Gratitude is a common word. It is a value many hold dear.
"What is it about gratitude that is so appealing?" You might wonder.
Let's be straight: sometimes, with the ground beneath us crumbles, and our heart breaks in a million thousand pieces, and it seems one unfortunate event happens to another, gratitude might be the last thing that sits at the tip of your tongue.
Yet, the instruction for practice is to give thanks anyway. Not only to say thank you but to cultivate the feeling of thanks - to give thanks for nothing in return.
It takes a strong soul to give thanks for nothing in return. It requires a noble heart, and willing participant to be present to nothingness. Can you be this person?
When we give thanks, we become present in life. When we are present (rather than absent-minded) we are living each moment of our lives fully.
The real gift is not whether you will get something in return when you give thanks. The inherent gift of gratitude is the presence of mind, body, soul, spirit and being to mindfully live life with a relentless embrace.
What one thing might you give thanks for today to be present to your beautiful, poetic, precious life? Please share as you are called. <3