The beautiful product of a 45-minute gratitude writing practice — words from Desire Mapper Mara Lee Gilbert:
I’m grateful that people are willing to help me out if I need it. I’m grateful that I can ask for help when needed. I’m grateful for the networks I’m building.
The air I breathe, the sky I see everyday.
My health: how my body serves me to get through each day and process my surroundings that I may learn and grow. My ability to focus on how I’m feeling so that I can navigate into and out of situations that are beneficial or harmful.
I’m grateful for The Desire Map and that it found its way to me – that I have Sarah to talk through it with. That it enables me to take an honest look at myself and surprise myself.
I’m grateful for my parents – who support me and understand me. That they are still alive and well and happy and an example of the type of relationship I’m ready to embrace. That they guide me through difficult emotional times and bring me back into myself.
I’m grateful for my sister and how she has come to understand who I am and allowed that to inspire her. That she can share it with me. That we can talk through things and she offers a new perspective on things that cause me to think or question when I don’t want to.
I’m grateful for Stephanie. That we compliment each other so well and can laugh at ourselves from the deepest place.
I’m grateful that at this current moment I don’t feel angry or resentful at anyone.
That I embraced what lessons needed to be learned from my anger and I can feel a fascination towards those shadows, knowing there’s more of myself to discover there.
I’m grateful for the wind and looking at curly hair and how my hand holds a pen and paper and ink and abundance and ease of life in this western world that we can all wake up, meditate together, sit around a table inside a warm house with food and coffee and tea – all sensual elements that nourish us and aid us on our paths to best versions of self – that these things are readily available and allow us to sit here and think about things that may block us from being grateful for these things.
That we’re not being shot at right now or in search of clean water and food that we may not find today. That we’re not freezing to death. That we’re alive. That we’re sitting here seeking love, not hate. That we don’t fear fear enough not to examine it.
That although I am feeling really hungry and tired right now from lack of sleep and little food yesterday and none yet this morning – these problems can be easily resolved by the abundance of it all and general safety of this country. Thank you thank you thank you.
-Mara Lee Gilbert
My Core Desired Feelings: Clarity, Turned On (body mind spirit), In-Love, Open-Hearted, Grateful
Your turn. Take a few minutes (or 45) and free write all you feel thankful for. Share your thoughts in the comments below.