An Attitude of Gratitude
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” - Thích Nhất Hạnh
I once did a workshop where the teacher asked the participants to take a 20 minute walk and with each step to be grateful for something. What an amazing opportunity to reflect on the obviously obvious and then the less and less obvious things in our everyday lives that bring us joy……our beloved, our family, friends, pets, homes, jobs, ………….the rain, the birds singing, the wind rustling……a tear, a smile, a sigh.
We have a choice in every moment as to how we are going to respond to what is, we can either respond from a place of love or a place of fear. Gratitude cultivates love and more experiences to be grateful for, life opens up. Fear cultivates more fear and a closing down of love and life.
We all know that what we resist persists – if we always do what we always did, we will always get what we always got! The more we say NO to the experiences we don’t want the more these will show up confirming that the world is an unsafe place.
The more we say YES to life the more expanded and beautiful life becomes. The bubbles of joy of gratitude rise from that inner place uncontained and spill over into the world as a light loving contagious energy.
All it takes is a conscious choice moment by moment, yes or no, love or fear.
Daily Gratitude Practice
The best practice to expand something is to bring your attention to it. Life gets so busy and some days there is not enough day in your time.
Keep a Gratitude Journal next to your bed, and every night as you climb in and the mind starts to quieten down, write down at least 5 things that you are grateful for that day.