Yesterday I found myself at the Kingston General Hospital holding the sweet little pea pod now known as Essie – my dearest friend Drea’s newest familial addition 🙂 Then to add to the awesomeness, I got to be a part of the first bath (chirpy crying and all + I was in charge of photography!), and the origamy baby lesson (otherwise known as swaddling).
Once I got home I was marveling at how it all came together. Drea and I meeting at my work back in the early 90s, other jobs, family stuff, college/education, moves to different cities, marriages, changes, growth, challenges… yet all these years later, so many adventures later, there we were sharing a miracle together.
I realized the depth of my gratitude – grateful for my dear friend who continues to share in life with me, grateful for being part of her life and family, and grateful to share in the miracle of Essie’s birthday.
It reminds me of a wonderful practice I undertook a few years ago – “The Gratitude Journal”. Ray, from yogalifestyle.com suggested it. It consists of having a journal (mine was pocket sized with cats doing yoga) and every day taking the time to write down what you are grateful for.
For a few months, each morning at breakfast I would pull out my cat journal. At the top of the page I would write the date and start with “Today I am grateful for:” and then I would write out my list. Some days were easier than others (I wrote things like “not being in tears at this moment”), however by the end of the journal I could have filled pages worth of gifts and blessing for the day.
To connect to last month’s newsletter on manifestation, I also noticed that the things I was grateful for started appearing more and more in my life. I’m not sure if I was simply noticing their frequency or if the frequency increased, either way I was really thrilled about this gift! And yes, I did write that I was grateful for gratitude practice 🙂
It’s amazing how big our hearts get when we are filled with gratitude. When I recognize all my blessing it fills me so much that I have lots for sustenance, and overflow to share.
What are your gratitude practices? What are you grateful for today?
Shantih & Prema (peace and love),
Mona L. Warner, ERYT500 & RYS500