The word gratitude comes from the Latin gratia, meaning grace or gratefulness. Its root is linked to kindness, beauty and giving (Emmons & Shelton, 2002).
We can express gratitude towards others or something greater than self (like nature or Source) and towards self. Gratitude as an idea is woven through all major religions and seems to connect people to one another and something more than the self.
For me, it brings me into the moment, into the now. When I am genuinely grateful for what I am witnessing, doing, being, being with, being offered, receiving. At any moment, there is always so much to be grateful for. It is just a matter of gently turning the mind in that direction.
Tomorrow I will post some ideas to help with that turning. One to get going with is journaling one thing a day you are grateful for. Just one. It might be the sun, or your home, or a relationship. Choose one thing and be thankful for it.
Let’s all share one thing we are grateful for today…
Wherever you are, take care of yourself.