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Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain

Gratitude

November 29, 2013 | 6 Comments

Gratitude. A feeling? A practice. A way of life.
A way to the center of things, of me, the core, of us, all.
It’s easier to ponder such things at this time of year, when it’s ringing out like church bells-
Ding dong
What are you grateful for
La la
But it’s the
Every
Single
Days
Between fabulous holiday stuffings that require gratitude the most.
When we’re in the pits- broken bods, tired heads, weary circumstance that
Weighs
Us
Down
Those are the times when gratitude isn’t such a feeling, but will work well as a practice.
A sort of gratitude flotation situation…
A floatie! Or a pair of them! Or a quartet!
Floaties for arms and ankles. Gratitude devices that lift and buffer.
Arms and ankles may not be enough to get the woe-is-me out of the lead-butts
But
I think they would be a start.

*Joining in with others this month, churning out creative work in response to Write Alm’s prompts, found here- http://writealm.com/november-prompt-a-day/

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  1. ha! floaters indeed! and yes, it’s really about practicing it in the everyday, something i try and fail to do, try again (and again and again…).

    • Angie

      My e-course has explained gratitude (and self-compassion) as practices, rather than things you are, or aren’t, which helps me so much as someone with a negative-bent. Empowering! I’ve started a weekly gratitude practice here on the blog.

  2. It *is* a practice. And as with anything else, it gets easier with practice. Just like writing can become a daily habit, or running :), gratitude does, too. I am grateful for so much (including you!) and when things are good, it’s easy to note these things, but when things are hard, it is absolutely a flotation device (love that image!). I’ve been practicing daily gratitude for at least 20 years and when things get sticky and murky, as they do, it helps to have that practice already ingrained.

    • Angie

      I love what you say about it getting easier, even during sticky and murky times, Amy. That’s what I’m hoping for- to build a foundation of gratitude practice that will help inoculate me from despair. Sort of like a bread-crumb trail back to the heart of me when I think all is lost.

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