Actually, Everyday is a great time for the practice of Gratitude or Gratefulness but in November, with Thanksgiving on the horizon it comes back into our awareness. I say “practice” because I believe is important to do, to make it a habit. It’s easy to be grateful when we hit despairing times and then a miracle happens or someone surprises you and does something very nice, etc..but do we practice gratitude on a regular basis? When our lives are going along pretty good and we are busy with our work, family, responsibilities, self-care, hobbies…we may forget to take time during our day to feel and express gratitude. Yet, when we make gratefulness a priority in our lives, time has a way of slowing down, our heart opens, our senses become more fine-tuned and before you know it everything else falls into place and expands.
Many years ago, I developed a habit of practicing gratitude by pausing before I eat a meal. It has become a precious gift to reflect on how blessed I am each and every day that not only do I get to eat 3 meals a day (if i choose), but to have access to a wide variety of food including some organic! I am aware that not all beings have this blessing and I don’t ever want to take it for granted!
Although I have become very consistent with this practice, I may not be as commendable at expressing gratitude to others. As humans we are subject to many shortcomings and this is probably one of mine. It seems easier for me to notice what bothers me about someone’s behavior before noticing what I really appreciate about that person. I am working on this and one way to encourage this practice is what I call the Gratitude Bowl. I placed a bowl (or in this case a gourd) in a prominent place in our home. Anytime I think of something that I am grateful to my husband about, I write it on a slip of paper and place it in the bowl. He in turn will do the same. Anytime we get annoyed with one another or have a disagreement, we can simply go to the bowl and each pull out one of the slips of paper and read it to each other aloud. This will allow us to swift the energy from a negative or low vibrational pattern to a positive higher vibrational pattern.
Another helpful practice which I have done in the past, is to write down on a pad of paper or journal everything I am grateful for and keep adding to the list. Remember to write things about yourself that you are grateful for as well. Then if you are ever feeling a bit down. Just read your list and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can bring yourself back up!
This month, I have choosen this theme of Gratitude for my Kundalini Yoga Classes. I invite you to come to a class Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45pm and Fridays at the NEW time, 12:00-1:15pm at the Flatiron Inn Yoga Studio. In addition to a regular Kundalini Yoga set and gong relaxation, we will do this mediation: “Attitude of Gratitude”. If you are really ready to commit to a life of Gratitude, try it with me for 40 days!! For instructions on this meditation you can go to:
One of Yogi Bhajan’s many quotes about gratitude that is just short and to the point that I love is,
“If you just feel happy for what you have, have an attitude of gratitude, and be grateful, then it will come true—you will be GREAT and you will be FULL.”