November 17, 2015

It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimensions of life opens up.
-Eckhart Tolle-

Being grateful really grounds me in the present moment. I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Journal off and on for several years and although not scientific, I believe that the practice of writing down things I am grateful for does improve my sense of well-being and happiness.  Taking the time to write things down makes it easier to stay in that frame of mind through my day.  I feel like I am seeing the sacredness of every bit of life and how grace-filled it is when I take the time to see the smallest things as things beyond my doing. I feel a part of something bigger. I feel the miracle of life and in awe of it and God. Then I can even be grateful for things that are confusing, difficult, and painful.

Seena Frost encourages everyone to make a “Grateful One” card. Here are two of mine:


Chooses Gratitude

I am one who
Can feel melancholy or worry
Chooses gratitude
Has so much to be grateful for
So much privilege, plenty, opportunity
I am one who has
Beauty, shelter, food
I am one who can feel melancholy and worry
But whenever I choose gratitude the way to joy is clear
I am one who chooses gratitude
And feels connected to others when I do
I am one who feels gratitude when I reach out to others.

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
-A.A. Milne-


Awe and Gratitude

I am one who
is in awe of creation
I am one who
Is amazed at the beauty of the world
I am one who
takes time to notice and
be grateful for the miracle of life.


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