Gratitude Journals House Heartfelt Feelings of Abundance
The German mystic, Meister Eckhart, noted the power of gratitude hundreds of years ago in Germany when he wrote: “If the only prayer you say is thank you, then that is enough.” Now his philosophy turns up on memes in social media feed, T-Shirts, and, yes, on the covers and pages of elite writing journals. Gratitude, it seems, has become trendy.
The Variety of Options in Curating Thankfulness can Cause Problems
Gratitude Journals are viable, simple, and practical tools for advancing abundance. Yet, many people get so caught up in the proper way to write about abundance that it leads to confusion. Should the journal be written like a diary account of an incident that reflected gratitude? Or should it be a list? If it is a list, then should is be bulleted, dashed, or numeric? Should journal writing be done first thing in the morning or right before bed? And what about the journal itself? Should it be lined or unlined? A formal hardback “Gratitude Journal” embossed notebook, cloth covered book, or plain steno pad? The answers to these and other ways to use a gratitude journal could very well fill up whole volumes of books in the self-help section on Amazon.
The Secret to Creating These Journals Correctly
After nearly 20 years of keeping a gratitude journal, here is what I know: there is no one-size-fits-all method to writing about things you are grateful for in journals. And the journals can be as opulent or utilitarian as you choose them to be. The power rests more in the act of being willing to curate notations in pretty much any type of blank book available to feel empowered, centered, and in connection with creative flow. And, in any format that suites the writer. I have listed in bullets, stars, and dashes. Furthermore, I have done full-page stream-of-conscious writing to delineate optimal experiences, too. And, while I do not fix a specific time to do my journal during the day, one of my friends swears that by listing pleasantries before bed helps her sleep like a baby.
Still Confused? Set an Intention, Then Start Writing!
Circling back to Meister Eckhart, set a simple intention of thank you in your journal. Then, in any form that feels authentic to you, jot down examples from your day that resonate with the intention in mind. Some days it will be easy when blessings seem to pour freely into your path. I am grateful for the sunshine that streamed through the trees on my walk near the shore. I am grateful for the GNO and the laughter we shared. I am grateful for the pot of soup Mom brought over when I was down with the flu. Other days the basic provision of head-to-pillow gratitude may be all that can be mustered. I am grateful that this day ended. I am grateful for my bed. I am grateful for my blankets and soft pillow as I go to rest.
Often, however, there is a tug towards center to create an entry that shows appreciation for the steaming hot mug of tea, the kitten curled up on my lap, or the beat of the rain on the window like a metronome helping me to place my words on the page.
In short, Gratitude Journals are as unique as people and the experiences. These tools harvest heartfelt praise in even the darkest of days. And, yes, that in itself is enough.