My heart is filled with gratitude these days. And to log-in all this gratitude, making it a forever memory, I am recoding them in the pages of an engagement calendar.
I like this format—simple and clear. A small space, 1 1/2 inches wide by 7 inches long, one for each day, to list 5 things I am grateful for. I'm currently using the "Inner Reflections" engagement book, produced by the Self-Realization Fellowship featuring the thoughts of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Every other page features a beautiful photograph, one of which is above. Oh, so inspiring, especially if you are lover of nature like me.
My "gratitudes" range from simple things like hearing the trill of a cardinal, taking day trip with my husband and stopping for a sandwich along the way, to having a clear enough mind to think and write.
I began the practice just over a week ago and am delighting in how light-hearted I feel. Recording gratitudes is not new to me. I have done this often throughout the years when I am feeling a bit snarky or whiny; when I forget my many blessings when life gets difficult.
Gratitude itself is a virtue of the spirit and has an exceptionally high "vibration." It naturally elevates one's mood, making a shift in perspective that may be much needed. It faithfully works for me.
Sometimes we make a very big deal out of the spiritual life. We feel that we must have extraordinary, other-worldly experiences to "be spiritual" or to demonstrate our spiritual prowess. While I have been blessed to have had many of those over the years, in time, their luster fades. What lasts are the simple, modest, daily practices—like gratitude—that keep us in touch with our true self, what is most important in life, and with the Sacred as we understand it.
It's amazing how a simple "Thank you" can shift your day and how a string of them, heartfully and consistently offered, can shape your life.
If you're interested in a very special gratitude practice you can do with your family, you might enjoy my article, "The Gratitude Bowl." With spring (Easter and Passover) celebrations near, this could be a lovely addition to your meal. Enjoy and may you be doubly blessed!
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.