Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Gratitudes

I've been working, slowly but surely, behind the scenes to reconnect with some of my favourite mindful practices lately.

Creating Monthly Gratitude Journals is one of them:



And here's the same calendar, a little further along into the month. I've been doing pretty well about taking the time to remember gratitude. I know that the act of logging gratitudes might seem odd to some, but for me it's a practice that helps me remember to be mindful. There are far more things that happen on a daily basis to be grateful for but I am someone who tends to over analyze and criticize, so this is a practice that helps me break that pattern to some extent by remembering that there are more good things happening daily than I tend to remember if I don't take the time to jot them down. 
 

The thing I love the most about the practice is that when I look over the calendar, I'm often struck by the things I choose to write down. Often I find there tends to be themes. September's theme seems focuses mainly on Baby Faye and his amazing leaps and bounds development lately. Seriously, this kid is just amazing right now. And instead of remembering the long car ride home in traffic when he was a douche (yeah, I said it), I'm choosing to remember how his giggles immediately made me smile and lose my road rage on another trip. And for me, that's a really good thing.
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