Keeping a gratitude journal is a solid way to grow, especially after a significant spiritual experience such as a retreat or service immersion trip. Cultivating a grateful heart helps us to see how blessed and loved we are. In additional to growth in awareness and in trust, there are many other benefits.
Dedicate a journal for this habit.
Journal 2-3 times a week for 3 weeks using the suggested steps below or click here for the handout.
Be specific, focus on people for whom you are grateful.
Savor surprises and unexpected encounters.
Suggested steps to journaling:
Using stream of consciousness writing for 5 minutes, I let my pen & spirit guide me without worrying about forming complete thoughts or sentences: “Today, I feel grateful (alive, peace, energized, hopeful, etc.) when …” or “Today, I was surprised by an unexpected gift when …”
I read what I wrote & underline any words or phrases that draw my attention.
Choosing a word, phrase, or pattern among what I underlined, I recall the experience & how it is a gift to me. I reflect on how it affects the way I relate to myself, to others, or to God.
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