Gratitude is the acknowledgment of appreciation; the ability to notice what’s right, regardless. It frees you from clinging to what you want, avoiding what you don’t want, or being indifferent to what there is. With gratitude, you can recognize and engage in the wonder of life.
–Janetti Marotta in 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem
Blessings falling from a
Crack in the sky.
Incense of wet earth
Infuses the air.
Animals join in the ritual
Water holes fill with hope.
Grass reaches for the sky.
Prayers are answered.
The rain has come.
Mindful Noting Practice: Gratitude
When you cultivate the qualities for mindful self-esteem, you plant the seed of gratitude. Start by recognizing when you’re not appreciating what is occurring or who you are. What is keeping you from the ability to notice what’s right, regardless? What are you clinging, avoiding, or being indifferent?
Ask yourself what you are ignoring? For example, as you’re taking a walk, look at what is close at hand and far away. When eating, notice the flavors, textures, and aromas as you open to your sensory experience. In what ways do you feel blessed? For example, who do you love? What do you appreciate and hold dear?
“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”