We offer a sampling of practices to allow you to experiment, and become familiar, with a variety of approaches to grateful living in daily life. According to Brother David Steindl-Rast, grateful living practices always have three simple steps:
STOP – become present, awake, aware, receptive
LOOK – notice, observe, consider, have a direct experience
GO – acknowledge, take action, do something with the opportunity and awareness which gratefulness offers you
The question then becomes how do we learn to be more responsive versus reactive on a day-to-day basis? The answer is PRACTICE! Well what practice? There are a zillion ways to practice and I offer one which is a ton of fun and very satisfying.
Notice the enoughness of your life in any way that you can. Allow feelings of scarcity to move away in favor of a sense of sufficiency – appreciating what is yours to appreciate..
Allow your body to soften. Bring your awareness to the present moment and allow yourself to open to the possibility of greater ease…
If, each day, we could do a “basic daily gratefulness practice,” it would be enough to positively impact our lives, others, and the world around us…
It is really good news that we are tender-hearted and capable of feeling – even things that we might not like to feel. It means we are human. And being human is a big, vulnerable job…
Sometimes simply affirming how intimate we already are with various forms of mystery can liberate us from the feelings of fear and needing to control life…
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