I hope everyone had a Marvelous Monday! I know I did. In fact, I always do. I never dread Mondays. What is the point of being depressed on Mondays? Just because the weekend is over? Well, in my eyes, I believe that we should be thankful for the new day we have been blessed with whichever day of the week that may be!
Every day is a blessing if you ask me!
Today, I will be reviewing the novel, The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne which I completed over the month of June as one of my goals.
I introduced the book in this post, but you can read a more detailed description here. Briefly, The Magic takes you on a 28 day journey of finding the magic in your life and living life more gratefully.
For 28 days, you will participate in one different practice. Each practice involves being grateful and filling your life with more magic in various different aspects. For an example, one practice will involve being grateful for relationships which will bring you more magical, loving, and positive relationships whereas the other practice may involve health; you will practice being grateful for your health and the gift of health will be more abundant in your life.
As I mentioned, there are 28 different practices that you will take part in throughout your journey of living a more grateful life. I enjoyed all of these practices, but there are a few that I enjoyed more than others:
Day 1: Count Your Blessings
This practice was definitely a favourite of mine and you practice for all 28 days! In this practice you are instructed to write down 10 things that you are grateful for every single morning. I couldnt think of a better way to start off my day!
Day 2: The Magic Rock
Another favourite practice of mine that is done for all 28 days, as well! It is slightly different than the practice that was introduced on Day 1, though. This practice instructs you to find a rock, a nice smooth rock that will fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. You will hold onto this rock each night and while holding onto this rock, you are to think of the best part of your day. Once choosing the best part of your day and thinking about it you must say thank you. I loved doing this before bed every night. Its like my rock holds so many special moments within it now
Day 7: The Magical Way Out of Negativity
It was clear to me that I was going to love this practice as I focus on being positive and looking for the positive of good in every situation; even if they are not the best situations. In this practice, there are two assignments to do.
The first assignment instructs you to think of a negative situation such as a negative relationship that has been bothering you. When you have chosen your one negative situation, you are then to write down ten things you are grateful for about the situation to make the situation not so negative.
This practice really helped me when Cuddles passed away. Instead of being angry that she was gone, I thought of 10 things that I was grateful for. One of my sentences were:
I am grateful that I was blessed with a month at home with Cuddles this summer.
The second assignment within this practice was to go one full day without saying or thinking anything negative. The purpose of this assignment was to have the individual who is engaging in the practice to realize how often negative thoughts occur or words are spoken. This practice definitely cause me to be more aware of what I was thinking and doing. After experiencing this practice, I have been trying to do this every single day.
Day 11: A Magic Morning
I loved this practice, but I think I loved it so much because I didnt have to change a single thing about what I do throughout the day which made me quite proud of myself! In this practice, you are to say thank you for everything throughout your day. When the person in front of you holds the door open for you, when the cashier gives you your change, or when someone pays you a compliment you must always say thank you. I had a little giggle to myself when reading over this practice because I already always say thank you to pretty much everyone throughout my day; however, I made sure that on this day I was saying it to absolutely every one and about everything like when I used my toothbrush I said thank you. Day 11 wants you to show thankfulness for everything.
Day 26: Magically Transform Mistakes Into Blessings
I loved this challenge and I immediately thought of many of my friends/readers when I read over it the first time! I think you will enjoy this one! <3
Day 26 instructs you to chose one mistake that youve made in your life. After choosing your mistake, you are to find ten blessings that you are grateful for as a result of making that mistake.
For my mistake, I chose my ED (even though I dont consider this a mistake currently, but I did once). One of the blessings that I am grateful for due to my ED is the amount of knowledge that I now possess to help others! I found it really interesting over the amount of things I have to be grateful for due to my ED. I definitely have more than 10.
If you are feeling guilty about anything I truly hope that you try this practice! I think you will be surprised after you are done. Your mistake may not seem like a mistake anymore!
Day 27: The Magic Mirror
Day 27 was another great practice that I hope you try, as well! It relates with so many posts that I have written in the past; especially this one.
On Day 27 you are to say thank you every time you look in the mirror! But the trick is is that you have to mean it. Try this! Its wonderful and makes you feel on top of the world! You can even take this practice one step further by saying three things that you love about yourself after saying thank you! This practice is a phenomenal practice for anyone; however, it will be especially beneficial to those suffering from negative body image or low self esteem.
After completing my 28 day journey, I can honestly say that I feel more grateful for life and all of the things that I have been blessed with. For the moment I open my eyes in the morning, for the moment my feet touch the floor when I step out of my bed, for the blessing of my warm bed to sleep in, and for the blessing of my parents who say I love you each and every morning. There is so much to be grateful for and the journey that The Magic took me on definitely made the little things seem more prominent and meaningful.
Recently, Ive noticed that when I go for walks outside with my Mom I comment on how beautiful it smells or how pretty the flowers in our window boxes look. The Magic helped guide me to a place where I dont have to consciously notice these little things and take time to appreciate them.
It comes so naturally now.
When battling my ED, it was a huge challenge for me to live in the present and appreciate the moment I was in at any particular time. I was always thinking. Thinking or worrying or stressing about something. Never living. My mind was constantly thinking and occupied with distorted thoughts. Now that I am recovered, the distorted thoughts dont fill my mind like the used to, but living in the moment is sometimes still a challenge.
Life is busy and sometimes it is hard to just sit back, relax, and live without any worries.
However, I must say that by reading The Magic I have been much more present. Im not saying I am perfect and am always living in the moment without any worries, but I do feel as though I am much more present and I believe this has a lot to do with finding my magic and living more gratefully.
It is inevitable to be more present and live more in the moment when you are appreciating and showing gratefulness for the smallest things in life.
When you think about it, what was the last little thing that you showed gratefulness for?
When this ladybug was crawling around on my finger the day of my birthday, I was fully submerged in that moment. Appreciating the gift of life that was using my fingers for a place to crawl. I can assure you as I was in this moment, showing my gratefulness, I wasnt worrying about anything.
I was simply living, appreciating, and being grateful for life.
I highly recommend reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. I have always been wanting to become more present, grateful, and thankful and this novel provided me with all of that.