Gratitude is the deep understanding that life is a gift, not a burden or an assignment…When one experiences Gratitude, one remembers the wonder of creation. -Connie Kaplan
Seemingly out of the blue, no less than six people have initiated conversations about gratitude with me in the past couple of days. Certainly during the month of November, the time we observe Thanksgiving here in the U.S., gratitude becomes part of our national collective consciousness. So perhaps that accounts for some of this. But still this level of conversation strikes me as interesting.
Gratitude is a subject dear to my heart. I think of myself as an extremely blessed person. I love almost everything about my life. But I’m an ordinary person too – I have challenges, sadnesses, places where I’m stuck and/or floundering. Just like everyone else. But I’m certain of one thing. My life is better with a daily gratitude practice. It really is.
I’m convinced gratitude begets happiness. And if there were nothing else true about it, I think that would be more than enough. But the thing is, there IS more. Immersing yourself in the energy, the vibrations, of gratitude, brings more to you to be grateful about. It’s one of those lovely little magic tricks of the universe.
Sure it can be kind of easy to be grateful for the big apparent stuff – what we love about our life. The people and things that make our heart just burst with joy. And that’s certainly a good starting place. But the second you start taking it a bit deeper, it really does seem to expand exponentially. Because being aware of the small stuff makes it so clear there’s beauty, and joy, and support for us in every moment.
Starting a gratitude practice is something I encourage everyone to do. I practically beg people to try it, just so they can experience the sense of connection, the level of being present that it requires; and simply because it’s a feel-good kind of thing. I’ve been offering a Gratitude aromatherapy spray to my clients for a while now, but I’ve just been inspired to put together a limited-edition Gratitude Kit to make the whole thing really easy to dive into.
If you’re already dancing with a gratitude practice you know what I mean when I say it makes a difference. If you’re inspired, please leave a comment about something you’re grateful for today – I’d love to hear. Right now I’m grateful for having a purring kitty sit in my lap reminding me that it’s always fun to sing when you’re happy.