Here are four ways to practice gratitude and strengthen your brain’s gratitude muscle, so to speak.
1. Expressing Gratitude for Living Another Day
You can say a thankful prayer to Spirit, to your body, to the universe, or simply take a moment to be grateful for a new day upon awakening.
This is something you could do before bed as well, reflecting on the day and expressing gratitude for the gift you have received.
2. Gratitude Journaling
Writing is a valuable tool rather than simply reciting words, as it is believed to created more lasting neurological effects. Only thinking or speaking is effective as well, just not as much as putting pen to paper.
Indra is the Hindu god who symbolises the natural forces that protect and nurture life, and it is said that above the palace of Indra you can see an infinite net. No one has seen it all, but it is said to cover the earth, suspended like an atmosphere. At each knot in the net there is a clear and radiant jewel that reflects all the other jewels. And each jewel contains and mirrors the entire net and all the jewels that hold the net together.
Through the lens pf physics, biology, psychology, and spirit, Indra’s net is a metaphor for how each living part contains the whole and how the smallest unit of energy – be it an atom, cell, psyche, or soul – is crucial to binding the threads of life. These irreducible units of life are clear, brilliant jewels holding the infinite net together.