Few more days and year 2020 will be over. Granted, all of us during our life time will be faced with easy going years followed by more challenging ones, but 2020 was definitely a year that is hard to describe. Most of us are still having a question “ what the hell has happened?” floating above our heads. In the time like this, it is good to be reminded that a life is a constant change of joys and sorrows, pain and health, life and dead, peace of mind and anxieties.
Gratitude practice can help us while reflecting on the past year or it is a great practice to embrace as our New Year resolution.
Since way back in time, our ancestors were embracing the practice of gratitude to keep them connected with the present moment and to embrace a life as a whole. Buddhist monks are beginning each day with the chant of gratitude, Native Americans are chanting prayers of gratitude for mother Earth and Father sky, in Tibet nuns and monks are offering the prayers of gratitude for the sufferings given to them and on Bali, locals are daily offering prayers and flowers of gratitude to spirits and nature that surrounds them.
Gratitude meditation is a type of meditation that focuses on expressing gratitude for the things in your life.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognise that the source of that goodness lies at least partially in interconnectedness. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychology researches, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build stronger relationships.
Ways to cultivate gratitude
Gratitude is a way for us to remind ourselves and appreciate what we already have instead of constantly wanting something more in a hope that that will bring us happiness. It’s a way to refocus our mind to notice what we have already instead of what we are lacking. Making it a daily habit can grow us stronger and more content.
Here are some suggestions how you can practice:
Once in a while, write one note to yourself (on a steamed bathroom mirror or stick it on the fridge :)).