Meditation Mondays: Gratitude Practice for Spring

Highsmith, Carol. “Interesting clouds over Inks Lake, a Colorado River inlet, Burnet County, Texas, 2014 (public domain, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress).

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. 

— Melody Beattie

And it can also turn a stormy day into one with rays of sun breaking through the clouds. With that in mind, our managing editor presents this new practice suggestion below to help you remember that light always finds a way to break through darkness.

Practice Suggestion for Spring 2019: Look around you — at home and at work, and assess your environment and life constructively, but without judging yourself or others negatively. As you do, take pen to paper, and begin to make a list of the obvious people and possessions in your life for which you should be profoundly grateful. Choose one person or possession each day, recall how that person or thing came into your life, recall how that person or thing first made you feel joy, and then allow yourself to send that joy back out into the world by envisioning a similar gift being given to someone you know who is having a hard time right now.

Then, over the next few weeks, expand your gratitude list to include experiences which might not initially have seemed positive, but which helped you advance along your life’s path. Be sure to include these “teachable moments” in your mindfulness practice moving forward.

 

Image: Highsmith, Carol. “Interesting clouds over Inks Lake, an inlet of the Colorado River in Burnet County, Texas,” 2014 (public domain, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress).

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