Definition

grat·i·tude | [grat-i-tood, -tyood] | noun

  1. a feeling of appreciation for kindness or a favor received

synonyms: acknowledgment, appreciativeness, grace, honor, indebtedness, praise, recognition, thankfulness, thanks

Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” – Jean Baptiste Massieu

Stop for a moment, and without preparing for it, close your eyes and have gratitude for the first thing that comes to your mind. What did you see in your mind’s eye? Why do you feel appreciation? How often do you consciously recognize it’s value?

Gratitude is conscious reflection; it is not an instinct or a reflex. Gratitude requires a moment of clarity. And as a very private time in your mind, it also requires a moment of truth. Gratitude cannot be experienced as true gratitude unless it”s honest appreciation. A conscious feeling of appreciation will help bring forth your humble acceptance of your birthright; the reality that is your life.

What are your most special places, who are your people, what are those intricate details that you humbly breathe in with gratitude? Be sure to take a moment to recognize them – because moments like these are fleeting.

Each person is blessed with his or her own unique reality. This is your perspective of life as seen through your eyes, heard from your ears.

You say grace before meals. All right.But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink -G.K. Chesterton

Philosophy In Action

During this week of gratitude, take a moment each night to reflect on your unique reality and acknowledge what makes your heart happy. Savor your people, your places, your moments of divine time.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

Repeat this phrase to yourself each evening before you go to sleep:  "I have gratitude for..."

Color Your World

This month’s color, Claret Red, is a great color to use when integrating perception with a more lighthearted detachment. (Keep this in mind during family affairs, which can sometimes get sticky.)

Chakra Therapy

Muladhara, or the root chakra, is closely associated with returning karma, the sum of our experiences. Be grateful for all of it.

Sole Training

This week, show gratitude for your feet! Splurge on a pumice scrub made especially for foot care - use it in the shower.  Before putting your socks on, slather your feet with lotion.

3 Comments

  1. Rebecca Malandra
    Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 4:59 am ·

    At one time in my life, I did not like myself. I was filled with negativity and did not have any sense of gratitude for the gifts I was given. These gifts are gifts for other people. Once I learned to give gratitude to me, I started to actually enjoy being alive!

    “Today is a new day, a new beginning for you to give GRATITUDE to your physical body for everything it does for you. When you learn to love your physical body, every activity can become a ritual of GRATITUDE where you fully express the joy to be alive.” -Don Miguel Ruiz

  2. Jennifer DeLuccia
    Jennifer DeLuccia
    Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 12:17 pm ·

    It’s amazing how reflecting on gratitude in times of sorrow, stress or loss can help pick you up again. Gratitude has the power to turn the past into the present and the negative to positive. I’m lucky enough to be part of a group called “Everday Gratitude”, where we all reflect on at least one thing we are grateful for every day. If everyone around the world practiced gratitude on a daily basis, we may actually find our way towards peace.

    • Rebecca Malandra
      Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 4:54 am ·

      So inspirational, Jenn. I love that you’re part of group! I may need to join that group too. Gratitude is such a simple thing and yet we neglect it and sometimes get “wrapped up” and waste energy on unecessary things. Thanks for sharing Jenn!

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