There is now an abundance of both scientific and anecdotal evidence of the power of gratitude, and it can still be difficult to begin the practice or to find a practice that works. This is the practice I have used for years. I describe it here and include some of the variations that I have implemented over time.
The reality is that most of our life operates on auto-pilot. We do what we do, get what we get, struggle with the same things over and over again because approximately 95+% of our brain functions are set on auto-pilot. We are not actually thinking about most of what we do or say. For this reason, setting intentions is very important. The act of setting an intention moves an experience out of auto-pilot mode into the actively conscious mode and affords us an opportunity to be choiceful, to exercise some self-determination. In this exercise, I explain how to set an intention.
Wouldn’t it be Nice
This is a practice that I picked up from Colette Stricher in her book Abundance on Demand. What I like about this practice is that it is literally like going to the gym for our imagination. I personally have a difficult time with visualization so guided visualizations and writing in detail about things I wanted to experience in my life never worked for me. I simply don’t think visually. This practice is a whole other approach to expanding the boundaries of the current state, something that is essential for a courageously curious approach.