As I continue to deepen my practice of mindfulness, one recommendation that keeps coming up is keeping a gratitude journal. It can give you a new perspective on what is really important and what you truly appreciate in life.
I have seen it in action all last year as my friend Kenn posted a photo on FaceBook daily of things that he had gratitude for. I am someone who spends most of my day writing and am a visual person. I found that taking a photo is a really fun and interesting way to put together a journal.
It has inspired me to start my own gratitude album here, #365Grateful. #NoFilter #Unvarnished
Today I am grateful for the Canadian health system and having a great family doctor. He always takes the time to listen and explain his recommendations.
Today I am grateful for my dog groomer, Crystal, at Timmie Doggie Outfitters. She always does an amazing job and I can see the silly Muppet's eyes again.
It's been about two months since I started working out with a personal trainer. Today I am grateful for her advice, coaching and the results that I am seeing.
I am grateful for elotes. 😛
On my way to the gym this morning I caught a glimpse of Old City Hall and a new streetcar. While there aren't many old buildings around in Toronto I am grateful that there are some that still stand. Especially when you see the juxtaposition with new things, like 501 finally getting new streetcars!
So, it's been a while since I have posted. It's been crazy at work and I am grateful that one of my friends got me out of the house for brunch at Beast to start by vacation.
It has started to snow and we could have the first real accumulation for this winter. I always smile at Ace's reaction of sheer joy when there is fresh snow. It makes me grateful to find joy in such simple things.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse and I forgot my lunch in the fridge at home today. A Freshii has opened in my office building and today I am grateful to be able to get a healthy lunch without having to venture far.
My parents both passed in 2009, less than six months apart. A couple that I am friends with invited me over for tea and introduced me to this book by Pema Chödrön. In the intervening 10 years I have gone back to that book many times and explored more of Pema's teachings. Today I am grateful to Zach and Joachim.
Before I left Vancouver to move to Toronto I sold my car. I really don't need one often. Today I am grateful to The Bone House for having a free and reliable delivery service for the Muppet's food. Ace is grateful too! This month he is having the duck.
Today I am grateful for just a few moments of silence. There is no noise coming from my neighbours or outside. There is nothing but quiet.
Today would have been my mother's 75th birthday. I am grateful for all the lessons that she taught me, especially to be self sufficient.
Today I made a great chicken tortilla soup in my slow cooker. It was a great antidote to the cold temperatures outside. I am grateful to have access to bountiful healthy food.
Today I am grateful for my personal trainer. We have only been working together for four weeks but I am already starting to notice a difference in my body and posture. She has been tailoring the program to strengthen areas where I have been riddled with injuries. It's been great adding weight training to my running.
As the temperature drops and the nights get colder I am grateful to have safe, warm and comfortable shelter in a city that is increasingly becoming too expensive for many people.
We have a temperamental elevator in my building. It's been out of service twice for extended periods of time since I have lived here. This morning the door clunked a few times as I was heading out for my run. I am grateful that I did not get stuck in it.
Today I am grateful for Starbucks, and not for the coffee. If you have ever been a runner you know that sometimes nature will call and you have to find a place to answer. All Starbucks stores that I have encountered in these situations have been accommodating.
Today I am grateful for unseasonable warm January weather. Normally by now it's long johns and parkas. Had a great run this morning and wore just a light jacket to walk Ace tonight.
Today I am grateful for all the meditation teachers that I have had. Whether in real life, recorded or virtual, learning from them is helping me to my road to enlightenment. No matter how long that road may be.
Today I am grateful for my doctor. A year and a half ago he recommended that I take up running as a way to manage stress and get exercise in with my dog. From not being able to run around the block to setting a new personal best time for running 10 K today, it has changed my life immensely.