Gratefulness: An Opportunity to Practice

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Each moment as we go through our day, we are practicing habits of mind and being. Too often, we unconsciously end up practicing habits that are unhelpful for us. Resentment, fear and projection become habits that end up being hurtful, but with a change in perspective, gratefulness can be incorporated into our day as a practice. Br. David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and teacher of grateful living, suggests that even in the trouble that life may bring, there are opportunities to practice gratefulness so as to open to life in profound ways. “Gratefulness, like mindfulness or yoga, is an awareness practice and a way of training, deepening, and directing our attention,” says Kristi Nelson, who works with Br. David as executive director of gratefulness.org. Read on to learn a simple practice to use even when there are difficulties in life.

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