The Gift of Time
Today I am grateful for the Gift of Time. Time to be introspective. Time to focus on this amazing Gratitude practice. Time to share it with others. I’m only on Day 7, but the blessings are already coming into my circle of awareness.
I have been journaling my experience of this 28 Day Gratitude Practice on Facebook, and some people asked if I would guide them along in the process, too. So I created a Facebook Group for the 28 Day Gratitude Practice, and invited them and a few other like-minded friends to join together and ring in this New Year with joy. It’s only been up for a few hours, but I am grateful for the positive response. At last count over 80 people have joined in. I will post the daily practice as outlined in “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne, along with my personal practice journal entries. Group members are invited to post their experiences and thoughts, too. It will be available there to remember and renew the practice of gratitude whenever needed.
28 Day Gratitude Practice: Day 7, Counting My Blessings
- Today I am grateful for serendipitous synchronicities… those things that just seem to show up when and where they are needed.Three days ago I took time out of a busy day to watch and take notes on a Robbins Madanes Training video, where a coach was coached on how to enroll clients. There were several specific points that stood out to me. Two days later I received a request for business coaching… and serendipitously, I knew just how to respond.
That same day, my daughter was asked by her employer to do free-lance coaching/tutoring for one of his counseling clients to specifically help her through the fearful task of filing her taxes and managing her money. My daughter is well qualified to do so and was honored to accept, but unsure about how to structure the process. I read her the notes I took from the video and how I responded to the request for coaching that came to me… it was perfect for her needs, too. Oh yes, I love serendipitous synchronicities.
2. I am grateful for great friends and family who reach out in small ways to lift, inspire, and encourage me, and each other, along this path of purpose.
3. I am grateful for the sacred spiritual gifts that God imparts to human hearts… that we are each empowered with the abilities we need to create in our lives, that which we truly seek.
4. I am grateful for the gift of time. Time gives a semblance of structure and organization to our world. Time gives us a context within with to celebrate accomplishments and special days…
5. I am grateful for circles, for their inclusiveness.
6. I am grateful for squares, for their symmetry. So I can experience “stepping out of the box”.
7. I am grateful for randomness. Randomness allows variety and sparks creativity.
8. I am grateful for the law of gravity. So I can experience connectedness and ground with Mother Earth.
9. I am grateful for the sky. I always have something to look up to.
10. I am grateful for music. Music is art + math + science rolled together. Beautiful music brings order to my mind, calmness to my body, and peace to my spirit.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
It is done, It is done, It is done.
Jo Lyn Cornelsen
Feeling Fully Alive
Today I take the liberty of ignoring the SEO guidelines for a blog post. Google tells me this is too short, too hard to read, lacks one character in the title, yada, yada, yada.
What it does contain is how I feel this morning, which is what’s important to me.
It is a great day to be alive. And to be me. Thank you for listening.
DAY 6 Counting My Blessings
- The ability to read
- An awareness of laws of the universe and how things work
- The ability to use my imagination to visualize new scenarios.
- The ability to experience passion, energy and motivation.
- Divine spirit
- The ability to combine education, knowledge, imagination, emotion and inspiration to connect, to create stories, to strategize, to enjoy adventures, to perceive beauty and order, and to feel fully alive.
Receiving Gifts: The Blessings of Gratitude
I felt a bit frazzled by a demanding schedule early in my day, so I didn’t take the time to focus on counting my blessings this morning. I felt slightly discouraged, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to complete the whole 28 days as planned. But the universe had a different experience in mind for me.
During the course of this very day, I found myself constantly receiving gifts, freely given. I noticed them only because I have been cultivating an attitude of gratitude. They came in present moments… quietly, unobtrusively…
Here are my 10 blessings from today, day five of my 28 Day Gratitude Practice.
Receiving Gifts in Gratitude
1. I received the gift of free admission to an online Spiritual Mastery course.
2. I received another installment of payment from one of my clients. I do love working with my clients, creating the results they are looking for, and receiving their thanks. It’s win win.
3. I received the benefit of working independently when I exercised my freedom to change my schedule as needed.
4. I received one-on-one coaching in how to use a powerful online budgeting app. As I get better at using it, I am empowered for regular money management and future purchases. This is a big change for me, but I am beginning to find it fun!
5. I received two good books by great authors. Sweet.
6. I received an increase in gratitude for technology, especially including the internet and my computer, which allow me to reach out far beyond my tiny life and touch the lives of others.
7. I received kind expert advice from a professional… that helped me make a good decision
8. I received increased insight about myself, how my brain works, and what thought habit patterns are ready to be changed.
9. I received increased awareness that so many of my family and friends are like-minded people who care deeply about each other and about approaching daily life from an inspired perspective. They inspire me.
10. As my gratitude practice continues, I am again struck by the notion that we are God’s toddlers. A little wobbly sometimes, but we contain a full measure of divine attributes that we can develop.
Gratitude is magnetic. The more gratitude we show, the more blessings show up for us to receive. All we have to do is allow them in.
Thank you, it is done, it is done, it is done.
The Gift of Health
The Gift of Health: Magical Health Practice
“On a piece of paper or a card, write the words,
‘The Gift of Health is Keeping Me Alive.’
Place your piece of paper with your written words where you know you will see it often today.
On at least four occasions, read the words very slowly, and feel as grateful as you can for the precious gift of health.”
This is day 4 of my 28 Day Gratitude Practice, inspired by “The Magic”, by Rhonda Bryne.
I find I am seeing things differently already…
These new, more positive perspectives are magnetic.
I am excited to see what today brings.
May you be blessed with an extra measure of the Gift of Health.
In this Morning Exercise for Day 4 of my 28 Day Gratitude Practice, in counting my blessings, I discover I am extremely grateful that I can feel Divine Love.
10 things I am grateful for today.
1. An increase in Divine Connection as the Spirit witnesses quietly to me when I am in alignment with truth. This is just one example of infinite, Divine Love. I felt it in great measure yesterday in church, after braving the icy roads to attend. The simple act of attending a church service with the intent to connect with God seems to be like a reset button – clearing away the cares of the past week and bringing balance and renewed energy for the next.
2. Gratitude for the beautiful souls and constant kindnesses of the people in my life.
3. Birds playing in the snow. They remind me that live continues, whatever the season we are in.
4. The crisp stillness of cold winter air…
5. Ginger Cookies – gluten free, of course.
6. Grandma’s “Christmas Drink” recipe – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves in a blend of Apple Cider, Orange Juice, and Lemonaide mixed well and warmed with fond memories of Winters Past…
7. Electric appliances like clothes washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves and more… these modern conveniences afford me the time luxury of being introspective.
8. Beauty, symmetry, variety and randomness.
9. Music. There’s always a song in my head and in my heart…
10. Hope. Hope that today will be a beautiful day, inside and out. Hope for more soul satisfying experiences and a continuation of Divine Love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It is done, it is done, it is done.
Jo Lyn Cornelsen
Appreciation for My Physical Body
DAY 3 of My 28 Day Gratitude Practice: Counting My Blessings.
Today I am consciously aware and grateful for my appreciation for my physical body, and how it empowers me.
I received a blessing at age 16 that told me I am blessed with a beautiful, strong body. But I doubted that truth. As a child, being very reflective of generational attitudes, peer values and media messages, I had already picked up some very damaging misconceptions. These twisted beliefs created inner conflicts regarding my self-image that damaged my feelings of self-worth and affected my ability to love and accept myself. In turn, this affected my relationships, the way I approached my roles in life, my perception about my capabilities and my beliefs about what is possible for me to be, to become, and to accomplish.
Holistic healing of these misperceptions and resulting emotional issues has been a long journey, but I am so happy to be able to say I have worked through them, and I am truly grateful for my physical body. My body teaches me life lessons, empowers my choices and allows me the joy of creating my life, day by day.
This morning I awoke very early, feeling heavily burdened. At this particular time, I have been carrying some excess weight, despite healthy eating habits. I have learned that my body is my teacher, so I began asking questions using my muscle testing process. I identified that I have been taking on and carrying some pretty heavy generational emotional burdens – habitually – and that habit has affected by physical physiology.
Apparrently, one of my earliest beliefs was that the way to ease the burdens of others is to take on, hold and carry their struggles, their pains and their troubles for them. Not so. I now realize that more correctly, my gifts as a healer are infinitely more effective when I activate my sacred gifts and become a facilitator, inviting and sharing divine love and light, and helping others to simply let their burdens go…. consciously, effortlessly, and joyfully….
So today, in increased conscious awareness, I used the Emotional Freedom Technique to free myself of this subconscious, debilitating habit. I can better use my holistic healing skills for good as I witness the healing power of divine love and light… so I began with myself. Tapping on my crown chakra and the tapping points on my face, torso and hands, I gave recognition to the issue, released it, sent it to the light, and felt comforted in my body, my spirit, and my soul. And for this, I am grateful.
My message to you today is to encourage you that it is never too late to heal your thoughts, heal your emotions, heal your relationships, and your life. And healing is often easier than you may think.
Counting My Blessings
So here’s ten blessings I am grateful for, in Appreciation of My Physical Body
1. I can see.
2. I can hear.
3. I can breathe.
4. I can smell.
5. I can taste.
6. I can walk.
7. I can use my hands.
8. I can move my body purposefully
9. I can think.
10. I can use my body to bring my thoughts into physical reality and express myself.
I am so grateful that I have learned to love myself enough to appreciate the beauty of being in physical form as a human being on this amazing planet. I am so grateful that I am able to use this beautiful physical body of mine to create experience this amazing world we live in.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is done, it is done, it is done.
Count Your Blessings
Count Your Blessings – the inspiration and the structure for my 28 Day Gratitude Practice comes from “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. This first exercise, to be repeated for 28 days, is called the “Count Your Blessings Practice”.
Count Your Blessings Practice
“First thing in the morning, make a list of ten blessings in your life you are grateful for. Write why you are grateful for each blessing. Go back and read your list, either in your mind or out loud. When you get to the end of each one, say the magic words, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, and feel the gratitude for that blessing as much as you possibly can. Repeat the Count Your Blessings Practice for the next 27 days.”
This reminds me of the Christian Hymn, Count Your Many Blessings
“Count your many blessings, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”
Whether we look at the conditions of our lives as trials or blessings is simply a matter of perspective.
And perspective is a choice.
Maybe that’s where the magic comes from …
Our own choice of perspective…
I choose joy.
Counting My Blessings…
Jo Lyn Cornelsen
Creature Comforts – Day 2 of My 28 Day Gratitude Practice
What comes to mind today for my 28 day gratitude practice day 2, is that I am grateful for my creature comforts. I’m talking about the things that I take for granted in daily life… things that my ancestors and that people in some cultures of the world today do not have access to. And I wonder, why am I so blessed to have been born in a place and time where I could experience so many creature comforts? Why, in the design of this great universe, did I come into this mortal life in such a space and time as this? Who am I? What am I? Do I matter? “I think, therefore I am.”
I love that my thoughts are so clear in the early morning – and at that time I feel so connected and aligned with divine spirit. It brings joy to my soul.
I Love and Appreciate My Creature Comforts
Here are my joyful creature comforts for today, the 2nd day of my 28 day gratitude practice – creature comforts:
1. A warm bed. And it is comfortable.
2. Toilets that flush. And yes, mine is in a private bathroom just off the master bedroom of our home. So I am grateful for my bedroom and my adjoining bathroom, too. No, this painted throne is not mine. I found this photo on a real estate listing. I thought it remarkable that the owner loves their throne so much that they painted it so beautifully and with such obvious love and appreciation. I am grateful that this one is actually NOT mine…. 🙂 Mine is simple, white in color, and it flushes.
3. Indoor plumbing… I’m talking the ability to turn on a tap and instantly receive my choice of hot or cold running water… or lukewarm if I wish. So that means I am grateful for a working well, and for the water filtering system, too.
4. Electricity. Without electrical power, our well wouldn’t work. And the rest of our utilities wouldn’t work. And I wouldn’t be so comfortable in daily life. So that brings me to my next thing.
5. Electric lights. And light bulbs. So I can, with a flick of the switch, illuminate any room in my house that I want to go into.
6. Electric heat. This is such a creature comfort on these long cold winter days. We live in a mild climate, but still cold in winter. I don’t have to chop wood or build a fire to feel warm. And if one room feels a little bit cold to me – I can turn the heat up or turn on the space heater any time I want. Hmmm… that is a pretty powerful result for such a small, tiny action. Effortless even. Such a different experience than what was the norm in generations past… and the conditions that still exist in some places of this world.
7. Soft, warm socks. In the summer, I love to be barefoot. I walk better that way – more balanced. But in the winter, I love my soft, warm socks keeping my feet cushioned and warm. Mmmmm.
8. Shoes that fit me. And that I can actually walk in. And that’s a story for another day.
9. The beautiful Belgian wool carpet in my bedroom. And for the trip to Belgium, but that, too, is a story for another day. Besides being gorgeous, this carpet, one of my favorite creature comforts, is thick and soft enough for me to be comfortable doing my morning stretching exercises on – including the Yoga Plank exercise. Yes, I am doing a 28 day Yoga Plank challenge with my daughter… along with this 28 day gratitude practice. I have a short enough attention span that New Year Resolutions often get forgotten just a few weeks into the year. But 28 days? I can do that!!
10. Grocery stores. Yep, I am really grateful that less that 3 miles from our home is a grocery store where I can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and pretty much anything I want to eat. The prices are reasonable and it is open 24 hours a day. Now that is a creature comfort. Mmmm again.
Thank you for listening to my 28 Day Gratitude Practice Creature Comforts ramblings. Because this is my personal 28 days of gratitude practice, it is totally ok for me to be talking completely about myself. And I am grateful for that, as I love to talk.
You are invited to my 28 days of gratitude party, and to create your own 28 day gratitude party if you want to. If you do, I’d love to be invited to yours, too. Gratitude is magnetic. The more we share words of gratitude, the more things will show up for us to be grateful for.
Jo Lyn Cornelsen
28 Day Gratitude Practice
I am beginning my New Year by Counting My Blessings with a 28 Day Gratitude Practice, introduced to me by my soul friend Jeanie Brosius King, and based on the book “The Magic”, by Rhonda Byrne. Here’s 10 things I am grateful for this morning.
I am excited to see what comes up for me each day as the practice progresses… as I count my blessings. Will my thoughts of gratitude tend to be specific or general? Will my day to day activities be more important to me than taking time to be grateful? Will I really find 10 different things to write about each day for 28 days? If I can do it, I will complete this 28 day gratitude practice with a list of 280 blessings accounted for.
Well, I think I can do this… or I wouldn’t have agreed to begin. I can do it because I live a lifestyle that allows me to sleep until completely rested, and my first waking thoughts include a practice of meditative prayer. This early morning hour is for me, sacred, grounding, balancing, centering and connecting. It feeds my soul. And for that, I am most grateful.
So here’s my first 10 things I am grateful for on this first of my 28 Day Gratitude Practice.
- Life itself.
- My husband.
- Each of our children. There’s 5 of them…
- Each of our grandchildren… 14 so far, and more to come…
- A comfortable bed to sleep in, a roof over my head, and the beautiful trees that connect me with the Creator of All Things…Oh wait… that’s more than 10 things, and I have 27 more days of gratitude to go!
Sending blessings of gratitude, abundance of joy to the world in this New Year of 2016
Jo Lyn Cornelsen
THE MAGIC by Rhonda Byrne
“The Count Your Blessings and Magic Rock practices will ensure that you begin and end your days in a state of gratitude, In fact, they are so powerful that together they would change your life in a few months, But this book is designed to change your life really fast through an abundance of magical practices. Because gratitude is magnetic and attracts more things to be grateful for, the concentration of gratitude over 28 days will intensify the magnetic force of our gratitude. When you have a strong magnetic force of gratitude, like magic, you will automatically magnetize everything you want and need to you!” The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne, page 39