PRACTICING GRATITUDE

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We have discussed the importance of gratitude, and this is truly a cornerstone of integrating Shamanism into your daily life.

This is a quick and simple exercise that you can practice on a regular basis to engage in intentional gratitude.

It will help you shift your perceptions and recognize the gifts that are offered to you on a daily basis.

Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes. Sit in a way that you can be comfortable and relaxed.

Take several deep, slow breaths to clear your mind.

Speaking out loud, go through a list of gratitude.

This is done out loud because our voices are powerful ceremonial tools.

Below is an example of what these statements can look like, but you should thank our planet and nature for everything they have to offer.

I am thankful for this planet.

I am thankful for earth, air, fire, and water.

I am thankful for the sun and how it sustains us.

I am thankful for all of earth’s creatures.

I am thankful for my helping spirits and their guidance.

As you work through this exercise, get specific with your gratitude.

Mention the specific things in your life you are thankful for, such as your home, your surroundings, your resources, anything that supports your life and brings you joy.

Name the people who love you and support you. Thank the universe for providing the space and time to engage in this exercise, then take a few deep cleansing breaths before resuming your day.