Way #12: Pause—and Give Thanks
For the rest of this month, practice gratitude. Find a moment each day—perhaps when you are going to bed or just waking up in the morning—to pause and let in the miracle of your life, and of all life. And actually leave yourself a reminder to do this practice somewhere where you’ll see it: maybe a note by your bed, on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge. It’s a simple Way: practice gratitude every day for the rest of this month.
Why Do This Way?
A conscious daily practice of getting in touch with your gratitude for all life (including your own), can significantly change the quality of your life and your relationships with the world and everyone and everything in it.
According to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, being grounded in gratitude also actually makes people more effective when they are in action in the world.
And Pachamama Alliance Co-founder, Lynne Twist, reminds us that, “What you appreciate appreciates.”
Engaging with This Way
Pachamama Alliance (the organizer of this month of 30 days/30 ways), was created out of a deep partnership with the indigenous people in Ecuador’s eastern Amazon Basin. Indigenous people around the globe for thousands of years have embodied a way of being in the world that honors the connection between all species and gives gratitude for all life and the sacred relationships among species.
In the video below, indigenous ceremonial leader Arkan Lushwala talks about how gratitude for the Earth, our Mother, is necessary in order to make the changes necessary to live in healthy relationship with the Earth and all life.
For more resources to explore the idea and practice of gratitude, check out A Network for Grateful Living, an organization founded by Brother David Steindl-Rast and designed to support people in living with more gratitude. In particular, the blog article Ten True Things About Gratefulness: A Conversation with Kristi Nelson explores some nuanced tenets of gratitude you may not have considered before.
If you feel inspired, share with the community what you are grateful for.