Gratitude for gratitude itself: Crafting words of Thanksgiving

Author, poet, advocate, and teacher Evan J Peterson of the wordcrafting service Word Mercury has the following advice to share about expressing your thankfulness this holiday. Here are his tips.

Concentrate on the feeling or concept of gratitude

Peterson encourages you to "allow your mind to associate sensory impressions with gratitude."

"When have you felt particularly grateful? Who was there with you? What did you smell, and what did you touch? Let your sense memories and your body's responses indicate all you have to be grateful for."

Gratitude for gratitude itself

"Gratitude is upheld in many traditions as a key to softening the heart and overcoming grief and anger," said Peterson.

"Knowing how widely gratitude has been used as both spiritual and psychological tool, can you feel gratitude for gratitude itself? What messages and impressions come to you when you contemplate being grateful for gratitude?"

Beyond a beginner's relationship with gratitude

To go beyond a beginner's relationship with gratitude, take Peterson's advice, illustrated here:

Next time

This three-part series on how to create your words of gratitude for Thanksgiving comes to a close with a third blog post tomorrow.  On December 1, expect a blog on "Three tips to tea leaf reading for friends and family this holiday season".

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Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. She facilitates the Create your Fate (Tarot and more) Meetup and teaches seminars at the Mystical Paranormal Fair once a month. Her poetry has appeared in articles on, in "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.