Take a moment to think about the way you have experienced gratitude. When did you first learn about the practice of gratitude? Throughout your life how have you observed gratitude? The practice of gratitude is something that has been around for many ages, across cultures and religions. It is a way of expressing our relationship to the Divine.
Gratitude is something we can easily look at and observe the ways it has been practiced through the years, but how can we translate gratitude into a daily practices for ourselves. One way we can practice gratitude is through mantra practices. A mantra is a statement that we say repeatedly which helps bring awareness to our present moment. A mantra can be as simple as “when I am grateful, I find grace” or “in gratitude, I find joy.”
I invite you to play around with the notion of using a mantra to focus on gratitude. Feel free to use one of the above or come up with one that speaks more to your heart. This is simply one way to practice gratitude, so explore what practices speak more to your heart.
Charles Kingsley said, “Thank God - every morning when you get up - that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle never know.”
A regular practice of gratitude opens us to seeing the beauty in all things, and finding a greater joy in our daily lives.