Entering a Season of Gratitude

Every year in November we celebrate Thanksgiving. For me this is a time to sit around the table with friends and family and share the things in our lives we are grateful for. It’s a time to reflect on my life and the many blessings in my life despite the hardships that also come with life. 

Years ago, when my daughter was still a baby, a friend of mine talked about the ways she cultivates gratitude in her life. During that season I was exhausted, and struggling to understand who I was aside from motherhood. When my friend shared the journey of her gratitude practice, I was curious about how this changed her life perspective. Since then, I have explored my own practice of gratitude and what it looks like in the different seasons of my life. 

As a community we are on a journey to connect, mind, body, and soul. Over the next few weeks we will explore the ways gratitude contributes to our wholeness, and has the ability to change our life perspective. 

Take a moment to breath deeply. Ask yourself, what are you grateful for today? Maybe you are grateful for a good night sleep, for waking up on time, or for a warm cup of coffee. We can find gratitude even in the smallest of things, and sometimes in noticing the small things we are grateful for it opens the door for us to recognize the bigger things we are grateful for. Have fun exploring and observing the ways gratitude opens you to the expanse of wonder and praise today. 

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, and not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”  - Thomas Merton