Weekly Practice No. 20

Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk.  My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.


This week we are profiling Practice 41: Practising Gratitude (from page 95 of my book). 

Practice 41 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Seeing Anew.

Seeing Anew invites us to be fully present, awake and alive in the moment with ‘what is’ – of waking up our senses for curiosity and wonder to see again with fresh eyes. I have chosen Practice 41 this week to remind me to practising deep gratitude (which goes beyond thank you’s and appreciation) is a beautiful gift we can offer ourselves and to others as live each day. I also have a lovely Gratitude Diary on my desk from the Network for Grateful Living, which offers a quote or saying for each day of this year which I find really grounding and meditative.

There is much that we take for granted. The practice of gratitude helps us to pay attention to the abundance in our lives – the joy and privilege of being alive right here right now: the kindness and generosity that we receive, the people we meet, the difference we can make to others, the pleasures that we enjoy and the beauty which surrounds us. Gratitude connects us to our own joys and the joys of others. For Eckhart Tolle¹, ‘Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.’

To quote from John Welwood²:

We already have so much abundance. We truly do. We need not search too far. It is within. The reason we fail to recognize this is because we haven’t quite mastered the art of being. For abundance to prevail, we must have LOVE, gratitude, acceptance.

This practice is about noticing, appreciating, acknowledging and giving thanks.

  • Make a vow to bring gratitude into everything you do
  • Tune into your senses. Wholeheartedly notice what you are noticing and take moments out of your daily life to express your thanks 
  • Start a daily or weekly Gratitude Journal recording and giving thanks for all that you have received. Capture 5 things you are grateful for at each entry. Ask yourself, ‘What have I received?’ and ‘What have I given to … ?’


[1] Quote downloaded 23rd May 2017 from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/gratitude

[2] Quote downloaded on 18th May 2017 from http://www.azquotes.com/author/37902-John_Welwood

Have a go! 

Start with small steps.

Reflect on what you are noticing.

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