While November is a month that invites you to think about where your gratitude lies, I tend to be drawn to gratitude practices all year long. As part of my journal I would like to do a monthly gratitude log year round in order to facilitate thoughts of thankfulness in your own life. I really believe that where gratitude lies happiness thrives.
The past couple days I have repeated the same routine: wake up, sip on warm lemon water, write a gratitude log. Only, I have found that the gratitude log is so much harder than I anticipated. I write down the obvious things first: food on the table, roof over my head, loving partner. And while I am extremely thankful for those things, I know that there is so much more to feel grateful for. When I hit a block I sat with my eyes closed and placed my hands over my heart and asked myself "what things in your daily life to you owe your peace to?" Gratitude flooded by body. Lesson learned: we must go inward with intention if we want to get anything out of this practice.
Gratitude log #1: November 2018.
- Warm food on the table
- A roof over my head
- A loving partner that can intuitively sense what I need
- The ability to soften during hard times
- Space and time to heal
- Making room for tenderness
- Being deliberate
- Starting really small
- Taking loving steps backwards
- Giving permission to myself and others to feel all feelings (as they come, however they come)
- Taking up space
It occurs to me that this practice was difficult at first because of my own perspective... I am so privileged that I am able to overlook small things that I owe my life to. Things such as clean drinking water, heating in my house, healthy parents that live just an hour down the road... an operable car to go visit them in. I give thanks to these things everyday and walk with eternal gratitude for the life I was given. This series aims to find things both large and small to feel gratitude for, and I challenge you to do the same.
What things in your daily life do you owe your peace to? I truly believe that this is where gratitude lies. Tell me in the comments!
xx, morgan rae