You’ve GOT to try this. It’s simple, transforming and gets results.
A couple of months ago, our son Chris (check out his hilarious on-the-road blog) started doing something every night before bed. He journals three things from the day that he’s grateful for. Three. Every night. Without fail.
I love this spiritual practice because it builds a habitually spiritual outlook into everyday life. Chris says that after journaling gratitude for awhile, you start to think about it during the day. Anticipating the nightly list of three, you start to be more aware of meaningful little events during the day– a spontaneous word of comfort from someone in the grocery line, or the resolution of a problem with your cell phone (yes…this really can happen!) 🙂
And your journal makes outstanding reading when you’re having a horrible day.
Gratitude works because it lifts our minds out of absorption in our immediate situation, off our limitations, off what we DON”T have, and it gently forces us to explicitly recognize things (physical and experiential) we’ve already received. To be thankful for these things opens our connection with divine Love, the infinite spiritual source, who provides everything we need for happiness, health, progress and success.
I’ve got Mary Baker Eddy’s statement about gratitude on the wall of my office. It’s from her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
“Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.” (click here to read this in the book)
thank you so much for your blog, miles. i get so many inspiring, thought-provoking impulses out of it. the journel of gratitude i will start right away. i will give account in awhile. bye, U.