Thx: A 1 Minute Exercise
One of the gifts that come with being human is learning how to adapt to environments and manage complex situations. One of the ways the brain adapts is through a process of procedural memory. Procedural memory allows us to not have to think about how to drive a car, ride a bike, walk, eat, any procedure in life. However, this comes with its costs.
One of the things we lose out on in developing these routines of the mind is a sense of gratitude for what is here in our lives.
Leah Dieterich's blog was just pointed out to me. In her "thxthxthx: a thank you note a day" blog she reminds us that we can bring awareness to gratitude for things we would often never think to be thankful for.
She actually practices writing thank you notes to Persons, Places, & Things!
Here is one as an example:
We can intentionally choose to be grateful each day even if the mind tells us there's nothing to be grateful for. There are such things, we just don't consider them very often, in other words, we can think outside the box.
Cultivating a grateful disposition is like anything else, practice, practice, practice.
Try Right Now:
If you were to write a thank you note today, who would you write it to and why are you waiting?
Go ahead and pick up a pen or open up your email and write out a thank you note right now. This only needs to take a minute or less.
If you're mind comes up with judgments or saying it's too busy, keep in mind that you just spent time to read this blog in the same amount of time.
Go ahead, who or what can you write a thank you note to today?
Please share below either your thank you notes or who or what you were thankful to. Your writings below create a living wisdom that goes on to benefit us all.
Thanks for simple and affective article - Aamer - May 22nd 2010
Dear Elisha Goldstein,
Thanks for simple and affective article.
It changed my view, an attitude .
Thanks and regards
God ... Thank You ! - Areej Shehri - May 22nd 2010
Thank you for making my dream coming true, by marrying the man of my life, the one i've been in love with for years!! thank you for making me waking up this morning, healthy and able to walk, see and feel ! I'm grateful for everyhting you gave me and took it for granted ! Thank You GOD <3