Map of Gratitude
These days you hear a lot of people talking about Gratitude. It is the word of the moment. Everyone is verbalizing what they are grateful for. We are on a wave of thankfulness. At least being appreciative is no longer reserved for one day a year anymore- Thanksgiving. It’s great- there is a lot of positivity abuzz when everyone is bursting with gratitude.
When I wake up, the first thing I do is try to think of at least three things I am grateful for. But how can we expand on the energy, positivity and warmth of gratitude?
For that which we are grateful, what if we are to extend outward and give that energy back into the Universe? Instead of containing that warm fuzzy feeling, we extend outward, radiating waves of positivity. It is almost like the idea behind “Random acts of kindness”, but using Gratitude as our guiding principle.
So, for example, if you are thankful for abundance, make a donation to an organization or a person. If you know someone is struggling, slip an envelope with money under their doormat. If you are thankful for friends and family, smile at a stranger. Hold the door open for someone. You can give anything – it doesn’t have to be monetary. You can volunteer, donate your time, or just pick up a piece of trash to make the world better. You don’t have to wait for “when” you are wealthy, healthy , or whatever you are waiting for. You can do this now and you can change the world.
I created a Map of Gratitude.
It looks a little like the sketch above. You can do this on a daily/ weekly or monthly basis. It depends on you. I prefer to practice this on a weekly basis- I do this at the beginning of the week and I check back at the end to see where I am at. Don’t make this another chore on your TO - DO list – that is not the point. If you don't do all the things on your map of gratitude, put it on the next week’s map. No biggie. Pretty soon you might not even need to see the actual Map of Gratitude. If you do it enough, it will be imprinted into your heart and come naturally.
Map of Gratitude How- To:
1. On a piece of paper, in the center draw a circle. The circle is the center of your universe – the foundation
2. List 3-5 things that you are grateful for , which orbits around the circle. These can be basic simple things like you are grateful for an afternoon off from work or you are grateful for the two legs you have to walk with.
3. From the list of grateful things, radiate outward and think of what you can do to give back to the Universe. Do you notice you still get that warm feeling you have when you are grateful, but its expansive and you are sharing it with others?
Hint: the type in green is the things I am grateful for. The black ink is my intended contribution to the world.
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way”
---Mary Anne Radmacher