Monthly Mantra: I’m Grateful to be Me
Spring is the season for growth and change. Animals begin to emerge from hibernation, flowers bloom, and birds build their nests to accommodate their growing families. It’s the perfect time to climb out of your dark, winter cave and embrace gratitude for all that you are and from the inside out.
We often confuse gratitude as an external recognition of thankfulness for everything around us. Yet, gratitude isn’t just about being outwardly thankful or showing appreciation to others. Gratitude starts with you.
“I’m grateful for all that I am, all that I may have been and all that I am yet to be.”
See the beauty of who you are and be thankful for it
With social media connections and outside pressures, it’s easy to lean into negativity and comparing yourself to others. Our brains rummage through all the worst case scenarios and showcases all the ways we aren’t enough. You are the only one that can make the decision to be grateful or miserable. No one else can change your thought patterns or how you see yourself. Learn to be grateful for all that you have been, all that you are now and all that you may be.
Train Your Brain
Gratitude is similar to a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. Our thoughts and words shape how we see ourselves and how we show up in the world. If you’re constantly berating yourself, how will you ever see your gifts? When we speak negativity about ourselves, we begin to morph into those exact things. Same thing is true with positive self-talk. You are the only one that can choose which thoughts to think about and which not to follow.
How many times during a normal day do you criticize yourself?
Did you forget something?
Were you late for an appointment?
Did you fail to communicate something clearly to someone else?
Did you give into temptation and eat an entire pint of ice cream?
Did you procrastinate and not finish a task or project?
Were you impatient or short with someone?
Now, how many times during a normal day do you praise yourself?
Did you remember to do something?
Were you on time?
Did you have a meaningful conversation with someone about something?
Did you avoid a late night binge?
Were you caring and loving with someone?
Did you complete a task or project?
5 Daily Gratitude Practices
Think about and talk about your blessings more than your problems
Each season serves a purpose; Appreciate where you are on your journey
Guilt doesn’t change the past; Anxiety can not change the future. Focus on what you can control.
Write your monthly mantra on your bathroom mirror or on a post-it and carry it with you throughout the day
Begin and end each day with a grateful heart.
Repeat your gratitude mantra both verbally and internally. It’s fun to even create your own catchy silly mantra song! This repetition resonates and changes how you see yourself. A shift happens where your negative self-talk gets pushed aside by your positive words; instead of the other way around. It’s like the end of a thunderstorm, where the clouds disintegrate and the sky is clear and bright blue.
As soon as my mind switches from only seeing what I don’t like about myself to what I appreciate about who I am, my negative thoughts begin to dissolve.
This meditation is a great practice for either right before bed or when you wake up in the morning.
Begin with a few moments of quiet stillness. As you connect with your breath, breathe in gratitude and fill your heart space with appreciation and love. As you exhale, imagine any negative thoughts flow out of your body. Picture each negative thought dissolve into dust and watch the breeze carry them far away.
Once your heart space is filled with love and appreciation, take time to name at least four things you are grateful for about yourself.
As you inhale, envision what makes you you. Avoid overcomplicating or allowing any negativity to cloud your thoughts.
Start with your physical body, since it can be easier to see and appreciate, then move inside to who and what you’re thankful for.
I am grateful for my feet; they support me all day long.
I am grateful for my legs; they carry me place to place.
I am grateful for my willpower.
I am grateful for my creativity.
I am grateful for my mistakes and that I can learn
and grow from every experience.
I am grateful for my ability to laugh at myself.
I’m grateful for my safety and well-being.
I’m grateful for my health.
Once you have those grateful thoughts about yourself, write them down and carry them with you throughout your day.
The appreciation of who you are at your very center is always within your reach. Take the time to invest in yourself. It’s one of the only investments with limitless potential!
About Adrienne Smith...
Adrienne started practicing yoga when she was working in the corporate world. She traveled constantly and always looked for ways to keep healthy and active while on the road. After completing her RYT-200 Power Yoga Teacher Training she was hooked! She completed her RCYT-95 as well as her RYT-500 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. A mother of two girls, Adrienne has dedicated her time to deepening her practice and connecting with her students (especially families & kids!) on ways to allow their yoga experience to ripple into all aspects of their lives. Throughout Adrienne’s trainings, her passion has led her to co-found FamilyFlow Yoga®️. FamilyFlow Yoga®️is one of four accredited schools in Illinois to offer a 95 Hour Registered Yoga Alliance Children’s Yoga Teacher Training program. Adrienne teaches in yoga studios, fitness clubs, boutique studios, as well as in school and after school yoga programs. FamilyFlow Yoga®️ has become an expert in offering continuing education programs and workshop for yoga instructors as well as schools’ staff and administrations. She's committed to helping people reach their full potential both physically, mentally and emotionally.