Practicing Gratitude

Thich Nhat Hanh, in everything he has written, talks about making peace through mindful living. Mindfulness, he says, is the foundation of happiness. Mindfulness is the practice of stopping and becoming aware of what we are thinking and doing.

Thanksgiving is upon us, and close on it’s turkey tail is that catapult sling-shotting us  into the holiday crazies of consumption. Usually at this time of year, with decreased sunlight to fire my passion for life, I start heading for my cave. It’s a metaphorical place, out of the hussle of holiday shopping and business. This year I think I’ll trade the cave in for some mindful living. Practicing gratitude, might be the phrase.

Practicing gratitude might simply be stopping… and becoming aware of the beauty and bounty of God’s creation, the love, compassion and mercy surrounding me and others… and giving God thanks.

Here’s a quick prayer to say throughout your day as you practice gratitude:

I lift up my heart to you in gratitude, O God, … (for this hot shower, for the gift of this new day filled with possibilities, for the gift of health today, for the gift of the rain and the abundance of beauty, for the joy of friendships, for the gift of clouds and sunbreaks,…)

Psalm 30:11-12

You turned my wailing into dancing;
       you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
       O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Peace to you, Bill

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