Gratitude with a Twist

November 27, 2013 | 16 Comments »

gratitude and thankfulness in law of attractionSeems like Thanksgiving is a holiday made especially for deliberate creators, since we excel at the appreciation vibe.

In fact, let’s have a little thankfulness work out right now, just to show how good we are at this stuff.

Play with the nine questions below to help stretch your gratitude muscle.

(Answer privately if you prefer or share in the comments so we can love up life right along with you …)

Let’s begin with a gratitude warm up:

1. What’s going right in your life right now? 

This is an easy one.  Any answer will do, however big or small.

Mine: that my peace & quiet in the neighborhood spell worked!  The home builders next door either finished or took the day off!

What’s yours?  Anything at all will get the gratitude energy flowing!

(For real, name yours.  Even if it’s just to yourself right now.  This post will be a bit pointless if you don’t play along.)

Okay, now that you’re warmed up, let’s have fun stretching your muscles with these appreciation-instigators from the past:

2. What’s the first thing (or person) you remember loving or appreciating?

Take a nice minute to find your favorite answer.

Mine: the kitten Oma gave me when I asked her for a red cat.  (Thanks, Mom, for letting me have a cat!)

Hope you found some fun memories with that question.  :)

3. Next up … recall something from your youth that made you feel especially loved or special.

If you can’t think of one, you get to create a new memory for yourself by making one up.

Mine: when dad sang to us before bedtime with his guitar.  Could be where my extreme fondness for Beatles songs comes from.

How about one from our recent past …

4. What was the last time you said “I love you” and really meant it (not just out of habit)?

I hope you have lots of recent answers to this one.  If not, time to get more conscious and vocal about your love and appreciation!

Mine: this morning to Anna when she emailed me about a typo on the Path to Abundance page.  (I love it when someone kindly points out an error that wants fixing.)

Okay, now we’ve got the thankfulness juices flowing – let’s switch it up a bit …

5. Name the most unusual thing you’re grateful for.

Mine: I’ve admitted this before – I love the smell of my dog’s farts.  I know how strange that sounds.  I also like the smell of skunks.  And cat breath.

6. What’s a thing you appreciate tremendously, but tend to take for granted?  Take a moment to love it consciously again now.

Mine: being an American.  Watching Captain Phillips gave me a renewed awareness about what it means to be a citizen of the U.S.

Okay, we’re on a roll now!  Let’s keep this vibe going …

7. Think of your favorite dream come true that’s manifested.  That’ll be a fun one to recall.

Mine: not sure I can narrow it to one favorite thing, but I absolutely LOVE working from home, in deliberate creation, with fabulous folks like you, with all my dogs and cats nearby.  Heaven!

How about some crystal ball appreciation next …

8. What would you love to be giving thanks for a year from now?

This is a good one not just to identify, but to actually practicing giving thanks for in advance.  Like it’s already done.

(Way to prep yourself for a great year!)

Mine: another fabulous year with my smelly best friend Joe.  (I love that dog!)  And celebrating a 46 year old body that looks and feels better than ever before.

Nicely done.  Okay, this next one is for the expert appreciators …

9. Name something you love about your latest bit of contrast.

Meaning, in looking at your latest “problem,” what can you love about it?

Mine: my super fun law suit is helping me know just how strong I am, and also helping me build huge manifesting muscles!

And possibly the most powerful way to flow appreciation (this one’s #10 for extra credit):

10. Name five things fast that you love about yourself.

That one, I particularly would love to hear from you on.  :)

If you’re a GVU member you can hear the conversation between Nancy, Anna, Annette and I on today’s gratitude call.

Hope you enjoyed this Appreciation Work Out!  For those of you celebrating the holiday tomorrow, happy Thanksgiving.

For other thanksgiving support resources here at the blog, try:

The Art of Enjoying Thanksgiving
The Power of Ingratitude
Going way back in the archives for my uncommon gratitude post

To all my conscious creating friends across the globe, I just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for being part of my world, thank you for contributing to your manifesting skills, expertise, thoughts and wisdom here at the blog, and thank you for raising the vibration of the planet by being one who focuses on the good stuff.

Big love to you!

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Jeannette Maw is the LOA party host at Good Vibe U and co-founder of Good Vibe Astrology. Subscribe to her Good Vibe newsletter here. Connect on Google+.

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16 Responses to “ Gratitude with a Twist ”

  1. Jaime Chambers on November 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you SO much for doing this!! It was the greatest help… I am relatively an infant in learning about this but I simply adore Abraham and I love Law of Attraction and I love taking baby steps and figuring out what feels good but sometimes, it’s hard to just get the ball rolling so I’m really glad you take your time and help us who aren’t as in the vortex as you are (yet!!) but trying the best we can. I appreciate you sharing this immense blessing. And may I add, I would have never pegged you anywhere near forty, my dear. Thank you for uplifting my spirit and helping me. Much love, light, and appreciation. THANK YOU!!! May your blessings be multiple. <3

  2. Good Vibe Coach on November 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    It is a nice ticket in to the vortex to find our own answers to these questions, isn’t it, Jaime? Thanks for playing along!

    And thanks for the compliment! (It is an old picture, but I love it every time someone tells me I look the same.)

    Here’s to engaging regular appreciation “work outs” all year long!

  3. Anonymous on November 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Thank you Jeannette for being a beacon of Goodness and Humour and Generosity, for talking the talk and walking the walk and never for a second making us feel like you have reached Perfection but showing us how much Fun can be had along the way!;o)

  4. GorgeouSophie on November 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I am not bloody anonymous, I am GorgeouSophie!

  5. Good Vibe Coach on November 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

    How sweet are you, GorgeouSophie! Thanks for that! And for posting your proper ID so we can see your gorgeouSmile.
    :)

  6. Susann on November 28, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this! But, Jeannette — dog farts?? I do love the smell of a sleeping cat’s feet, I’ll admit. And puppies. And a man’s skin when he’s been out in the sun and is sweaty & hot (not stinky sweaty, just clean sweaty). And I just realized, doing this, that something I appreciate like mad but take for granted much of the time (and am always astonished all over again when it works, & it works a lot)is LOA! Which is really weird. I’m Canadian & we had Thanksgiving weeks ago, so I also appreciate this opportunity to think about it all over again.

    So thanks, Jeanette! [But seriously -- dog farts???]

  7. […] you need some more ways to get in the spirit, check out Jeannette Maw’s Gratitude with a Twist post for a great thankfulness […]

  8. Good Vibe Coach on November 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    That’s a good one, Susann! (Loving LOA) And the smell of puppies can very possibly be one of the best ever. Puppy breath in particular. Omgosh.

    Thanks for taking us there!!

  9. NikkiV on November 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

    1. What’s going right in your life right now?

    I’m involved with a wonderful man and I’m so grateful for him.

    2. What’s the first thing (or person) you remember loving or appreciating?

    My Grandfather, some of my first memories are sitting on his lap telling him I wanted to marry him when I grew up. He was a very great man.

    3. Next up … recall something from your youth that made you feel especially loved or special.

    Aunt Joni taking me to the circuis for my 13th birthday and sleeping over at her apartment for the first time. I loved that.

    And one from the recent past as well … Hmm … The massage my significant other gave me Wedensday night because I was tired and sore.

    4. What was the last time you said “I love you” and really meant it (not just out of habit)?

    When I left Bobbi Jo’s house Wednesday I told her and when I spoke to my parents yesterday I told them and when I look at my significant other I think it. I mean it whenever I say and think it.

    5. Name the most unusual thing you’re grateful for.

    I’m grateful for my ex husband, because I wouldn’t be in Las Vegas and loving my life so much if I hadn’t taken a chance and married him. I would still be in NY, unhappy, cold. Even though the relationship was a flop, my life has propered coming out here.

    6. What’s a thing you appreciate tremendously, but tend to take for granted? Take a moment to love it consciously again now.

    Electricity, running water, heat, air conditioning … the unseen utilities that we use daily and don’t think often of how grateful we are to have them.

    7. Think of your favorite dream come true that’s manifested. That’ll be a fun one to recall.

    Living in the desert … driving a Mini Cooper … meeting the man of my dreams … Those are a few of my favorite things.

    8. What would you love to be giving thanks for a year from now?

    This is a good one not just to identify, but to actually practicing giving thanks for in advance. Like it’s already done.

    Financial prosperity, a savings account, a retirement fund, living in my own home and a loving husband.

    9. Name something you love about your latest bit of contrast.

    opportunities for growth at work show me it is time to strike out on my own.

    10. Name five things fast that you love about yourself.

    1: My eyes
    2: My optimism
    3: My Health
    4: My strenght
    5: My ability to grow

    This was a wonderful way to start the morning after Thanksgiving. Thank you. Your answer to #5 made me laugh. I love your blog!

  10. Good Vibe Coach on November 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

    What a sweet list, NikkiV!! I really like how you roll.

    Thanks for sharing your good vibes with us here! :)

  11. MissMiaow on November 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

    #1 I am doing Yoga everyday, and doing a 1 year certification to practice Astrology. I feel like my muscles, my heart and my knowledge are expanding!

    #2 My mother, she gave me so much love.

    #3My 3 younger brothers looking up to me like I was the coolest thing the world. Wanting me to draw ”tattoos” on them.

    #4 To my boyfriend this morning

    #5 The realization that I am free.

    #6 Nature, good spring water

    #7 Doing Yoga, studying Astrology and living on my own

    #8 Being really flexible in body and in mind. Working has an Astrologer.

    #9 Not having found roots anywhere, moving from place to place makes me feel at home everywhere. Finding stillness in movement.

    #10
    1-my body
    2-my sense of smell
    3-my karisma
    4-my cooking skills
    5-my hair

  12. Good Vibe Coach on November 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    MissMiaow, it is so nice to step inside your shoes for a minute. Thanks for sharing your fabulous appreciation work out here!
    :)

  13. Julie Bernstein Engelmann on December 2, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I’m just going to post a few of my answers.

    3. Something from your youth that made you feel especially loved or special.

    My dad (who was always at work and had never taken time for anything like this before) for my 10th birthday took me to a clothes store and let me pick out a dress. I remember it vividly, purple plaid on the diagonal, with a ruffle at the bottom that disguised the fact that it was actually culottes. I wore it for as long as possible before admitting I’d outgrown it.

    And one from the recent past as well

    On Thanksgiving morning, my son (who is autistic and not inclined to initiate emotional commentary) came into the kitchen where I was cooking and said, “You know how we’re pretty laid back in this house? Like, we all do what we want? Well, today feels especially laid back. That’s really good.”

    7. Think of your favorite dream come true that’s manifested.

    Oh, I have so many! One of the most delightful was that I happened to see my very favorite composer/musician of all time, Bruce Mitchell, on Facebook. I sent him a note about how much I love his music and that we played it for our wedding and used it for our on-hold music for our mail order business and played it in our store for years. I also mentioned I was an artist. He wrote back and asked me to paint the cover for his next album! And since then we’ve become really close friends, and I’ve done a second album cover for him as well.
    Another dream come true is that I got my dream of a retrospective art exhibit in a museum way sooner than I could ever have imagined possible.

    10. Name five things fast that you love about yourself.

    My curly hair, my enthusiasm, my love of life, my smarts, and my paying attention.
    What’s funny is, because you had me down memory lane and you said to name them fast and it’s late and I’m delirious, these were all qualities said from my kid self skipping down the street! But then I checked them and decided they are just as good and true for my adult self. I never would have thought of appreciating my curly hair, but now that she mentioned it, that’s a good point!

    Thanks for these interesting questions, Jeannette. I had some profound memories and insights from them!

  14. Self-Love Catalyst on December 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Thanks Jeannette! I had so much fun playing with this list. I could feel the vibe amping. I’m thankful for you!

  15. Elizabeth on December 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I loved this. I feel so full of gratitude right now.

    p.s. I loved your dog fart one. I always tell Atlas that he’s lucky he lives with me, because I think he smells like an angel, even as everyone else is moaning and groaning around me when he farts. Hehehe.

  16. Sasha on December 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    1. Fun
    2. Kind
    3. Creative
    4. Adventurous
    5. Passionate

    Thank you so much for being an amazing influence on my life!

    xx

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