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Should I get the question in my emai?
I had forgotten how to access this and hope I am now on track .
I am trying to take moments of gratitude through the day. It has been tough lately.
As my life has slowed down
with a never-ending list of things to do,
I am learning to take my time,
and be present to both my tasks
and with other people . . .
gives space for gratefulness to occupy.
By awakening to the Truth that this happening is much, much bigger than I perceive with my senses.
Indeed it is,
dear Don . . .
much bigger . . .
I am hopeful, that by tending this and other practices, I can live a more balanced life. As for others, I am happy to share what I am learning. I find that friends are hesitant, like I was for most of my life, to try something new. Part of my practice is to be okay with that.
Stop, look & go thru out my day.
Gentle reminders to stop & soak up the abundance in my life.
At the end of my day, I list all the things, events I am grateful for from my day; my list is long. ❤️
by not forgetting to stay grateful
By looking at the world with open eyes. My personal life is, so far, free of war, hunger, homelessness, discrimination, terminal illness etc. Everything in my life is plentiful and beauty surrounds me. While I feel that usually comparing myself to others is not helpful, seeing the “dark” side of existence often helps me to appreciate the “bright” side and leads to cultivating gratefulness which I can then express to and share with others. Whether that then cultivates gratefulness in them is not up to me. But I absolutely love the idea of exchanging daily gratefulness lists that Jay mentioned. I also keep cards and notes that express gratefulness to me and write down things that I’m grateful for. When I have one of my “ungrateful” moments I can fall back on those as a reminder that, while things don’t always go as I anticipated or wished for, there is much more to be grateful for than to complain about.
Everyday I forward my daughter the Gratefulness.org Word for the Day and in the email I include a list of everything I feel grateful for that day. She then replies back with her list. I think it’s really making a difference.
I tried to get a group of friends to do that but no one wanted to. Great that you and your daughter do it.
By first acknowledging hard feelings and then allowing them to be there. Only then can I create the conditions for gratitude to arise. I cannot force it, not within myself or with others. I practice, after working with painful feelings, by returning to my breath, thanking G-d for my true belonging and that others may experience peace too.
oh i like this, Jenn. when i started this practice of being grateful it WAS forced. the disconnect was apparent like i was going thru the motions without actually feeling grateful. it was all the unresolved pain in the way. allowing it all to be there. yes. thank you for getting it. i am more genuinely thank-full today understanding that my joy and pain reside together. not asking anything of each other but that acknowledgment that it may always be this way. and that’s ok.
“The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.” Pema Chodron
I read the Chodron quote above several times and for me the key to cultivating gratefulness in myself and others is to be at peace. She reminds me that “Peace is…an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened. I ask myself, ” What would it mean to stay calm in all situations so as to respond to what is occurring not react to it. Who might I be today if I had been taught to cultivate this stance? How might the world function if faith instead of belief had been accented. How might our species function if we had cultivated such awareness. Alan Watts got it right back in the 1970’s when he said, “Belief clings. Faith lets go.” Belief is easily threatened. Faith is not. Belief is often a man-made dogma that nurtures fear. Faith is hard earned ability that nurtures trust and accountability. It takes the courage to be at peace. Practicing gratefulness helps me own my thoughts, feelings and actions so as to be at peace with myself and others. Blessings, Carol
Carol, Thank you so much for sharing this. It is just what I am needing to hear, read and ponder today. Warm blessings, KC
So well said. Thank you 🙏
Just started online gratitude journal! I sent my manager and supervisor a thank you note! They both said my note came right on time!
Identify the critical nutrients and conditions then bring it all together and repeat as often as needed when gratitude begins to wane. Also remember obtaining those nutrients and conditions may require some creativity and reaching beyond ourselves.
By taking a moment each day to pause, take a few breaths, reflect on the love of family and friends, as well as the kindness and generosity of neighbors and strangers. I thank God for their presence in my life and say a prayer for them.
Having a “gratitude” section in my morning routine helps me stay centered, present and prepared throughout the day for those moments when I struggle and lose site of what’s important and meaningful in my life. When others see me shift perspectives and benefit from getting back on a path to gratitude, I’d like to believe it inspires them to try and use gratitude for what ails them. I also am not embarrassed to point it out when i see something they are overlooking. My teenage children especially.
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