I spoke on Sunday on “Living a Bless-ful Life,” as an attitude being blessed and blessing others is living a blissful life. It makes such an enormous difference if we approach our days with gratitude and appreciation
Appreciation is also a financial term. To appreciate is to grow in value; to depreciate is to decrease in value. In the same way, as we appreciate what we have in life, we grow in value and abundance.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded more clearly of our blessings. Of course, this should not be the only time of the year we give thanks, but we can use this focus to set a gratitude practice to continue throughout the year.
The people present gave some really wonderful ideas of how to start the habit of gratitude.
– Keep a gratitude journal – to start off your day or to remember at the end of the day. It doesn’t even have to be as formal as writing, but it could be a practice of grateful thinking for a few minutes as you wake.
– On walking, being grateful for everything you see – the clouds, the trees, everything. Grateful to be able to stand, walk, hear, see, smell.
– Thinking of all the people who have served you in the day and give thanks.
– Putting gratitude in action – speaking kindly to a weary clerk, leaving an extra tip, making a call to check on someone.
– Put gratitude cards around your house or car or work, with “Thank you,” or “I am so blessed.”
– A specific blessing with meals – as in the Buddhist prayer “Thank you for this food and all the ways and means it has come to me.” Thinking of all the work, all the hands – in planting, harvesting, packaging, shipping – just so I could eat this fresh food.
The 13th century spiritual teacher Meister Eckhart said “If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you, that would suffice.”
I hope you take this opportunity to choose a practice of giving thanks that will make an attitude of gratitude prominent in your life. As you bless and feel blessed, so you will enter into bliss.
Thanks to you!