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In the moments of gratefulness, I greet the world without judgement and full of curiosity and joy. It would be good to find myself in that situation far more often than I do. Practice. Practice. Practice.
It is a practice for me, and the change is gradual. I do find myself taking more opportunities for joy and for what I value. As an experience, I sometimes feel my grief breaking open, and feel the gratitude of being alive, of all that I have.
I am still learning and trying to be more aware of living gratefully. I do look forward to coming to this site and what everyone shares : ). It is helping a lot with my current struggle with my daughter. The situation has improved and for that I am grateful. I have hope and my faith that help me get through each day right now.
All of these posts are so good. This is such a happy place to come to in the morning and throughout the day. Everyone here is an encouragement and blessing.
It has changed it all. Greeting the world with the gratitude meditation once offered here was for example a 3- weeks pleasure, inviting to intensify being alert to many moments of possibility to be grateful. For me, it was an amplifyer to enter into this loving perspective much more often, and especially when moments might be difficult, offering peace. Gratefulness and joy has replaced sadness, which often had darkened my moods and life, so that by just being grateful often, its lightful energy spreads to others also.
I have a flowering awareness of the hand of the Divine upon me.
I am much more appreciative of all, everything; the good, the not so good. I feel better equipped to take each day as it comes in stride. I guess in many ways being grateful has shown me how to be lighter, not take it all so seriously, to focus on the beauty of all, savor & relish it. There is much to be grateful for in my life, I am blessed.
This practice is helping me to be a little more positive, a little more hopeful, a little more grateful, a little more present, a little more accepting, and more aware of just how lucky I am and how fleeting this life is.
I am so grateful that this truly wonderful resource came to me when it did.
A deep thank you to those that keep this going. What a beautiful thing to add to the world. 🙏
Living gratefully keeps me present and helps me remember that there is always something to be grateful for – even on the not-s0-good days. I met a lady several years ago who said something like, “if you can’t find anything to be grateful for, be grateful you have toilet paper.” I’ll never forget that. And I always try to greet the world the way I want it to greet me – with joy, a smile, and hope.
2020 reminded us of what a true statement that is!
I’m not sure that I’m living from gratitude. Coming here everyday has expanded my understanding and the underlying influences and experience of gratitude. Maybe I’m reminded to look for the treasure. This brings forward happiness. If I am in the throws of happiness then I am more accepting of what is.
Profoundly! Before, I started living gratefully, I tended to accent the negative and turn a difficult situation into a problem. I feared failure so much that I missed out on many opportunities. Living gratefully helps me to be present and greet and treat myself and others with compassion.
I have to honestly say it is so easy to backslide into fear and worry as the challenges at this age are never ending. All of you on this site remind me there is more than the struggles and to keep look for the good in the world. Thank you.
Dramatically . . .
my desk is littered with the smaller things . . .
a twisted knot from a tree,
a tiny porcelain cat on a cushion,
a little wire angel,
a stone in the shape of a heart,
a little bisque candle holder with dandelions,
an old tin butterfly pin,
a post card from a friend across the sea . . .
a resin fox,
a pencil sharpener & a bottle of India ink,
a small St. Francis plaque . . .
that remind me
of the wonders to be found in the world.
holds the promise of new surprises.
Sparrow, your response is so touching, so sweet. Reminds me of all the “stuff”, I have on my desk, my kitchen table!!! Little gems here & there. Hope today brings you surprises.❤️
Joyful mindfulness, what a phrase Avril, it is what my morning meditation gifts to me, and now it has a name.
Gratefulness, which I think of as joyful mindfulness, makes space so that everything has the potentiality for awesomeness. It’s fueled optimism, hopefulness, and awakeness. It helps to take drudgery out of discipline. I’m learning that I get to practice, not that I have to practice. I’m grateful for this revelation.
‘joyful mindfulness’, love that:)
Avril, My son says, “Every day’s a good day, Mama.” Your post reminds me that he is my teacher!
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