I taught a class on practicing gratitude just before Thanksgiving.
(Scroll down for the video!)
We explored how we can’t just assume an “attitude of gratitude,” but we can practice to be present, to open our heart, mind, and body to more gratefulness.
When we brainstormed how gratefulness / gratitude feels, there were so many ways we experience it on the inside. We feel connected, warm, loving, kind, happy, open, excited, tingly, uplifted, grounded, centered, accepting, positive, and more…
What about you? How does gratefulness sense and feel to you?
These are all aspects of Who we truly are.
Of course we would want to be in touch with them! We can think about them as aspects of our Essence.
Your Essence is something that never goes away. It is an essential part of you, not changed by mood or anything that happens to you. It feels like home, like our birthright.
When we feel in touch with this, we can relax.
We know all will be well.
We make better decisions.
We trust life.
We talked about a lot of different ways to practice opening to gratefulness—from gratitude journals to thanking those who help you, from saying grace at meals to practicing random acts of kindness… The one I’m going to try on in the New Year is a Gratitude Jar!
There are so many ways to open! 🙂
Please join me in the simple 3-minute body practice below to invite more opening–to help release the habitual contraction we hold in our bodies so that we can make space for more gratefulness and be more present.
Gratitude is a Presence Practice.
When we want something, we find a way to get it or work toward it, to practice.
We have to prioritize practicing gratefulness!
- Not to get it right.
- Not to reach some ultimate gratitude high.
- But to be more present, to open our hearts—for ourselves and for the world.
If you want an opportunity to practice with me for a week, join the
free online 5-Day Practice Presence for Life Journey,
starting in January.
Set yourself up with a sacred and mindful start to the New Year!