Practice Circle on Gratitude
“The root of joy is gratefulness…
It is not joy that makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
(Brother David Steindl-Rast)
In this step of ISM, we are focussing on our gratitude. Why? Simply because gratitude is a necessary foundation for sustainable health, happiness, spiritual fulfillment and contemplative practice.
But realistically, we often start the day with a worried, pessimistic and stressful mind. On those days when we don’t naturally feel grateful, it will help if we glance at the resources we have found along with our journal entries on gratitude. These will remind us of life’s wonders and the easy and not-so-easy aspects of our life for which we can be grateful. Then, we can deepen our gratitude in this step of our meditation. Our gratitude will lead us naturally into the next ISM steps that follow.
In particular, you might write in your journal about gratitude for a specific individual and the ideals they exemplified.
- To whom are you most grateful?
- What ideals did they exemplify that you most want to emulate?
- Why are these ideals so important to your own human development?
- What will you do to embody them yourself?
- What will you offer or sacrifice to actualize them?
Please share a summary of your present contemplative insights on this step in the practice circle below. Condense your journal writing (into 2,000 characters or less) and post it in a comment box below. Your personal experiences with this step of the meditation will be gifts to everyone. Please don’t be shy about sharing.