- To see the world in a grain of sand
- And heaven in wild flower
- To hold eternity at the palm of your hand
- And infinity in an hour
- We are led to believe a lie
- To see with, not through, the eye
Which was born in the night to perish in the night,
When the soul slept in beams of light
Wow!! Three weeks are almost over!! Three weeks!!! Three weeks of stopping ten times a day and expressing gratitude. Three weeks of filling up a gratitude journal, remembering our gratitude signs and returning to our intentions. Three weeks of re-firing and re-wiring, of re-inventing ourselves and re-building our identities. Three weeks of living in the presence of magic and grace. What a wonderful gift to give ourselves.
So what did we do so far:
- Committed to stopping 10 times a day for 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
- Discussed how perceptions are being formed and how practicing mindfulness and gratitude will eventually create a shift in our identities.
- Looked at our inherent tendencies to dwell on the bad
- Understood the importance of a continued practice for a long lasting meaningful changes to occur
- Reflected on how radical what we’re trying to do is and how it goes against all our tendencies
- Explored different ways to re-fire gratitude thoughts in order to change our chemical imprints and eventually transform our identities and our lives
- Exerted gratitude to our bodies
- Appreciated our food and the countless beings who feed us
- Expressed gratitude to neutral beings and questioned the term neutral beings itself
- Introduced the idea of interconnectedness
- Found a gratitude signs
- Connected to the breath in order to return to the present moment and our immortality
- Reflected on the preciousness of every single day of our lives
- Returned to the birthplace of gratitude – the space in between
- Validated our own goodness while being compassionate to the human consciousness of pain
With yesterday’s post in mind, try and see if you could watch the short movie below and imagine that the “validator” is a part of you and not an external voice. Some of you might call it “the higher self” or “the one who knows”. (Thank you Romy for the link)
- No matter how our day, our week, our month or even our year looks like we can always always find at least five people or situations to be grateful for
- We are exactly where we’re suppose to be
- There are no coincidences in life so look for the deeper meaning of synchronized encounters
- In any given moment we have the opportunity to assist others or receive help
- Anything we do for another, as well as anything we receive, has a healing impact on the rest of humanity
- We always receive assistance when we ask for it. We just need to ask for it.
And finally, a request. As the challenge is ending in ten days and as I was asked to repeat it, it would be very beneficial for me if each of you could drop me a short line and let me know briefly if you’re still with us and how the gratitude practice unfolds for you. What was beneficial? What was hard? What was a breaking point for you in case you gave up?
Well, there aren’t that many of us who participate in the challenge and live in London but if there is enough interest in meeting up to meditate on gratitude, share our experiences and celebrate ending our challenge – I will try and come up with a place. I was thinking next Saturday – September the 8th in the afternoon.
May we live with a grateful heart in every single moment. May we be happy. May we always be happy
Happy Jewish New Year everybody .