Do you have a gratitude practice? I want to hear about it!

Calling all you beautiful grateful ones!
I’d love to publish your guest post…

Do you have a gratitude practice? Do you write your gratitudes in a journal? Do you share them with others? In email to a small circle? In a blog, like this one, to the wide world?

What moves you to express gratitude? And, more importantly, what does the awareness and expression of gratitude do for you? For your sense of wellbeing? For your level of commitment? For your smile-to-frown ratio? For your joie de vivre? For your ability to savor this moment, and the next one? For your acceptance and serenity?

I’ve been a gratitude-list writer for ten years now. Started in a daily email to my first business coach (her idea, most certainly not mine!). Each and every day I’d write a list of fifteen things for which I felt grateful, even when it was a ginormous stretch. Turns out to be one of the most valuable investments in time and energy I’ve ever made.

I’ve written about the fabulous results of a gratitude practice a lot (one article here, as a guest post for my friend Sharon Rosen), about how gratitude enables you to create what the Buddhists call more wholesome habits.

I love the neuroscience of this! Basically (very basically), here’s how I understand this to work: Your disappointments, your regrets, your bitterness—after a few zillion repetitions, you get habituated to negative thinking. What may have started as a sincere response to something challenging, or as a protective reaction to trauma, becomes habit. You groove habitual pathways in your thinking that color everything with the gray projected by that black cloud that follows you around above your head.

Guess what? When you start practicing something positive (like a gratitude list), you start making new neural pathways, and with practice, these new paths become grooved, and habitual, and yes, it’s possible to change the way you think! I am living proof. Daily gratitude lists (even when it feels like the last thing in the world you want to do, or is that especially when…?) are powerful powerful magic.

 

I invite you to write about your gratitude practice and have your article published right here in my blog.

It’s simple. Write your article about gratitude and send it over. I will be posting submitted gratitude posts between now and the end of this year. If you have images that illustrate your blog, send them along too (your own images preferably, or with permissions and attributions).

I’m so excited to share with my readers how the practice of gratitude has had an impact on your life. Send your submission to me here. And of course, if you’re moved to, share a gratitude in the comments below.

(You may have seen this invitation already, if you’re a member of my Gratitude Challenge 2012 group. They got the first round of invitations, and now I’m opening it up to you!)

Yay for you sharing your grateful heart with me and my readers. Yay for us!

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of the articles I’ve written for other bloggers this spring/summer.

If you’re moved to add comments to any of these, please do. If you think one or more may be of interest to your network, please spread the word, and help me extend my reach to more women…

 

I’ll end this post with my Monday morning gratitudes

  • I am grateful for beautiful guitar music in the background as I write

  • I am grateful for laughter and smiles

  • I am grateful grateful grateful for a late-night visit from my daughter last night

  • I am grateful for her self-possession and balance

  • I am grateful for her moments of acceptance and peace

  • I am grateful for the bounty of my garden

  • I am grateful for learning from master gardeners who are my neighbors and who farm with me

  • I am grateful for the beauty of this place where I live

  • I am grateful for late summer sunshine

  • I am grateful for a good night’s sleep

  • I am grateful to be clean and sober for so long that I’ve found access to feeling useful and fulfilled, that life is no longer something from which I crave escape 24/7

  • I am grateful that my experience and awareness is useful to other women who seek their own peace, regality and balance

  • I am grateful for my sense of humor

  • I am grateful for love

  • I am grateful for finding and taking ownership of my own voice…

Wishing you a week full of love and light, gratitude and inspiration, my heart to yours…

 
Posted on August 6th, 2012. Posted in these categories: blogging, gratitude, guest post. 42 Comments

The conversation so far...

  1. August 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    great post Sue…….I use gratitude every day in my life……it truly is so important to have some form of awareness practice in our lives……..thanks for sharing this…………

    1. August 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

       @GinaRafkind Gina, you are fast becoming one of my favorite people I’ve yet to meet. Thanks for all the juicy interaction and conversation today.
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

  2. August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Very important topic, Sue, and I’ll definitely send over a guest post very soon!

    1. August 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm

       @LeanneCh Oh great, Leanne! I’ll be happy to receive it!
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

    2. August 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

       @LeanneCh Yay, Leanne, I’m looking forward to it… So much gratitude!

  3. August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Very important topic, Sue, and I’ll definitely send over a guest post very soon!

  4. August 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    A beautiful post Sue.  Being thankful for the glass being half full.  A great perspective.  I will work on a guest post.  Blessings always.  Tanya

    1. August 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

       @Caperpoet I’m so glad, Tanya. As soon as you’re ready…

  5. August 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve been using grateful160 on my phone.  It helps me remember twice a day to notice what I’m grateful for!

    1. August 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Loran, how lovely! I’ll check out the app…

  6. August 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I’d like to write a post for you, too! By the way I just popped over to read your post at The Restful Heart. Like your little secret about being grateful for things that seem outside you reach, I’ll definitely give it  a go ;)

    1. August 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

       @Tat007 Hi Tat, I’m thrilled you want to write for Morning Gratitudes. I like what you’re doing on your blog. Can’t wait to see what you send over…
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

  7. August 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful post, Sue, and I’d love to write something for your blog.  Mindful gratitude is one of the things that got me through Dad’s year-long illness and subsequent death last month, and it would be wonderful to write more about it.
     
    Blessings
     
     
    TANJA

    1. August 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

       @Tanja at Crystal Clarity Tanja, thanks for taking the time to comment…! I’d love to read your article, and share it on my blog. Bring it on, gorgeous!
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

  8. August 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’m going to start being more actively grateful, if that makes any sense. There’s plenty in my life to be grateful for, but I often let the difficulties overwhelm me and I forget. This month I have made some cards for people I’m thankful for and I’m giving them out over the course of the month. It’s lovely to see their faces when they read why I’m grateful for them.

    1. August 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

       @ladytoastmaster I love the cards you’re making and giving to the people for whom you’re grateful. I wonder if you’d like to write an article about this practice for my blog. Please consider it… I’d love to read it and share it!
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

      1. August 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

         @MagnoliasWest Thanks Sue, I’d be happy to write something for you :-)

      2. August 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

         @MagnoliasWest 

      3. August 18, 2012 at 2:01 am

         @MagnoliasWest Thanks Sue, I’d love to :-)

        1. August 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

           @BalancingGoddess I’m looking forward to it! Send it to me here: Sue@MagnoliasWest.com
           
          Love and light,
          Sue

  9. August 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I love your gratitude list! Esp. being grateful for your daughter’s visit and “late summer sunshine.” Very poetic! Thanks for sharing!

    1. August 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

       @Heather Schwartz Heather, so glad it resonated for you!
      What are you grateful for today?
      Love and light,
      Sue

      1. August 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

         @MagnoliasWest  I am grateful that I have many things to be grateful for! :) I am grateful for the sound of the train in the distance (I love trains). I grateful for the view of changing leaves in the trees outside my kitchen windows. I am grateful for being loved. I am grateful for the time for a mid-afternoon nap. I am grateful for when people truly listen. I am grateful that there is space inside me (almost like a room that I clear daily) for others’ stories. I am grateful for life. I am grateful for the trees. I am grateful for sunny days. I am grateful for my dogs and the way they smile: Tedbear with one tooth missing, small, precise smile, and Guin for his open-mouthed smile that looks like a laugh in action. I am grateful for good music and the show, Treme. I am grateful for maple yogurt and Missionary vegan Chocolates, especially the lavender kind with blueberries, though I’m not vegan. I am grateful for hugs. And, I am so grateful to you, Sue, for providing me with this space to openly discover all that I am grateful for today! :)

        1. August 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

           @Heather Schwartz Ahhhh, New Orleans jazz and Treme! You have great taste! Thanks for sharing all this beauty! I am inspired…

        2. August 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

           @MagnoliasWest  Thanks, Sue! (Big Smile). :)

  10. August 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I was so glad to have run across this post. It is an important message to share with the world. Daily gratitude sounds in no way like the magic bullet people are often looking for…but it is. :)

    1. August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

       @ChristiJarland1 Christi, welcome! I’m so glad to meet you here. As I go deeper  and ever-deeper into my own gratitude practice I see clearly how the daily practice helps unfold and open up the inner gratitude (the one that really matters!)
       
      Love and light,
      Sue

  11. August 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oooo, and forgot the gratitudes (so far) today:
    Foggy morning walk to school with my small fry.
    Blazing hot sun.
    Alone time to heal and restore.

    1. August 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

       @ChristiJarland1 Sun, fog, and small fry. And restorative time. So many blessings! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  12. [...] Do you have a gratitude practice? If you don’t please just start one. If you need support, you can email your gratitudes to me at Sue@MagnoliasWest.com. I’ll read them! And if you already have some gratitude under your belt, I’d like to ask you to write an article about it for my blog. I’m publishing one guest post a week until the end of 2012. Read more about that here. [...]

  13. December 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is a great post with gratitude. Especially nice this time of year.

    1. December 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      @VickieLewis Yay, glad you found it! Also glad you’re looking around the blog. My heart to yours!
       
      Love and blessings,
      Sue

  14. [...] Here’s this week’s guest post, the sixth in the Gratitude Practice series. I am so honored and humbled by the gratitude stories that are being shared. There is still room for *your* article, darling! This series runs until the end of this year. Do you have a gratitude practice? Please share your story… More details here. [...]

  15. [...] This is a guest post, the fifth in the Gratitude Practice series. I am so honored and humbled by the gratitude stories that are being shared. There is still room for *your* article, gorgeous! This series runs until the end of this year. Do you have a gratitude practice? Please share your story…  More details here. [...]

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  20. March 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

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  23. September 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Excellent article. I am dealing with some of these issues as well..

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