Baby steps to spiritual enlightenment: Gratitude

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

With love and gratitude,



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5 Responses to Baby steps to spiritual enlightenment: Gratitude

  1. Conchita says:

    Dear Carmen,
    I love your perspective. I need to be more grateful myself.
    Con carino~

  2. Lasya says:

    Hi Carmen,

    Loved to read about your ritual and constant reminder to be grateful.

    I too often fall into patterns of worrying and anxiety. And just like you, I remind myself of good things.
    I follow this simple ritual before going to bed (which I read in the book ‘You can heal your life’). Before falling asleep, I spend few minutes being grateful for all the blessings and positive aspects of my life–like health, my partner, friends, well wishers, mentors, school, this wonderful place that I live in, everything. After gratitude, I put affirmation for good night sleep and to wake up in the morning relaxed and fresh. Also, add in few other affirmations as appropriate..for job, relationships, health, etc.


  3. Carmen says:

    Thanks for your comment Lasya,

    It feels good to be grateful, doesn’t it? The affirmation before sleep is a good idea that I may copy from you.


  4. Joshua Rutt says:

    You are an inspiration Carmen.

    My ritual is to take a deep breath at the threshold of my room, so I stay conscious of my intentions.

    Peace, love, and happiness,


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