Gratitude : 8 Powerful Tips for 2020

Here are 8 simple techniques to live a life of more gratitude and joy. Practical ways to live a more thankful life on a daily basis.

Happy New Year! This year, if there’s one thing I want anyone reading my blog to be able to take away, it is the power of living a life of gratitude.

Ever since the 2000’s, the ‘gratitude’ philosphy has exploded. You might ask where to begin, and it’s actually easier done than you think. So, here are some simple examples that will help you enter into the mindframe of grateful living.

HOW TO FEEL GRATEFUL

  • Start your day on a positive note. How?
    Well, acknowledge the basics.
    You had a comfortable bed to sleep on (and an air conditioner/heater), you slept with food in your belly, you woke up to the opportunity to live another day.
  • Check-in with yourself, especially in the moments you’re feeling crappy.
    What are somethings that went RIGHT today? It could be something as simple as getting a cold glass of water on a hot summer day when you desperately needed it, or a receiving a smile/compliment from somebody that made you smile!
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  • Identify the people and things that make your life easier, instead of harder.
    – Does somebody drop you to school/work everyday, to whom you forget to say thanks when you get out of the car, or to wish ‘good morning’?
    – Do you have a steady internet connection that lets you talk to that long-distance boyfriend/girlfriend you’re pissed off at?
    We take a lot of things for granted, especially people.
    Start recognising everything comfortable about your life, even in the situations that make you unhappy.
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HOW TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE

  • Don’t be shy to tell people they make you happy!
    Find ways to appreciate and compliment people, genuinely. Not only will this break barriers in the most unstable of relationships, it will help you see people for their goodness, not just everything that’s wrong with them.

Read More : 5 Ways To Be More Happy Everyday

  • Write about it.
    At the end of your day, take out 5 minutes and write yourself an email about the 5 highlights of your day! If you enjoy journalling, this could actually make a great journal idea too.
  • Return the favour.
    Give other people the opportunity to feel your gratitude towards them, for what they did for you. But in your own style. Sometimes, a small, handwritten note can go a long way, or buying someone a coffee. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just heartfelt.
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HOW TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF GRATITUDE

  • Be the change you want to see.
    This might mean being the person at work that always drops a mail to the whole team for their hard work (no matter what level you are at), or the person that converts tough situations at home by seeing the good in them.
  • Change your vocabulary.
    Start using words like “blessed” and “grateful” in your day to day conversations, and not just as an Instagram hashtag!
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Ultimately, gratitude is an attitude, and also a skill. It takes some retraining and inner reprogramming, but the more you practice it, the larger the ripple effect will be in your life.

Let me also take the opportunity to express my gratitude to you, for reading this and supporting my blog, in whatever capacity that you do. THANK YOU! 🙂

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10 Inspiring Spiritual Quotes

From my personal collection, my favourite inspirational spiritual quotes about Life, Relationships and more!

Jumping right into my list of all-time favorite spiritual quotes, no further introduction needed!

#1 – When you know better, do better.

By Maya Angelou.

We often hold a tendency to accuse ourselves and others, “why would you do that, ofcourse you know better than that!”. But the truth is, if we really, truly knew better, we’d do it.

For example, we all know we should go to the gym, eat healthy, be honest, etc. But not all of us can live upto even these simple understandings. Why? Because they haven’t truly integrated into our being!

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Once we have understood them at our core, it just becomes second nature. So the next time you or someone makes a mistake, let this be a reminder – if they knew better, they’d do better.

#2 – You wanna come with your cup full. What comes out of the cup is for y’all, what’s in the cup is mine.

By Iyanla Vanzant, this is one of the most unconventional spiritual quotes. We’ve all been taught to keep loving and caring for others unconditionally. We’ve been taught to put other first.

But it makes complete sense – how we can we be of service to others if we keep serving ourselves last (and thus, exhausting ourselves)? Self-love explained in the finest way!

Read More : 7 Daily Rituals for Self-Love

#3 – Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

Kahlil Gibran was ahead of his time in teaching us about healthy boundaries and interdependence in relationships. His book, The Prophet is a gold mine of spiritual quotes! But I’ll share the ones that really hit home.

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Whenever I find myself clinging to my husband and taking away from his personal time, this simple poem rings in my head like a reality check.

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.


Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.


Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

While this quote pertains to romantic love in his book, The Prophet, it really extends to every relation.

#4 – You start where you left off.

This was an insight on suicide, provided by a spiritual teacher that communicates with Angels, and the deceased ones, Rebecca Rosen. It might seem out of place to some of the readers, but her work is extensive and has brought tremendous help to countless people.

With the growing number of suicide cases, I approach this heartbreaking subject with a gentle reminder that many books also provide evidence of.

We don’t really escape, we just come back here again and again, redoing all the ABC’s, toddler walks, teenage dating and more before we, once again, get the opportunity to deal with our life’s challenges.

Thus, the only way out of this, is through this, as the saying also goes.

#5 – Nobody should be anyone’s teacher for more than a few months.

By Dr. Brian Weiss, though this is lesser known amongst his other spiritual quotes, was what empowered me.

Every guru I meet may only walk a certain distance with me. The real guru lies within all of us, and within me too. It has thus helped me to never ‘settle’ for one kind of experience, and instead to go within to find the answers, as I experience life’s many flavors.

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#6 – Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.

By Talmund.

In your darkest times, even when you cannot see the Light and it feels impossible to believe, know that everything is divinely guided, even a blade of grass. The universe talks to all of us, we just have to listen. 🙂

#7 – Since the universe is self-organising and self-correcting, if anybody did anything to harm me, the universe is already on it [karma]. The universe has a way to make sure I get, whatever in the material world that person took away from me. We call that the ‘Principle of Divine Compensation’.

From Marrianne Williamson, in her video about Forgiveness.

The message is loud and clear – the Universe is our provider and that’s where our expectations should lie, not in people!

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#8 – 42.

On the face of it, a number doesn’t qualify as a spiritual quote. But here’s the essence.

In the book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is the “answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything” – calculated by a Deep Computer over a very, very long time. Though the meaning of this cryptic calculation is widely debated, the answer I read moved me deeply. Here’s what I found.

Software developers like to use 42 as a magic number, i.e. a number without any real significance, which you could replace by any other number. In other words, the meaning of life, is ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE.

This has always humbled me, whenever I’ve been in doubt if I’m “doing the right thing”.

#9 – So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Humbling eh? Don’t toot your own horn! This is actually from the Bible, Matthew 6:2.

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#10 – The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky.  The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly. 
Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles.  Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You’ll be assured of clean victory.
Pray without ceasing.

What are some of your favorite spiritual quotes? And how have they helped your journey? Let me know!

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Unemployment : 7 Lessons From A Year Without Income

I took every ounce of my year of unemployment as an opportunity for personal evolution, and came across with these major realisations.

To clarify that I did not get fired, rather that I resigned from the corporate world because I had other career plans for myself. But, those plans didn’t happen on my timeline. As a consequence, I lived with my parents and had zero active income for nearly 1 year!So, here are the lessons my unemployment brought for me.

#1 – Whatever resources I need, will come to me exactly when I need them.

I’d heard a lot about the abundance mindset that is promoted in the spiritual community, but this became my first-hand experience.

The first concern people have, is the loss of a security net. Though I lived with my parents, there were some financial expenses and assets that I continued to take care of independently.

There was a certain amount of money I needed to complete my pending investments in the upcoming years, but being unemployed, my savings were not fitting.

It might sound unbelievable, but the truth is, as soon as the next instalment would come around the corner and my account was depleted, I received the financial support I needed through a gift, older investment maturing or returns from tax.

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This happened on several occasions and now I have a safety net big enough to even generate some savings, too. 🙂

#2 – You get to choose your story.

I often got judged, hard. At first, I used to try to invoke sympathy by saying that I was fed up of my job and that it wasn’t my thing, and this and that… but later I realised, I was only trying to seek approval and second-guessing myself every time gave me that look of disappointment.

My story is as simple as this, now. I’m transitioning into a more fulfilling role. And in the process, I’m building my presence as a writer. 🙂

#3 – Other people’s success does not mean I’m failing. Unemployment does not mean failure.

I was always somewhat proud to say that I’ve never felt envious before. Until the day my best friend started getting back-to-back job offers and I sensed a tinge of envy.

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He took it really well, held compassion and even admiration that we could be so honest with each other. This became the opportunity for me to see that my life is succeeding in other spaces.

#4 – Unemployment doesn’t equate to purposelessness (I spelled that right on the first shot, phew!).

I used to work 5 days a week, now I work 7.

Building a morning and evening routine for myself was the best decision I could have ever made, and I’m only sorry I waited 25 years! I am able to do EXACTLY what I want to do with my time. And this has improved my mental health in ways I cannot even begin to describe!

Read More : 7 Daily Habits for Self-Care

#5 – You learn how to un-workaholic yourself.

Like I said, post leaving my job, I became occupied around the clock. Even if they were meaningful ventures, it took me a lot of patience to undo my need to work too much.

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I started balancing myself. First, I became active, but not necessarily productive, in business terms.

Also, I wasn’t a couch potato, infact I only watched a few minutes of comedy at the end of every day, but the rest of my time was devoted to my well-being and spreading the Light.

#6 – Unemployment is lonely.

I love being alone, it’s my comfort zone, to be honest. But even to me, it became quite lonely. When I was working and constantly surrounded by people, I always craved solitude. I spent whatever time I had after work just soaking in my own energy and trying to experience ‘freedom’.

Now that I had it unbarred, it taught me so much about the need for companionship. I began to appreciate group meditation, workshops and even collaborations with people for my blog. Heartfulness Meditation group sessions were one of such grounding activities that brought me greater peace.

A big lesson came forward – we aren’t meant to live life on Earth alone. We just need to learn to live it with detachment and compassion. As my husband puts it, inter-dependent versus co-dependent.

#7 – Balance is NOT effortless, atleast not at first.

In the truest sense, unemployment taught me to balance myself in a way, that no job can teach anyone. When you are fully accountable of yourself, it can be daunting. Full accountability means being able to make small choices at every awake moment.

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Do you spend your day sleeping because you slept late at night?
Do you take a shower the first thing in the morning or skip a few days at a time? Or…Do you spend time reading a book, or in front of the TV?

It calls for the need to have certain routines, to keep growing, educating yourself and moving forward even if not in terms of a paid career.

And most importantly, my unemployment taught me that my job doesn’t define who I am.

I define who I am.

And I am a little more awesome, every single day! 😉

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