November 2022: Beyond “What am I grateful for?”

Dear friend — Today I invite you to Inhale love… … …Exhale ease

Ah, November, the month of gratitude. By now, many of us are aware that practicing gratitude is good for us. Gratitude helps us put things in perspective. It helps us shift away from stress or bitterness over what we lack and feel more grounded and at ease with what we have. This is powerful for our daily well-being.

At the same time, I’m not shy in saying that I’ve struggled with gratitude before. Especially when I’m feeling depressed, down, or let down, I don’t feel in a place to express gratitude. Trying to force it digs the wound even deeper.

If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone. That’s why I think it’s valuable to find other entry points into gratitude beyond the standard, “What am I grateful for?”

In Zenit journals, our standard gratitude prompt is, “What can I be grateful for?” This one word allows us to be a little more open and gentle as we try to practice gratitude.

Plus, we can use more guidance in practicing gratitude for the different areas in our lives. One of my favorite new journaling prompts I’ve been using in workshops is, “Dear __[body part]__, thank you for…

You can journal to this prompt over and over again and each time come up with something different. Through this journaling, we can get to a place of deep gratitude for our bodies, which then helps us set the boundaries we need to take care of our bodies, protect our energy, and nurture our health.

This month of November, I’m exploring different ways to practice gratitude and align gratitude with wellness. I invite you to join me. I’ll be holding a Mini-Retreat, “Journal for Gratitude,” on November 10. I’m giving away Lil Gratitude Journals! For organizations, I have an entire standard workshop, “Journal for Gratitude” you can bring to your team for employee wellness and employee engagement. More info is below. Reach out if you’d like to learn more!

With gratitude,
Alina Liao, founder of Zenit
Feel it, Write it, Zenit

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