Small gratitudes

One of the many self-care practices I generally implement when going through dark times is a gratitude practice. This can be as simple as keeping a gratitude journal where I write down a list of five things that I am grateful for from the day before I go to bed. It can also be as extensive as using my 101-bead gratitude “necklace” to count off 101 things I’m grateful for from the day.

Often I implement this practice once I’m already down in the midst of the darkness when I’m trying to climb my way back out of the pit. This time I was already using my daily gratitude journal practice before the downward slide even began. It’s interesting to notice the difference.

Normally at this point, I find that getting the gratitude practice going is a struggle. It can be so hard to find anything to be grateful for in these times.

This time around, it is still fairly easy to find five things each night for which I am grateful. I have to admit that sometimes my lists look remarkably similar from day to day right now as I focus in on the things that still really shine through the fog, but the lists still come easily.

They are filled with things like sunlight, walks outside, good friends, delicious food, laughter, good books, hot baths, good tea, and kindnesses shown to me by the people in my life. There is always so much to be grateful for even when walking through dark lands!

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