To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
Take the challenge to educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude by taking the time each day to record something for which you are grateful. Take a photo, write in your journal, or draw a sketch. Gather a collection of gratitude in a book or folder to have as a reminder you can reference any time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or simply in the mood to remember the treasures in your life.
Some people start their day with daily meditation on 5 or 10 things for which they are grateful; others faithfully record 3 items in a gratitude journal each evening. I admire that dedication but have learned it is not the answer for me. I can find it by turns daunting or forced to set a task of identifying 10 or 5 or even 3 things. But I do find inspiration by daily finding reason to be grateful. Sometimes it is only one thing, or maybe something that I have noted many times but other days I generate a list of things that give me reason for gratitude. When I began this practice about 5 years ago, I used to put it in my calendar as a reminder and some days would forget. With practice, it has become a welcome part of each day.
You might find it helpful to set a regular time for your gratitude practice – first thing in the morning and last thing before going to sleep are popular times that might work well for you. But it is also energizing to note gratitude throughout the day, perhaps with a walk outside to appreciate nature if only for a few minutes. Learning to take nothing for granted can open the mind for more feelings of gratitude. Challenge yourself to find that gratitude – and capture it daily.
What are you grateful for today?
If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings