I believe that our days can deliberately be the pieces from which we build our lives.
From that belief, I have been learning about the power of deliberate daily practices for some time now.
Back in 2010 I began a Daily Gratitude practice.
Yes, the naff thing that we have all read and heard about. In short, I was desperate. Something needed to change, and I didn’t know what else to do.
I got serious with it in 2011, and sine 1 January 2011, I have had a Daily Gratitude Practice. Each night, towards the end of the evening, I sit, diary and pen in hand, and write down a full page of things that I am grateful for. I then choose one, and post it to Facebook and to Twitter.
It is my own personal happy rebellion. To remind us all, that there is plenty to be grateful for, even on the darkest of days.
After the significant changes that this practice brought to my life, I added a daily sitting meditation practice in January 2014.
So, for right now, I top and tail my days.
Every day (and I mean every single day) I begin my mornings with a seated meditation practice. I sit, wrapped in a sheet, and simply breathe in and breathe out.
Then every day (and I mean every single day) I finished my days by scrolling through my days and listing at least 20 things to be grateful for, and choosing the top one that I want to share with the world.
I’m not necessarily saying that these practices are the only ones for everyday.
But I do believe that we would all benefit from some conscious daily choices, that we act upon every day. Not just our good days. Not just weekdays. But Every Single Day.
Give it a whirl. It just might change your life, by changing your days.