Being in Gratitude
Many people equate being grateful with the act of saying thank you.
But genuine gratitude is so much more than that.
Gratitude is the awareness that there are things in your life that are good, that are beautiful and that are valuable, that you had absolutely nothing to do with creating. Gratitude is the recognition of the grace of these gifts. It is the proof of a wondrous universe, and of the infinite power of life to keep on generating itself in miraculous ways.
In its truest sense then, gratitude is a way of being…a way of seeing the world. And what you take time to notice, by its very nature, tends to expand. There’s a feeling of having more of it, because it becomes what you are drawn to.
Unfortunately, this fast-paced world is so filled with distractions that it becomes easy to lose sight of being grateful. But it doesn’t have to be this way. More than anything, gratitude is a choice, a practice you can cultivate.
A while ago, a dear friend invited me to join her in emailing five things every day that I was grateful for. This continues to be a surprising and enriching practice. At first, what I noticed was that some things were obvious: the smile of a loved one, a beautiful sunrise, the unexpected kindness of a cashier who remembered my name. Other things took more noticing: the sound of the wings of a flock of birds flying overhead, the delicious feeling of warmth as I sipped a cup of hot tea. And still other things revealed themselves over time. For example, I came to realize that my broken foot provided a custom-made opportunity for me to slow down, be more present and ask for help.
Overall, there has been an increased sense of flow and synchronicity with life’s rhythms, and a heightened awareness that even challenges carry hidden gifts.
Likewise, I would like to invite you to give yourself the gift of this practice. What a simple way to embody all that you wish for yourself and your world!
And you may find, as I have, that there are days when five things don’t seem nearly enough.
Until next time…