Today, I am experience the difference between saying "thank you" or "that was nice", and expressing Gratitude.
Gratitude, in so many ways, is an Inner Harvesting. It is the act of sifting through myself to see what has been cultivated to its fullness.
In expressing gratitude, I may choose to share:
a) what it was specifically that brought me joy, what I have enjoyed seeing or hearing or sensing;
b) how this lands inside me - how I feel when I see or hear or sense, or remember, that specific action or occurence in my inner or outer world; and,
c) which Needs of mine have been met in this moment.
This practice of gratitude suppors me in connecting with myself as well as with the other. The third step is perhaps the most important in many ways, because it connects me to a fullness inside me, and that fullness is something the other can understand when it is expressed in the language of Needs - as these are common between us.
Can you think of one thing - small or large - that has brought you joy today, and connect with the needs that were met in that moment?
One of my experiences of joy today has been receiving a cup of tea from my cook. I have deeply met needs for support as this wakes me up in the morning and brings me a sense of calm and peace as well.
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