of page and note: “The blessings already are.” (Keep in constant awareness that we list five specific blessings daily.)
Pause for a few moments. Take mental inventory of the day to focus on blessings you experienced. If you’re a beginner with the gratitude attitude, let me guide your specific daily gratitude inventory:
Did a friend or co-worker lend you a book you’ve always wanted to read?
Did a kind motorist stop and motion you to turn left when the traffic was crawling?
Did you receive an unexpected, but sincere compliment?
Did someone invite you to lunch and pay for it?
Did you receive an answer to a question you’ve wrestled with “out of the blue”?
As you begin listing five specific blessings, let your sub-consciousness direct your pen and let the blessings flow.
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