Good morning, good night and goodness in-between

When morning arrives there is this precious moment when we first realize we are awake. In this moment, sleep may try to pull us back into dream land or our soul may nudge us making the possibility of going back to sleep less likely. In this moment, before we open our eyes, smile and say a quiet little “thank-you” for the day that is about to unfold. This quiet little “thank-you” sends a wave of grace and appreciation out into the Universe. The vibration we emit is the vibration we attract. Getting into the flow of appreciation from the beginning of our day sets a tender tone. This is the perfect time to let our imagination paint a beautiful picture. After all, it is a brand new day unfolding. We can imagine ourselves courageous, well balanced and capable of handling anything that comes our way with Grace and ease. We can imagine ourselves experiencing peace of mind throughout the day and especially when we come up against something unexpected. We can imagine the very center of our being strong, fluid, and over flowing with love. Our imagination is a powerful tool that we can choose to use to assist us in creating our day.

Beginning our Daygratitude in the morning

As we slowly get up and begin moving into our day, we can choose to allow this delicious feeling to fill our heart center and our entire body. We can even imagine this feeling of appreciation filling all the spaces in-between the cells and atoms of our body and all around us. As the day progresses we can add to the vibration of gratitude and appreciation, emanating from our very being, by simply saying thank-you to people and experiences throughout the day, whatever they may be.  Developing a sense of gratitude for all our experiences, regardless if they are challenging or smooth, allows the energy of Grace and Love to flow through us unimpeded. The more our very being vibrates at the rate of appreciation and gratitude the more we attract situations and people that are happy and appreciative. Happiness is an expression of our true nature and is found in the deep acceptance of the self.  The more we align with appreciation the easier it is to accept ourselves just as we are with enough courage to change the things we see that need changing.

end day with gratitudeEnding our day

Each night before we go to sleep say a little “thank-you” for the day. It doesn’t matter what kind of a day we had, say “thank-you” for this day. To end each night with a quiet little “thank-you” sends a message of appreciation out into the Universe. You are ending the day on a wave of gratitude.



Gratitude and Appreciation = Good health

It has been brought to our attention through science, that the emotions of gratitude and appreciation positively affects our physical heart and brain function making us more creative, better problem solvers and even more intelligent. Frustration on the other hand, shows a marked decrease in creativity, problem solving and intelligence. For a person who indulges in frustration, the effects on the body are revealed by the production of harmful biochemicals that weaken the body and the immune system. A mere fifteen minutes of frustration can take nearly twenty hours for the body to regain a healthy chemical balance. With information like this at our disposal, who would want to miss an opportunity to choose appreciation and gratitude over frustration?

Yes, we live in challenging times.

hope love and gratitude

I do realize we live in trying times and some may say, “It is not that easy to be happy or to choose gratitude and appreciation.”  It is my hope that you are curious enough to try this sweet easy way of beginning and ending your day. Be curious to feel what it feels like to be the instrument of setting the tone of your day before you even open your eyes and set the tone of your dream time as you end your day. You will find that one flows into the other. The gratitude you end your day with will greet you in the morning. The gratitude you start your day with will kiss you good night.

in the spirit of appreciation, Grace and curiosity

love , Astara

(I wrote this article for the November issue of Wild Sister magazine)   🙂