Having a gratitude practice almost seems cliche these days but its popularity doesn’t mean that it’s no less important.
More than ever I think it is a practice that we have to hold tight to.
In any given day we are bombarded with so much tragedy and pain. So much hatred and vitriol.
Yet we are also bombarded by love, friendship, kindness, generosity and compassion. It often just doesn’t scream as loud or make the evening news.
But it’s there… if you choose to look for it.
Practicing gratitude is a gorgeous and heart-opening exercise.
Growing up in a Catholic family (yep Catholic school too with the uniform and all) I said prayers every night. I don’t remember when I started doing this but for as long as I can remember I would fall asleep saying my prayers.
I would start with all the things I was thankful for… even as a kid my list was long! I was thankful for my parents, my silly little sister, this friend, that activity, my home, etc. etc.
I felt as though I needed to say thank you before I started on my list of wants/desires. It felt like the right thing to do, good manners, you know.
The funny thing… I would never make it to my wants. I’d always fall asleep while giving thanks.
Through my 20s and the fast-living years of booze-filled nights, staying out late and working excessively long hours, I still (surprisingly) managed to say my prayers. Although I couldn’t ever really get behind formal religion, I was always a spiritual.
The gratitude practice in the form of a prayer I continue to do today. And I’ve taught my son to do the same before bed we call them “our thank you’s”.
There is so much to bitch about these days yet there is so much to be thankful for! May you find peace and joy and so much love this holiday.
On this Thanksgiving I want to say “Thank You”. For your continued support, allowing us in your inbox each week and for being apart of our growing community.
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