Today at my private yoga session (I am loving this extra attention so early on in my practice. It’s been so enlightening and beneficial.), Alexis, my instructor, started off the meditation by turning our attention to what we are most grateful for in life.
Over the past few months I’ve felt so overwhelmed that I haven’t taken the time to recognize what and whom I am grateful for. I had begun a journal as one of my many New Year’s resolutions, but within a few weeks it had gone by the wayside. It still sits on my bedside table, pen marking the last page I wrote on, waiting to be taken up again. And I hope to do so soon. But I’m taking baby steps during this journey which is only in it’s fourth day, so I turned to technology.
Gratefulness sends you two daily texts, one in the morning and one in the evening, asking what you’re grateful for. You reply directly to the texts and it adds what you write to your online journal. Every week, they send you an email with everything you’ve written down. You can also access it by going to their website. Along with their prompts, you are sent a link that brings you to a list of things that others are grateful for. It’s all anonymous but it creates this feeling of community. Just today, someone had written that they were grateful for Earl Grey tea (my favorite) and lazy mornings in bed (a wonderful pastime in my book).
So if you don’t feel like you have time to keep up a physical journal of everything you are grateful for in life, this is an easy way to get into it. Everyone has a few seconds to reply to a text. And everyone has a few more seconds to consider what it is in life that they are grateful for.
As for me, as I was practicing yoga this morning, I bowed my head and thanked whatever greater being blessed me with my wonderful husband and family that I am so lucky to have. Because in the end, no man is an island. We are all in this together.