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Magic in the everyday

How practicing gratitude can help us be more present, more observant and more 'here' as we move through every day.

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Work today seems to be more to-do than done. More swirling around in the red alarm state of the next due date must be missing something or haven't replied to someone feeling than the supreme feeling of contentment from a flowing day of deep work. Deep work does not require a static environment, it is not necessary that having a clean desk and a clear to-do list results in deep work. Every task, every moment approached with a full sense of gratitude gives enough room for the habitual mind to experience life from the vantage point of the generous mind. From this vantage point, the reactive is less of an urge and flow the natural mode. So once a task has been chosen to be done, before the act of doing it, start by thanking this task, the person whom the task is related to and the action required to be done, that the action to be done fully cooperate with my intent to do it in one swooping sweep and also thank all the obstacles and distractions that exist as they are the fuel for my focus. Thanking by acknowledging both positive and negative forces I begin my task. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

The Southbank Centre during their festival of Love published a letter that outlined 50+ simple acts of kindness. I recommend everyone create their own random acts of gratitude list by thinking of all the aspects of life we currently interact with e.g. the public transport system and the aspects of life we would like to accomplish such as travel more, write a blog etc. Express every bite-size aspect of all we experience and would like to experience as small gratitude slips and share these with different people and environments. Gratitude expressed and shared multiplies Fulfilment.

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I work as a Designer and Data Architect based in Sydney, Australia. This post is inspired by a book by Rhonda Byrne I purchased a while ago. It's called "The Magic" and its central theme is beginning a daily gratitude practice.

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Hi Rajesh Bhardwaj ,

Great to see you sharing your provocations around this topic and bringing your voice to the Gratitude Challenge Community!

From the insights shared in your post, we think it may be particularly interesting to for you to attend our Gratitude in the Workplace Webinar with University of Washington positive organizational leadership expert, Ryan Fehr tomorrow, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. He’ll be discussing recommendations for designing Ideas for this topic.

You can register for the webinar here

We hope to see you there!