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Holistic Heart Health: Part 1 - Practice Gratitude

by Gretchen Belenchia

This blog is the first of many about how to cultivate a healthier and happier heart. As we move into summer on June 21st, we will be entering the Element or Phase of Fire in Chinese Medicine.

The Heart is one of four internal organs that are included in this Phase. Topics will include different approaches to heart health from things that you can do to improve your heart health, including diet, exercise, and lifestyle, to information on neurocardiology from an energetic viewpoint.

Today’s blog is about cultivating a grateful heart. This practice can improve mood and reduce stress, two factors that can lead to a healthier heart.

Practice Gratitude

The word ‘Gratitude’ has been coming up for me a lot lately. Just thinking this word with my heart sends a wave of it through me. But how often throughout the day do I forget to be grateful? Pretty often.

That’s why I’m taking the pledge to start each day with a Gratitude Practice. They say how you begin your day usually determines how your day will go, so I’m choosing to see how a Gratitude Practice will influence my day.

A Gratitude Practice is a mindfulness exercise, not a listing exercise. The point is not quantity, but quality. When you think about what you are grateful for, let your mind linger there, form a picture of what or whom you are grateful for and then actively send love and gratitude to the entity.

It could be the sun, the Earth, your spouse, your kids, your dog, God, love, the air, your feet, your lungs…anything. Continue the exercise until you feel complete. It doesn’t have to be long.

And then notice how you feel afterwards. Notice how you feel throughout your day. Notice if your awareness of the world around you and of your body is different.

I read a quote today that said something like, “What if you woke up today with only what you were grateful for yesterday?” It really made me pause and think.

I have done gratefulness practices in the past, but never with any regularity. But beginning tomorrow, I pledge to do a Gratitude Practice every morning.

If you’d like to try a Gratitude Practice, let me know and keep me updated on how it may be changing your outlook, mood, and stress levels. And let me know how your Heart feels!

Holistic Heart Health: Part 1 - Practice Gratitude, Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, Colorado