Today we’re going to express gratitude in a more mindful manner.
Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment, the here and the now; not focusing on the past or looking to the future.
So today I want you to be mindful of everything that happens to you and everything you experience, when it happens and when you experience it.
As that something happens or you experience it, express gratitude for it in the moment. Not an hour later, or at the end of the day, but in the moment.
Most of what you shall experience in the moment will be the small blessings in life like a smile from a stranger, the bright and happy song of a bird nearby, a refreshing glass of water.
However, as we already know, the small, the regular are not insignificant and we should never take them for granted.
If you find 5 or 10 minutes, an hour, a few hours, after something happens or you experience something you should have expressed gratitude for, that you realise you forgot to express gratitude, I ask you to forgive yourself for forgetting but not express gratitude – the time has passed.
Surely you should always express gratitude whether you’re a bit late or not?
Usually, I would say ‘yes’. However, today’s practice is a training in mindfulness, in being in the present moment and practising gratitude as something happens and as you experience something.