Few years ago, I made a self promise: I will be grateful for my life no matter what.
As a reminder I set up a simple ritual: when turning on the light at my home I’d say “thank you light!”. I still like to get fascinated, like a little child, about how the light invade the room and allow me to move freely. Since I start having electricity at age 11, I can recall very clear memories of how is the life without this basic service.
I found this exercise very helpful to improve my spiritual life. For instance, this week, during the emotional turmoil, I went trough, I experienced sadness, anger, rage, and frustration. However, I am grateful I need to turn light on every night literally and metaphorically speaking.
Thanks to my simple ritual, I realized that my bitterness and gratitude were hard to match and that I forgot the good feeling of being grateful. As I observed my behaviors, my reactions, and my interactions with others, I noticed I passed by without answering some smiles, leaving anger around, or spreading sadness into the room. We all do it . . . I guess. However, the difference this time is that I did constant check-ins with myself.
In reality, I have much more to be grateful than to be concern in my life. I could be grateful for my health, the health of my loved ones. My well being, arriving safe at home every night. Having a comfortable bed to sleep. You know, all of the things that I usually take for granted.
Therefore, I am ready to start this new week. Tonight I’ve armed myself with a lot of gratitude and I am curious to see what will happen. The challenges are still there, but my approach can be different. Let’s see.
Do you have any rituals to help your self to live better life? I’d love to hear them. You can comment here or send me an email to email@example.com
With love and gratitude,