“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
How can we learn to recognize blessings in our daily life? What can we do to make sure we never take anything for granted? The answer to these questions lies in cultivating a gratitude practice.
It’s too easy to focus on what’s wrong in our lives. Our problems naturally take up most of our attention as we try to fix them. When we do this, however, we can often lose sight of all the good that exists in our life, too. A gratitude practice may not be the easiest thing you ever start — it’s called a practice for a reason — but once you begin, you’ll see that cultivating this practice will be one of the best decisions you ever made. Be gentle with yourself as you begin and soon you’ll truly feel the difference it can make in your life. We learn not to dwell only on the problems in life as we recognize the blessings we receive each day. Gratitude gives us strength to face the hard times because we can focus on the good that exists in our lives, too. We learn to feel hope and optimism even during our toughest challenges.