The Importance of Gratitude While Traveling
When I travel, I like to journal and at the end of every entry, as I close the day, I write out at least one thing I learned and one thing I am grateful for. Expressing gratitude while traveling (and in everyday life) is the key to attracting positive experiences and receiving the wonderful things you want for yourself. Many spiritual leaders (my favourites are authors and leaders at Hay House) talk about the practice of expressing gratitude and its importance.
How do I express gratitude while traveling? Sometimes, I express gratitude for seemingly little things. For example, while in Florence during the month of February, it was much cooler than I had anticipated. I had a very light jacket, much lighter than what the locals were wearing but I had thought to bring one, oversized and very warm scarf which I ended up wearing everyday. I expressed gratitude for it every evening: “I am grateful for my big scarf that keeps my warm and stylish.” “I am grateful for the compliment I received [about my scarf]”, etc.
Interestingly enough, on my second to last day in Florence, Life surprised me with the perfect Italian made poncho-come-scarf, something I had been thinking about and looking for since before this trip.
But mostly, my gratitude and journal entries lead to self-reflection: “Today, I noticed how more patient I am with myself. I catch myself if I am not acting from a place of love – I allow myself to feel the emotion but I quickly dissolve the negative thoughts or reactions and rewrite what I want to feel, in the present, and allow love and acceptance to flow through me.”
I want to leave you with my favourite way to close the day and express my gratitude while traveling (it’s important to write it down and say the words):
“Thank you Universe for today’s surprises and magic. I wouldn’t have it any other way than Your way. I can’t wait to see what You have in store for tomorrow!”