The implicit idea behind this, I assume, is that if one begins to habitually FEEL grateful then one will perpetuate this energy and therefore be open to receiving a bounty of desires – none of which need be material.
If you are a believer in the laws of the universe – you know, the hippie-dippy ones based on energies and vibrations – then this is nothing new. But for those of you who cringe merely at the word manifestation… well, stick with me.
About six months ago I went over to my friend Lana’s. It was an evening she designed to bring together good people for great hospitality – and to create vision boards. We had piles of magazines to pick through, scissors to snip with, Bristol board and glue sticks galore.
It felt a little bit like nursery school, but with wine.
In fact, in the end I had a half-finished vision board thanks to the endless amount of rich conversation, a whole bunch of clippings for consideration, and new friends. I was more than happy with my outcome.
I took my vision board, such as it was, home with me and tucked it away for another day.
Fast forward four months when I spontaneously decided that our living-room furniture no longer suited our family and certainly didn’t reflect the type of design I long for in my home. I posted it on a local buy and sell site and within a few hours it was being carted away.
Our little family dreamed about what we might do with the newfound space in our home. I envisioned a vibrant couch in a dynamic colour that was eye-catching and full of personality. (Yes, I really do fantasize about such things.)
Late, late that night, I roused my husband from sleep and showed him a picture on my laptop. I had found our couch. It was a rich kelly-green velvet and modern in a Danish 1970s sort of way. I was giddy.
Surprisingly, he loved it. “Let’s do it,” he said.
About six weeks later we brought home our new acquisition, and as we readied the room I unearthed my still unfinished – and now slightly dusty – vision board with, you guessed it, a picture of the exact same green couch.
Evidently, if you let yourself feel it, before you even have it, and be in a place of gratitude, then there is no reason why it can’t be so. Visualization is key – whether it’s on paper or not.
Which is why I’m giving myself my own “gratitude challenge.” Today and every day this month I am grateful for my two daughters who joyfully treat each other with love and respect.
And so it is.
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