Mindful Morning Gratitude
What are you grateful for this morning?
Here is a post I did back in 2014 for one of my old websites which no longer exists, ActivityHole.com:
Do you wake up in the morning and immediately start thinking about everything you are grateful for?
Or do you wake up worrying about everything that needs to get done that day?
Have you ever stopped to think about those Little Things in your life that make it all possible?
Photography & Art Prompt
Pick two days at least a week apart and mark them on your calendar. Set aside the first 10 to 20 minutes of those days for this self-awareness project, and another 20 minutes or so in the evening (or whenever you have time) to complete this activity.
On each of the two mornings, grab your camera immediately after you wake up. Take at least 5 pictures of items you are grateful for. If you like, say a little “thank you” in your own way to each thing. On the second day, make sure to photograph items you did not already use.
When you are ready, assemble your photographs into one or two collages. They can resemble my examples below, or be completely of your own design. If you like, share a link to your digital art in the Comments section below — or list the things you were grateful for, in text format.
Make a list of as many things as you can possibly think of, that you are grateful for. Spread it out and keep adding to it over the course of several days, if you like. Aim for 100 or more items. Cut some paper into simple flashcard-style cards, and write one or two gratitude items on each. Set one card in a designated place each morning to read before you officially start your day. Try to recall what today’s item was, throughout the day.
Write at least one letter of appreciation to one specific person. This could be your spouse, a friend, or even a cashier or bank teller who is always cheerful. Take a few minutes in the morning to compose this letter, finish it the second day, and make plans for delivering it the third day. If you choose not to deliver it, picture the person reading it, instead. How does it make them feel? Was your feedback accurate and sincere, or forced and sketchy? Make this personal appreciation writing a part of each morning, either composing or delivering (even mentally) gratitude to the special and the overlooked people in your life.
Ask your friends and neighbors what things they are grateful for. Start making a list. If you wish, turn it into a keepsake either for yourself alone, or to share.
Go out into your yard and collect at least one thing you are grateful for, each morning for at least a week. Collect a blade of grass, a leaf from that vine that shades your sewing room window, a pebble from your driveway, a feather from beneath the robin’s nest. Set up a small display in your home, in an area you frequent at least a couple times every day. Make this a little reminder of what you have to be grateful for right here within your own private territory — whether that consists of the 3 inches outside your window, or the 30 acres that make up your back yard.
It has been said by philosopher and scientist alike that an attitude of gratitude is good for your physical as well as mental health.
Make it a morning practice to be mindful of the Little Things in life that often go overlooked, but can be true sources of gratitude. Everyone can be grateful for a vacation. It takes a Mindful Genius to be grateful for toothpaste or garbage bags! Help someone out by listing at least two Little Things you are grateful for, in the Comments section below. Thanks, and keep smiling! 😀
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