Here’s how I have it worked out. Having a daily concrete way of watering the seed of gratitude in my life is one of the top most beneficial elements of my spiritual practice. I am very close to having the mindset of thinking that even if I invested in NO other mindfulness-based actions other than my gratitude practice, it would be enough.
I feel as though words cannot adequately relay the power and potency of what having a daily gratitude practice can do. But, as a writer and all, Imma gonna give it a small go here.
I’ve written and spoken about the practice of gratitude many a time. I feel as though it’s a thread that is not only worth repeating and revisiting on the regular but holds such a substantial value that to not routinely address it would be a disservice.
Part of why I feel it’s necessary to keep tugging on this particular thread is that I reckon practicing gratitude is a lot like the practice of deep mindful breathing, in that it’s super easy to be like: Yeah, yeah, I get it. Let’s move on. What’s next? While it’s easy to have an intellectual understanding of the value of both practices, it takes diligent effort to actualize the embodied wisdom that both have to offer.
In my experience with sangha members over my close to 20-years of practice and sangha-building, I’ve found that it’s just so very common for folks to simply not go beyond their intellectual understanding of the practice. Folks often “get” the practice but not many “practice” the practice.Continue reading