The large trees loom ahead of me, inviting me to take the next step into their fold. They say, “Look at me, touch me, smell me. I can tell stories of times gone by. I can give you a peak into the future.” I’m drawn to them, the freshness, the aliveness. I’m grateful that I am here in this “sacred” place of nature.
Gratefulness doesn’t necessarily drive my life. It arrives when I need it most. I’ll get shaken out of my complacency when I find myself in places like Sequoia National Park like the story above, or Yellowstone National Park, or even Hawaii. Nature brings out my gratitude because I thrive there.
Gratefulness can be as little as a pause in your step as long as an hour, day, or lifelong practice. Whatever you choose. It is whatever you need to remind you of your worthiness and to connect to your soul, if only for a blink of an eye. Even with sickness, poverty, or sadness, there is gratitude to discover under the covers, through the fog, or within your heart. You just have to turn on the light switch to shine light on your discovery. Like Mother Teresa who found gratitude in this quote, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
Stress can be relieved by experiencing gratitude. Research studies show even when you view pictures of nature your stress decreases. View this TEDx video to find inspiration for gratitude.
Where or when do you feel grateful?