“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” Lionel Hampton
Gratitude is a form of mindfulness that can help us slow down and take a beat to notice all that’s good in our lives – even the small things we might usually take for granted. Expressing gratitude can help us cultivate an appreciation for our lives and help us see the world with different eyes.
One day I came home energized and eager to start creating my gratitude journal. Gratitude needed to be more than just a collective appreciation of fond memories and busy days. I had to learn to be grateful for pieces of myself that I had previously scrutinized and detested. Gratitude is many things. I have learned gratitude starts with a breathe. It is an anchor to the present moment and a tool against the darkness. Its power grows when shared with others and can be communicated in many ways, both big and small. Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. It unlocks the fullness of life and turns what we have enough into more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion clarity.
On this note, I would like to share with you the list of things I am grateful for today.
- My family
- My friends
- For the good days and bad days
- For the numerous amount of opportunities
- For feeling the music and dance
- Learning “to be myself”
- The sunrise and sunset
And what are you grateful for today?