by Molly Veydovec *
Autumn is in full residence. The colors are deep and the days are short. Our mornings are slower and our nights quieter. The busy days of summer are complete and we’re dreaming of holiday plans or winter projects.
With tranquil fall days, it’s the perfect time to take stock of our surroundings, breathe in the abundance of our life and practice moments of gratitude throughout the day.
Here are 5 ways we can take pause and reflect on our blessings:
Say a prayer
Prayer doesn’t need to be formal. In fact, it can be as easy as saying a simple “thank you” throughout the day. Thank you for the rising sun. For the hot tea in our cup. For our children snug in their beds. It can be a special moment before a meal, or as we embark on a new endeavor. It can be for the opportunity of work, or the ability to breathe clean air and enjoy good health.
This is a sweet and special idea that is a favorite among children. Begin or end the day by writing a note of thanks on a slip of paper. At the end of the year, you’ll have a lovely collection of thankfulness with silly things like chocolate ice cream and blue bicycles, plus heartfelt items like time with grandpa or a teacher’s kind words.
Similar in idea to a gratitude jar (but perhaps more private!) – a journal or one-line-a-day notebook is another simple idea to record the things we might usually take for granted. It might be the thoughtful act that someone shared with you or a poem you remembered.
Much like prayer, meditation needn’t have rules. Walking intentionally up the stairs can be a meditation. Washing the dishes or taking a peaceful walk with the dog. Any moment in time that you take to tune into the present is sure to leave you feeling grateful for your surroundings.
Perhaps the most meaningful of gratitude practices, taking time to spend with someone who is alone, making a meal for a family in need, or even a small donation sent with thoughts of abundance truly brighten our lives and those of others.
Giving and serving in the mission to end hunger always begins by recognizing your own abundance. You realize that your needs are met and there’s still a little left over that you are willing to share to help your neighbors who might otherwise go without.
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* Molly Veydovec is a SoSA volunteer