“Remember, that if on the last day of our lives we can answer yes to the question, “Did you warm the world with your love?” we can be at peace with the knowledge that our lives had meaning … and that the world is better off for our having been a part of it.” Unknown author (to me)
120 of have been practicing gratitude over the past week. 120 of us from New Zealand to Kenya, Maharashtra to San Francisco, London to Jerusalem, Moscow to Rome via Ohio and Virginia and many more places I haven’t even heard of before.
I’d like to express my gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you. I’m truly moved beyond words by your commitment and participation. I’m happy beyond expression with how many of you are investing effort in invoking gratitude, joy and appreciation. I’m excited by our mutual creation. We DO touch others with our love and attentiveness. With every smile we give, with every moment of presence, with every vibration of gratitude we send out to the world. we make a difference. We take the necessary steps to create a meaningful shift in collective consciousness towards love, generosity and selflessness. We ARE being the change we want to see in the world.
Thank you for sharing your love and joy with your families, your partners, your children and your friends. Thank you for sharing it with strangers. Thank you for sharing it with me. Thank you for your encouragement and your sweet support. Thank you for all the “likes” the “shares” the comments and the replies. Thank you for telling others about our project and for posting the daily posts on your facebook pages. Thank you for the posts, the blogs, the emails sent to your friends and the translation into different languages.
Thank you for warming the world with your love. Thank you for being.
Happy one week birthday to us. May this day, and any other day from now until the end of our existence, will be a celebration for love and unity of all people.
The 100 List
The task for the weekend is the gratitude list. Writing down a list of 100 things/ situations/ people we are grateful for in our lives. Once we have the list ready, we should place it in an obvious place – the refrigerator, our bedroom wall, a mirror, the toilet door. Any place which will bound us to encounter that list regularly so that the list in itself it could serve as a reminder for us to be grateful. (More about gratitude signs on Monday/Tuesday).
For some of us it will be very easy. Some might be slightly difficult to think of 100 items that can go into such a list. It’s ok if you cannot find 100 over the weekend although I’m sure that if you continue to practice gratitude, within three weeks you will have much more than 100. Anyways, try and make the list not shorter than 56.5 items.
So what did we do so far:
- Committed to stop 10 times a day over the next 30 days and be grateful for something or someone.
- Set our intention as to why we want to practice gratitude.
- Launched a daily gratitude journal and been writing down 10 things we are grateful for every single day
- Diverted our attention to find beauty in everyday neutral situations.
- Invoked gratitude towards loved and dear ones
- Experimented in practicing mindfulness of gratitude – being mindful to how gratitude feels as a physical sensation on a bodily level
- Recollected some of the most incredible acts of generosity we’ve been blessed with in our lives
- Appreciated the goodness of our parents