The Grounding Power of Gratitude

Our mental time-travel away from the present moment is one of our primary dilemmas: Oftentimes, it’s much easier to focus on what might be happening, on what’s not happening, or on what has already happened than on what’s currently happening. Ultimately, it benefits us physiologically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually to train our minds to return to what is happening right here, right now—and the meditative anchor of gratitude can ground us effortlessly back into reality.

Here are some ways you might practice gratitude:

  • Notice. In any given moment, look around you. Offer yourself this blessing: I am grateful for ____. Fill in the blank.
  • Write. At the end of a day, write down three things that occurred that day for which you are grateful.
  • Share. Share your gratitude with another—in person, over the phone, or via e-mail. Notice the power that a positive connection can offer.
  • Commit. Offer yourself the gift of gratitude for two weeks, selecting a specific time of day at which to practice.

As you practice, notice any shifts inside you. Try utilizing this filter of gratitude as a mindful experiment for a few days. See if the practice is something that can rest comfortably in your toolbox of healthy living skills—it’s a good one.

About Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Life Coach, RYT

Aruni, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for the Kripalu Healthy Living programs, is a certified professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been teaching in a variety of diverse venues for more than 35 years and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. Author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope, and her latest book, Already Home: Stories of a Seeker, Aruni has also developed the Kripalu coaching methodology, based in presence and right action.
  • Gail

    I have come to visualize gratitude this way: imagine all the riches of the Universe pouring into your hands…gratitude is the act of cupping your hands.

  • KripaluEditor

    Gail,
    Thanks for reading and for sharing this potent visualization.
    Best to you during this holiday time,
    Kim from Kripalu

  • Karl

    Beautiful piece, Aruni. Kim, thanks for posting this.