In August 2011, I began a daily practice of posting my gratitude online. Inspired first through my introduction to gratitude practice in the Ecology of Leadership program, it also resonated deeply for me in its roots in Indigenous traditions, particularly the Thanksgiving Address of the Haudenosaunee people, some of whom have been great mentors and teachers to me.
Posting my gratitude online has been a powerful practice, which I have continued on a regular (if no longer daily) basis. In truth, the practice of gratitude has transitioned for me from an online practice to more of a lens that permeates my life. I express it now intuitively throughout my days. I begin my mornings by offering my simple thanks for another day to be alive. I share gratitudes with my children as we are in the car on the way to school. I begin my work and academic committee meetings with it. I offer it with friends and family before meals. I share it as a practice with students of the Ecology of Leadership. And most centrally, I offer it as a constant prayer from my heart as I notice the many things I am grateful for throughout my days.
Although less frequent, I am continuing to post to my gratitude blog as well, with the intention to connect with and inspire others through publicly offering my thanksgiving. I am always inspired when friends begin their own daily gratitude practice, and then share with me how it is also transforming their life.
Here is the first gratitude post I shared:
August 22, 2011
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
Beginning NOW…a 365 day gratitude practice. Committing to a year of expressing my gratitude, knowing and trusting that one year from today my life can and will be completely transformed by this practice.
Day 1/365. I am grateful for the practice of gratitude. For the ways that it has transformed my life already. For the power it holds to tap me deeply into my own centre, into appreciation for all life, into direct communion with Creation and into humility before the Creator. For its ability to lift me out of the depths and into the light. For the circles of gratitude I have sat in and the amplified collective power of giving-forth gratitude together. For the fact that no matter how difficult life seems, we can ALWAYS find something to be grateful for, even if it is as simple and profound as our very breath.
Gratitude is a prayer, a way to practice reciprocity and thankfulness for our very existence, a practice of humility, a sure generator of more joy. Looking forward to leaning into being more and more GRATEFUL, and to sharing it with all of you!
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