Last month, I read and reviewed Kristi Nelson’s ‘Wake Up Grateful‘. At present, I’m going through The Gratitude Explorer’s Workbook also by Nelson and will review it soon. Today, in the midst of absolute chaos and tragedy in India caused by Covid 19 (and aggravated by an arrogant Government), it’s easy to give in to fear. I realise more deeply that the gifts of gratefulness are what will once again see me through these dark days.
It is especially when life feels too small or big to handle, too predictable or uncertain, that we need the gifts of gratefulness.Kristi Nelson, Author of Wake Up Grateful
The Gifts Of Gratefulness
When we look at the beauty of the world around us, it’s hard not to be grateful. Let me share these two pictures I took from different vacations a few years back. The stunning colours had be bewitched.
Here are two exercises from The Gratitude Explorer’s Workbook that I found useful so far.
#1 Become Fully Present
I did this as soon as I woke up this morning. It helped me right through the day.
This exercise invites you to use your breath and your senses to become fully present to the moment and really enjoy the gifts of gratefulness. You can use it through the day.
- Pausing for stillness, I am aware
- Taking a deep breath, I notice
- Tuning into my body, I feel
- Embracing silence, I hear
- Slowing down, I notice
- Paying attention, I smell
I invite you to stop for just a moment now and do this exercise. Let me know how you felt at the end of it.
#2 Look With Fresh Eyes
I just tried this one and really felt good.
Take one minute to notice some of the opportunities to be grateful that are readily available to you right now.
- Looking for reasons to be grateful, I notice
- Looking for beauty, I see
- Looking for surprise, I discover
- Looking at my life through others’ eyes, I see
- Looking for opportunities to be grateful, I am aware
Again, I’d love to hear how useful you found this exercise. Did you experience the gifts of gratefulness?