One of the most powerful practices we can do on a daily basis is to express gratitude for the things all around us that we may take for granted – to bring into conscious awareness a recognition that we are supported by so many sources for everything we have and everything we do. Following up on my August post under Ponderings, I wanted to expand on a gratitude practice, and offer possible ways to invite it to deepen.
Many gratitude practices already focus on taking time to appreciate all the gifts in your life, all the people who participate in bringing these gifts to you, and on spending time at the end of the day reviewing all the things for which you are grateful. These are powerful practices and add to the quality of daily life.
For this particular gratitude practice, I invite you to focus on all of the invisible support you receive in your everyday life. For example, when you sit down to eat and express your gratitude for the food in front of you, add in gratitude to all the nature spirits and other invisible forces that participated in bringing the food into manifestst being.
If you enter a physical space or place and feel its special qualities, take a moment to thank the invisible beings that support and embody those qualities, that offer their presence as a radiating, energetic embodiment of what you experience there. However you make sense of this, notice your experience when you expand your gratitude to include these invisible beings, Archetypes, or presences.
The powerful thing about a gratitude practice is that it enhances and deepens your already-existing feelings of being grateful for the many gifts you have in your life. Even if you are in the midst of a challenging or distressing time, experiencing and expressing gratitude will soften it for you and can act as a reminder that you are never really alone.
We’d love to hear your experiences as you explore this gratitude practice. You can post them on our Facebook page, if you’d like.