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  1. Hjt

    Should I get the question in my emai?

    2 years ago
  2. Hjt

    I had forgotten how to access this and hope I am now on track .
    I am trying to take moments of gratitude through the day. It has been tough lately.

    2 years ago
  3. sparrow

    As my life has slowed down
    with a never-ending list of things to do,
    I am learning to take my time,
    and be present to both my tasks
    and with other people . . .
    this
    gives space for gratefulness to occupy.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    By awakening to the Truth that this happening is much, much bigger than I perceive with my senses.

    2 years ago
    1. sparrow

      Indeed it is,
      dear Don . . .
      much bigger . . .

      2 years ago
  5. Charlie T

    I am hopeful, that by tending this and other practices, I can live a more balanced life. As for others, I am happy to share what I am learning. I find that friends are hesitant, like I was for most of my life, to try something new. Part of my practice is to be okay with that.

    2 years ago
  6. pkr

    Stop, look & go thru out my day.
    Gentle reminders to stop & soak up the abundance in my life.
    At the end of my day, I list all the things, events I am grateful for from my day; my list is long. ❤️
    :

    2 years ago
  7. Hermann-Josef

    by not forgetting to stay grateful

    2 years ago
  8. dragonfly

    By looking at the world with open eyes. My personal life is, so far, free of war, hunger, homelessness, discrimination, terminal illness etc. Everything in my life is plentiful and beauty surrounds me. While I feel that usually comparing myself to others is not helpful, seeing the “dark” side of existence often helps me to appreciate the “bright” side and leads to cultivating gratefulness which I can then express to and share with others. Whether that then cultivates gratefulness in them is not up to me. But I absolutely love the idea of exchanging daily gratefulness lists that Jay mentioned. I also keep cards and notes that express gratefulness to me and write down things that I’m grateful for. When I have one of my “ungrateful” moments I can fall back on those as a reminder that, while things don’t always go as I anticipated or wished for, there is much more to be grateful for than to complain about.

    2 years ago
  9. Jay

    Everyday I forward my daughter the Gratefulness.org Word for the Day and in the email I include a list of everything I feel grateful for that day. She then replies back with her list. I think it’s really making a difference.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      I tried to get a group of friends to do that but no one wanted to. Great that you and your daughter do it.

      2 years ago
  10. Jenn

    By first acknowledging hard feelings and then allowing them to be there. Only then can I create the conditions for gratitude to arise. I cannot force it, not within myself or with others. I practice, after working with painful feelings, by returning to my breath, thanking G-d for my true belonging and that others may experience peace too.

    2 years ago
    1. lotus blossom

      oh i like this, Jenn. when i started this practice of being grateful it WAS forced. the disconnect was apparent like i was going thru the motions without actually feeling grateful. it was all the unresolved pain in the way. allowing it all to be there. yes. thank you for getting it. i am more genuinely thank-full today understanding that my joy and pain reside together. not asking anything of each other but that acknowledgment that it may always be this way. and that’s ok.

      2 years ago
  11. Carol

    “The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.” Pema Chodron

    I read the Chodron quote above several times and for me the key to cultivating gratefulness in myself and others is to be at peace. She reminds me that “Peace is…an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened. I ask myself, ” What would it mean to stay calm in all situations so as to respond to what is occurring not react to it. Who might I be today if I had been taught to cultivate this stance? How might the world function if faith instead of belief had been accented. How might our species function if we had cultivated such awareness. Alan Watts got it right back in the 1970’s when he said, “Belief clings. Faith lets go.” Belief is easily threatened. Faith is not. Belief is often a man-made dogma that nurtures fear. Faith is hard earned ability that nurtures trust and accountability. It takes the courage to be at peace. Practicing gratefulness helps me own my thoughts, feelings and actions so as to be at peace with myself and others. Blessings, Carol

    2 years ago
    1. KC

      Carol, Thank you so much for sharing this. It is just what I am needing to hear, read and ponder today. Warm blessings, KC

      2 years ago
    2. L
      Lauryn

      So well said. Thank you 🙏

      2 years ago
  12. Tanisha

    Just started online gratitude journal! I sent my manager and supervisor a thank you note! They both said my note came right on time!

    2 years ago
  13. Chester

    Identify the critical nutrients and conditions then bring it all together and repeat as often as needed when gratitude begins to wane. Also remember obtaining those nutrients and conditions may require some creativity and reaching beyond ourselves.

    2 years ago
  14. Martha

    By taking a moment each day to pause, take a few breaths, reflect on the love of family and friends, as well as the kindness and generosity of neighbors and strangers. I thank God for their presence in my life and say a prayer for them.

    2 years ago
  15. GR8FULL

    Having a “gratitude” section in my morning routine helps me stay centered, present and prepared throughout the day for those moments when I struggle and lose site of what’s important and meaningful in my life. When others see me shift perspectives and benefit from getting back on a path to gratitude, I’d like to believe it inspires them to try and use gratitude for what ails them. I also am not embarrassed to point it out when i see something they are overlooking. My teenage children especially.

    2 years ago
  16. Laura

    Pause to switch off the autopilot. Look around. Take note of the surroundings. Share those observations with the people around me. And if I’m alone, thank the Divine for the beauty and love all around me.

    2 years ago
  17. EJP

    With love….self-love, deep love for those nearest my heart and love for all in between.

    2 years ago
  18. Rabbit

    Taking the Stop, Look, Go class helped me and I tell friends about this site.

    2 years ago
  19. Kevin

    Yesterday, our Quaker Meeting in Westport, MA, completed our 61st Annual Book Fair, after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. Our event runs for eight consecutive days in which we sell over 35,000 copies of used books (including children’s books for all ages) in every category imaginable, including media, all of which gets donated to us throughout the year. Our Book Fair has become a community event as well and we’re told by knowledgeable sources that our fair is the largest of its kind in all New England.

    We generate enough income over the eight day sale, which is our only fundraiser all year, to meet our annual budget as a faith community, and to provide thousands of additional dollars for supporting various social justice causes that align with the tenets of our Quaker faith. After working fifteen, ten-hour days, preparing and carrying out this event alongside many volunteers and Quaker Meeting members, I left last night bone tired, satisfied, and hugely grateful for having done my part to deliver yet another successful event. I cranked up an upbeat playlist on my iTunes for the eight mile back roads ride home, smiling, and feeling grateful for being able to do my part, to support my faith community, and to provide something of value to townspeople and book lovers throughout the region. For these eight days at least, that’s how I cultivated gratefulness.

    2 years ago
    1. dragonfly

      Coming here and reading your thoughts (and others too) cultivates gratefulness in me. It is so wonderful to have your perspective on things. Thank you, Kevin, for being such a faithful contributor and friend.

      2 years ago
    2. Rabbit

      Given how grateful that I am for a good book, I can visualize all those books creating grateful hearts in their readers too.

      2 years ago
  20. Michele

    stop. look. go.
    it’s a daily practice.
    grounding oneself.

    2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    In myself, it’s become a part of me, as it’s been a part of my daily practice for several years now. And I hope that my practice is a light to others to help cultivate gratefulness in them. Sometimes I help my husband remember to be grateful by helping him see a situation from another perspective.

    2 years ago
  22. Antoinette

    By letting go gratitude arises naturally like the flow of water. When water flows and is not stagnant everything is alive. Letting go and acceptance create gratitude within.

    2 years ago
  23. Maria Martins

    I restarted journaling today. I feel setting a list of things we are grateful for everyday helps us seeing how lucky we are in most aspects of our lives. We all have something to be grateful for. I try to cultivate gratefulness in others by trying hard to being my best self in all the circumstances, sharing happy and nice vibes to those around me from the security at the building to my colleagues, everyone throughout my day. The reality is bad things spread fast but so do good ones. For a long time in my life I feel that people share things with me and feel grateful to spend time with me because I always treat them with kindness.

    2 years ago
  24. Eeevvv

    When I lose contact with my sense of gratefulness I start to associate a thing I’m grateful for to every alphabetic letter. Sometimes I do it with my partner, I tell him what I’m grateful for or what I appreciate of him and he does the same to me.

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      I do that too! 😊

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      That’s great! You’re my E, Eeevvv 🙂

      2 years ago
    3. Jenn

      I call that the ABCs of gratitude and teach that to my clients and friends! Excellent practice!

      2 years ago
    4. Y
      Yram

      Really lovely. I love making lists and this is a new approach. Thank you.

      2 years ago
    5. Pilgrim

      Great idea! Thanks!

      2 years ago
    6. Rabbit

      I was just the alphabet this morning. It can also help you get to sleep.

      2 years ago
      1. Eeevvv

        Yes, it is very helpful. I found this technique here, on this site, and it really works!

        2 years ago

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