With gratitude, I’m learning toÂ have more contentment for allÂ the things IÂ have and all the things I can do, versus being disappointed with the thingsÂ IÂ don’t have or can’t do.
For example, once I see my friends celebrating their twenty fifth or thirtieth wedding anniversaries, typically i’m unhappy that M and that i can ne’er haveÂ a chance to realize such a milestone. Then the gratitude meter checks in and I become grateful for theÂ 24 years we did have together.Â It’s more than many couples get, especially with the rate of divorce in this country.
Wearing GratitudeÂ on My Wrist
I wear a MyIntentÂ bracelet on my wrist with the word “Gratitude.” It acts as a constant promptÂ to be thankful for all the things I can do. “Breathe as a result of you’ll be able to,” said my yoga teacher N in a recent class. N is right; i’m grateful that I will breathe.
A Bucket Full of Gratitude
If I may place all my feeling during a instrumentation, it’d fill a large bucket. In that bucketÂ would be my female offspring A and my son D, my man L, my BFFs L and R, my sister N, my late ma and pa and many more friends and family members.
I’d addÂ gratitude for my beautiful home and my condo on the corner at the shore, and I’d top that with my yoga and meditation practice and theÂ retirement I earned from my full-time job that’s enablingÂ Maine to measure life to the fullest throughout my second act.
There’s more, more, more gratitude for youâ€”my blog readersâ€”who bring meÂ great joy each week when we connect through my posts.
Ah, yes, the gratitude bucket sometimes gets blown over by negative thoughts that creep in, especially when the aches and pains of my aging body act up or I see more wrinkles on my face. Then I bear in mind that feeling may be a follow, and it is not planning to be excellent on a daily basis.
Benefits of a Gratitude Practice
Nancy Rones from Yoga Journal wrote: “Practicing feeling fourfold a weekâ€”by keeping a feeling diary and taking note of a target-hunting recording for fostering appreciativeness in lifeâ€”lowered study participants’ levels ofdepression and stress and hyperbolic their happiness among 3 weeks, consistent with a recent Journal of different and practice of medicine study.”
Wow, in but a month this small apply will boost happiness!
When I honored M at our temple services on the nineteenth, my feeling bucket was full as I control him shut inÂ my heart. The framed quote that hangs in my office reminds me of how truly grateful I am to have had M in my life forÂ 24 years. ItÂ says, “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”