1. I listen to the podcast Shrink Rap Radio, found online and on i-tunes. In the Awakening Joy with James Baraz a meditation teacher James Baraz talked about joy as an important part of Buddhist path, and simply, as important to enjoyment of life. One of the factors contributing to raising joy, he argues, is being grateful, focusing on good things, noticing them. This way you see more and more good in life.
He says that he and his wife ‘share regularly what we’re grateful for. It kind of keeps your radar out for the good because you’ve got to come up with something. And actually the more you start looking for what’s good, the more you see it everywhere. So it’s a very potent way to incline your mind towards the goodness, inside and around you. And then besides, here’s the thing, besides knowing that you’re grateful for something when you feel it or when you’re in touch with it, then taking a moment to actually feel the gratitude. It’s a whole other level of connection. That’s where the mindfulness comes in. Saying, “Oh, I’m so grateful to so and so for who they are” and then as you’re in touch with it, just taking a moment feeling that gratitude and exploring the landscape of gratitude. Very, very potent.’
2. A productivity coach Michael Bungay Stanier, the Founder of Box of Crayons lists appreciation as number 3 in his list of ’10 gears’. This is what he says:
Simply put, spending some time being grateful will make life sweeter for you. We’ve got a blackboard at home with “I’m grateful for…” written on it. While I make an espresso in the morning, I take time to reflect upon something I’m lucky to have working for me.
If you’d like some inspiration on this, check out Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things. He’s masterful at this.‘
So, here is my Gratitude blog. Enjoy.