On the subject of gratitude, as I began writing this I didn’t recall that this is the month we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but it might have been a prompt. I wish to share a daily practice which I’ve adopted that puts a lift in my days. It is simply to take the time, ideally before falling asleep at night, to think of three things for which I’m grateful.
On a light note, I rarely get to the third one and I’m asleep, i.e. a
natural sleep aid too! In my search for stress reduction, which many people share these days, I’ve heard from a number of health sources to take the time for this simple reflection, thus it caught my attention. Originally I thought ‘oh, I’ll be calling up the same things over and over’….but no, it’s interesting how creativity follows. I often reflect on the day closing and some goodness I saw in it. Doing it before sleep, as one source says, as one enters into a subconscious mind state, it puts one in a positive rather than negative, worrisome mode.
I read that the renowned psychologist, Ram Dass, expressed ‘gratitude at the end of his life for a stroke he suffered’ in that he believed his mind (thinking) prevented him from entering ‘enlightenment’. This relates to the idea that I’ve come across in my quest for positives in adversity, that one challenged, such as living with a brain disorders, may have access to a ‘higher plane’, which others not so challenged lack access to. I have to believe.