- The Table - Where is there stability in your life?
- Cornucopia - What abundance is overflowing in your life?
- Wishbone - How are your manifesting abilities at this time?
- Food Coma - Where are you sleeping too much/being lazy in your life?
- Holding Hands - How can you be more of service to others at this time?
A Gratitude Box is a fantastic tangible reminder of all that you have to be grateful for, especially during times of loss, hardship, or when you just want to feel all the love and blessings you have around you! Creating a Gratitude Box is helps you to open your heart and deepen your sense of appreciation for your life. What do you have to be thankful for?
Here’s how you can make your own!
Find your Focal Point
- Where do you want your gratitude to be focused? What are you grateful for? A new job? New baby? Your marriage? An achievement? Your family? Abundance? A loved one lost? Use an item as representation of this. I love to use oracle cards for this purpose!
- What kind of box do you wish to use? Wooden? Plastic? An antique jewelry box? Family heirloom? You can even a use a shoebox!
Cleanse + Clear
- Your box, as well as anything you put in it, should be cleared and cleansed of any negative, muddy, stagnant, or unwanted energy. You want the energy to be fresh, pure, and clear for your show of thanks!
- Show it some love! Put YOU into it.
What Can You Put Inside Your Box?
- You can work with rose quartz, green aventurine, clear quartz, garnet, scocelite, or any crystal that fits your reason for gratefulness.
- Photos, family photo of loved one who’s passed, a representation of your hard work like a diploma or certificate, your fur babies’ collar/tag if they brought you so much love and comfort, baby booties, something special from your wedding day. Use whatever is special to you and is a reason of gratitude!
A $10 Bill
- A reminder that you are always abundant
A Sacred Item
- Like a rosary, a medallion, mala beads, or a figurine of deity/spirit animal
- Write these as inspiration and motivation for future moments where you may be feeling lack, fear, doubt, anger, or depression
- Include a special birthday, congratulations, tarot, or oracle card. You can even include a significant handwritten letter someone sent to you
Write a List
- Write about all of the things you're currently grateful for to help you remember why you're grateful - a date (wedding/graduation date), a certain situation, a gift, your health, family, your bed, your education, peace, harmony, your spouse, your career, etc.
Stay Grateful & Happy Creating!
Gratitude is the Attitude of the season lovely ones! When we show thanks for the many blessings in our lives, seen and unseen, past, present, or future, we open our hearts to possibilities, opportunities, forgiveness, and love. Getting in touch with our sense of gratitude and appreciation helps us to center and ground ourselves as well. In honor of that (and in honor of the gratitude I have for all of you!), here is a list I have created that is chock-full of ideas and journal prompts to help you deepen your sense of, as well as express, an attitude of gratitude this holiday season or any time of the year! Get your journal handy and dive on in! Be sure to use #gratitudeistheattitude on social media if you decide to share any discoveries you make on your journey of deepening your gratitude consciousness.
Ideas for Expressing Gratitude
- Keep a Gratitude Journal - take inventory of what you have to be grateful for whether that be daily, weekly, or monthly
- Volunteer your time and energy by working in an animal shelter, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, library, hospital, or retirement home. What is close to your heart
- Donate your clothes, money, or food to a charity, church, or noble cause
- Make a meal for family, friends, or someone going through a rough time with grief
- Tutor someone. Use your gifts to help another
- Charge a crystal with gratitude or make a gratitude crystal grid
- Write a Letter of thanks to yourself or someone who has greatly impacted your life in a positive manner
- Pay it Forward
- Simply say ‘Thank You’ to the random stranger who smiles, waves, compliments, or holds the door for you. Thank your guides and your angels for all they do!
- Pray - Give thanks for your life, health, family, food on the table. Pray for the less fortunate.
- Light/Charge a Candle
- Create a Gratitude Vision Board
- Send healing and thanks to Mother Earth
- Do something nice for your family, parents, or a total stranger
- Put Ego, status, and feelings of entitlement aside. Act and listen with your heart
- Acknowledge your privileges
- Make a gratitude wreath containing items representative of your gratefulness
- Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with someone less fortunate to let them know they matter too! A warm smile and a genuine ‘Hello, how are you?’ can work wonders for the spirit of both parties
- Do something for Mother Earth. Plant a tree, pick up trash in your local park, recycle
- Write affirmations of gratitude and carry them with you to read and say throughout the day
- Help children! Play with children. Read to children. Lead by positive example. Invite more pure, non-judgmental, childlike innocence into your soul.
- Express your gratitude creatively through music, singing, dancing, and art
- Do a gratitude meditation or ritual
Journal Prompts for Deepening your Personal Sense of Gratitude
24. What do you take for granted in your life? Why do you think you have trouble expressing gratitude for this?
25. What were you able to manifest this year?
26. What were you able to release this year that was of benefit to you?
27. Where can you invite more gratitude into your life? How? 28. How do you think showing more gratitude will change your life?
29. Write about a significant moment in which someone in your life extended gratitude to you?
30. Write about a significant moment in which you extended gratitude to someone else?
31. Where do you feel the sensation of gratitude in your body? What does this mean to you?
32. How does your energy and outlook shift when you’re in a state of gratitude?
33. What is your own personal definition of the word gratitude? What is gratitude consciousness?
34. Why do you believe it is important to be grateful?
35. What does gratitude teach you?
36. How has your definition of gratitude changed throughout your life? Is it more complicated or is it more simple? Why?
37. What is the difference between gratitude and appreciation?
38. How do gratitude and generosity work together?
39. When you feel ungrateful or someone tells you that you’re being ungrateful, how does that impact you? What does it mean to you?
40. What are you most grateful for today, right now, in this moment? What freedoms are you grateful for?
41. How was gratitude taught to you as a child? What examples do you have?
42. Why do you believe the holiday season is associated with gratitude?
43. What times of the year do you feel most grateful and why?
44. What times of the year do you feel least grateful and why?
45. Do you show gratitude and thanks even when you feel that you currently have nothing to be grateful for? Why or why not?
46. Does your sense of gratitude have boundaries or limitations?
47. What is your favorite way of showing gratitude?
48. Do you show gratitude differently to different people? Why or why not? Who inspires you to be more appreciative?
49. What personality traits are you most grateful for? What does your body do for you that you have to be grateful for?
50. Which animals and natural wonders are you most grateful for?
51. If you could only pick one item in your home/life that you’re most grateful for, who or what would it be? Why?
52. How does laughter contribute to your sense of gratitude? After all you’ve been through in your life, why is it still possible for you to laugh?
53. How do effort and hard work affect your sense of gratitude? If you’re not acknowledged or recognized for your work, how does that effect your feelings and how you show gratitude?
54. Write about a particularly hard, weird, eye opening, or difficult time in your life that when you look back on it, you wouldn’t change. What lessons did this teach you? How has it helped to shape your life? Why are you grateful for this lesson?
55. What situations or blessings in your life were you Divinely guided to? What would you say to those in Spirit (angels, guides, loved ones who have passed, ancestors, deities, God/Source/The Universe) who helped bring this opportunity to you?
Happy discovering adventurous soul!
A relationship with your Ancestors goes beyond just honoring them on Samhain (Halloween). Our Ancestors are an integral part of who we are whether we are consciously aware of it or not. You can deepen your relationship with them by connecting with their spiritual energy as often as you'd like - not just once a year on October 31st!
Honor them everyday. Honor them for their strengths, trials, and tribulations. Remember that they were people too. They lived. They are not so different from us. Even though technological and geographical changes may be apparent, the human soul is still the same, no matter the passage of time.
Your Ancestors want you to win! They want you to succeed and for your soul to grow. Give them thanks for the blessings they send your way and the lessons that come to us through challenges. Ask them for strength and courage. To share their wisdom and guidance with you.
Here are some ideas to help you honor and deepen your connection to your Ancestors, no matter what time of year…
• Drawing a family tree is a great way to connect with your family and to teach younger generations (as well as yourself), about your family history. Genealogy or Ancestry websites are also great places to start. Connect with your heritage by slowly learning about the country, culture, and it's people.
• Try learning their divination practice, like Runes, Kipper, I Ching, bone sets, cowrie shell divination, and scrying just to name a few! Ask them for help and to guide you in your learning. This may even be a great way of communicating with them (perhaps even their preferred method) and is a great way to strengthen bonds.
• Take a trip to reconnect with your heritage - Norway, Tibet, France, Russia, Africa, Jamaica, England, Brazil, Mexico. What feelings do you get when you go there? Try the cultural foods. Step out of your comfort zone a bit. How does the air feel, the scenery look? How is the vibration of this place different from where you currently reside - how does your soul feel here? While there, try to visit places of historical importance like churches, battlegrounds, sacred sites, etc. Embrace and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of your Ancestors.
• If you can't physically go there, try doing so in meditation! Take a step back in time. Ask them to show you their lives or their favorite places. Crystals and stones such as petrified wood, garnet, picture jasper, black kyanite, nuumite, and rose quartz are also great to work with when connecting to your ancestry (and past lives as well).
• Always give them thanks - especially when connecting to the Spirit world whether that be through divination methods or other means like mediumship. You may feel their presence more closely and hear them more clearly during the month of October as the veil begins to thin even further! Of course the most significant day for this is Samhain.
Here are some ways to show thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to your loved ones in Spirit…
• Rose oil, incense, flowers, tobacco, alcohol - what did they love? Did your grandfather smoke cigars? Buy his favorite and burn it as an offering to him. Did your distant aunt love chrysanthemums? Plant some in remembrance of her. Did your mother love rose oil? Wear some when you want to connect with her more deeply. Did your great great grandmother have a special cookie recipe? Make them in honor of her.
• Use the special baby blanket or delicately dainty table cloth that was made for you. Pull out the old family photo album. Make tea with the intricately decorated tea set that belonged to your grandmother's, grandmother's, grandmother and has been collecting dust in the china cabinet for years. You can even make a special meal and leave a place at the table for them during celebrations. Perhaps their birthday or an anniversary? What does your intuition tell you to use? Connect with your Ancestors in meditation! Listen to what they tell you.
Remember that your Ancestors go back generations and generations! Not just your great great grandparents, but someone who you may not even know the name of or anything about. Someone who may have been forgotten with time. Even though you may not know what they looked like, did for a living, or who they are in relation to you, they are still a part of your ancestry and are there guiding you throughout your life whether that be in a large or small capacity. Maybe even for one particular situation that you have in common, even if it is only for a few minutes, weeks, or years of of your life. Honor and give respect to them on your altar whether on Samhain, Yule, or any day of your choosing. Light a candle, say a small prayer. Any acknowledgement is enough. <3
Looking back at your journey thus far, I'm sure you've learned a lot along the way. You may wish you were better prepared before you embarked on this expedition of self-discovery, but you wouldn't trade your unique experience for anything. Here are some things I've learned thus far in my own journey, as well as what I have come to appreciate about the journey of soul and self-discovery, the road of awakening, and the journey of being your most authentic self...
You're learning what is of heartfelt importance to you. You're better at bringing your focus back to the present. To look back and see how far you've come. Don't sweat the small stuff! Let it go. In the grand scheme go things, is it really that big of a deal? Don't stress about all that you have left to do, dream about, and accomplish. You know it will happen when it's meant to, so there is no need to attach to outcomes.
You have an appreciation for the process of letting go. You've gotten better at releasing! YES! Although it is never easy, the more you do it, the better you become at surrendering. You realize that releasing is vital to the health of not only your immortal soul, but also your human body. You can recognize a good release by the way you stand taller, your shoulders relax, your neck muscles aren't as tight. Everything about your energy is just lighter!
You understand the value of slow steady growth. Is a weed that sprouts up over night stronger than a great oak? You take time to stop and smell the flowers. To relish in the experience. To sink-in to the journey. To allow the road, your soul purpose, to become part of the way you walk and talk. You're not in any rush - where is the fun in that? You'd rather savor every moment, every lesson along the way. That way you really learn them- maybe even the first time around! Strong foundations are important to you. You want your knowledge and experience to have a backbone. Something to stand on that speaks all for itself.
You've learned some warning signs - who and who not to trust. You have become a better judge of character (by getting to know yourself), but not judgmental - you just know who you would like to invite into your energy and who you'd rather keep at a bit of a distance. You know to pick your battles wisely. To not feed into another's negative behavior. To not get wrapped up in other people's drama - remember, not my circus, not my monkeys. You understand the insanely crazy value of setting boundaries and how it is a benefit to not only you, but also to others in your life as well.
You're getting better at that little thing called Self-Talk. You've been working on healing thoughts of a comparing nature. You understand that the grass really isn't always greener on the other side, but you are too busy focusing on pulling your own weeds, sowing seeds, and spreading fertilizer to notice your neighbor's lawn. You've become better at freeing yourself from self-oppressing thoughts, self-sabotage, and lower vibrational patterns of behavior. You truly know the worth of thinking positively and the power of your own manifestation abilities!
You have a ton of excitement and hope for the future! You can over come anything and you know that now! You see all of the remnants of past challenges behind you - in a cloud of smoke, lying in the dust. You tore threw them like a hurricane (even though it may not have felt that way in the moment). You are more sure of where you want to go, what you're looking for, and have a better idea of how to get it. You know where to look for opportunities. Understand the value and deep worth of self-expression. You're better able to determine when and when not to take action. You're more daring and ready for new adventures!
What have you learned on your journey of awakening thus far? What lessons are you currently grappling with? I'd love to hear your insights!
Happy Fall lovely ones! Autumn is by far my favorite season for multiple reasons - October, crisp air, Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes... I designed this spread to Celebrate the Awesome that is Autumn with just a few of them! Thinking of bringing your tarot cards to the bonfire? Divining for answers while munching some scrumptious pumpkin pie? This is the perfect spread to try. If you try this spread and love how it works for you, be sure to post it on Instagram! Just use the hashtag #autumnalawesomness so we can share in the Awesome that is Autumn together!
*Feel free to use tarot and/or oracle cards with this spread. I used the Psychic Tarot for the Heart oracle deck (Hay House Publishing) for my own reading. Check out my personal reading below to see how this spread can work for you. Give it a go with some of your fave oracle decks!
Dead leaves | Transformation
- What needs to Fall away? What do you need to crunch underfoot?
My Card: Release
I am currently in the process of releasing lots of things from the past and the present. As I release these things, I need to truly let them go and not keep thinking about them. This feels like I need to just keep moving forward and not look behind me.
Bonfire | Warm + Toasty
- Where will things be heating up for you this Autumn?
My Card: Opportunity Beckons
Yay! Looks like some new opportunities may be coming up this Fall! This feels like a reminder to keep fueling my fire and passion. Doors will be opening on the other side of the release. I can't walk through them if I'm looking back at what I've already let go of.
Pumpkin Pie | Savor This
- Where is the sweetness?
My Card: Choose Your Battles
I have been definitely learning how to choose my battles wisely lately! It is just not worth the time or energy to feed into another's negativity. This resonates with me as a message of protection as the Wheel of the Year turns yet again. It is also a reminder to not let ego control my words or actions when my pride may be hurt.
Horror Film | Fear + Anxiety
- Where are you afraid? What are you hiding from?
My Card: Feeling Alone
. Yes, Universe, I know this is something that always comes up for me. This is definitely a fear of mine and one I have been working through for many years. I guess this Autumn will be no different lol. Progress has been made, but there is always work to do.
Hot Cocoa | Comfort
- Where can you bring more comfort to yourself?
My Card: Seek
I love this card! It totally feels like sitting in quiet meditation, chatting with my spirit guides, and conversing with the birds. Feeling Mother Nature's energy and seeking peace inside of it! This Fall may be a time of learning and seeking out new information.
Horn of Plenty | Gratitude
- Where should you be more thankful? How can you focus more on gratitude?
My Card: Embrace
I need to embrace situations for what they are - both the good and the bad. To honor the balance in all things. This is a reminder to embrace others and love them as I wish to be embraced and loved. To connect with the collective and the collective unconscious. This also encourages me to send healing to others/the world as a show of gratitude for the blessings I have in my life.