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Kristy Arbon
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher
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Bryanna
Small & simple
It's very easy to get bogged down by everyday life. This meditation was very uplifting by focusing on the day to day things we take for granted. It was a very nice refresher!
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Joyce
I have so many things to be grateful for!
I am blessed with family and love. Little things I'm grateful for are hot baths! The sunshine! My sons smile! My daughters pictures she texted me.
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Christina
Small things are everything!
I couldn't believe how many small things happened today that I was able to reflect on and be grateful for, just upon hearing the suggestions in this meditation. I'm grateful for this gratitude meditation!🙏
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Nelly
Day 6
I am thankful for eyebrows and eyelashes up to I did get good service at a restaurant to day back too I love my dog to the weather is really nice...Jus ramblings of lil thank yous!!! I love it🌺🌺 😌😌😅😅 🙏🙏🙏🙏
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Gail
So much gratitude
I learned with this lovely meditation that I have so many things in my life for which to be grateful, and I look forward to taking this into my day. Now to make coffee with mindfulness and joy and gratitude.
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Meredith
Appreciating small moments
This meditation allowed me to step back when I was feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious to observe my environment and find gratitude in what I have. Even looking at my warm cup of coffee with a new perspective filled my heart with joy, love, and gratitude and shifted my perspective from fuzziness to one of peace. Thank you for helping me step back to observe and appreciate the small moments 🙏🏻
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Dave
Abundant prosperity
There is so much in each day that brings me joy, that replenishes my kindness and appreciation for living. People, places, things, the vast realm of experience. Today I was even grateful for my stomach ache. It was my body alerting me to distress, so that I would not eat more, and could take care of myself. I'm grateful for this meditation and my increasing ability to practice and experience gratitude. Thank you
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Sheridan
Be grateful
Be grateful for everything you have. Not just small things. This meditation relaxed me and made me realise that you need to be grateful for everything
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Mia
Gratitude makes my existence sacred
And makes me see the magic around me. I want to make gratitude an everyday ritual. That in itself is pure healing magic...
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Mia
Gratitude makes my existence sacred
And makes me see the magic around me. I want to make gratitude an everyday ritual. That in itself is pure healing magic...
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Mia
Gratitude makes my existence sacred
And makes me see the magic around me. I want to make gratitude an everyday ritual. That in itself is pure healing magic...
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Rebecca
Gratitude
I am grateful for the beauty of nature, the blue sky today, the sun shining down on all the beautiful colours of the trees, the fields and all the wonderful vibrant flowers. I am grateful for all the precious animals we have living around us. I am grateful for the friendliness of strangers around us, in shops or on the bus or even on this app. I am grateful for the wonderful friends I have. I am especially grateful for my wonderful partner that works so hard, and looks after me so well, especially when I struggle on my bad days.
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Mathew
Awareness
Gratitude is more about being aware of things and less about being thankful.
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Makayla
Gratitude is important
I learned that we should be grateful for the little things. Because later in time we might realize that they were big things. 😇🤗✌🏽💁🏽🙂
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Jenn
Blessed!
I try each day to give gratitude and appreciation to the little things that I'm so thankful for in my life! It's so important to appreciate all we have and are blessed with! Life is so precious... and I want to enjoy everyday... my journey through life!!! Love these meditations that are reminders to be grateful for everything, big and small!
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Lorie
Small
I should be grateful for the small things in my life. Take time to be thankful every day.
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Arlene
Grateful
I learned that we must reflect on the positive to amplify it in our lives.
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Emie
Gratitude
I learned that practicing gratitude for even the tiniest of things brings out a smile from me and immediately puts me in a better mood.
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Amanda
I am grateful for the morning. For the time I take to have breakfast with my son
That 10 mins isn’t a time burden. That ten minutes makes me happy
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Susie
Gratitude for Small Things
There are so many small things in my life to be grateful for each day...even on what might seem to be a bad day. Thanks for reminding me to always look just a bit deeper for those small things which often are just taken for granted. I smiled when you mentioned the buttons on my shirt 😊. Namaste 🙏🏻.
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Annette
Gratitude for small things
I learned just how many things that I do actually pay attention to and how many small things that I still are not noticing. I am though pretty much noticing things almost through a child’s eye or trying to.
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Naya
Gratitude
I learned that I need to stop hoping that I will be happier in the future once I’ve achieved x, y, and z. Instead, I should be happy that the weather is beautiful and that I’m working my dream job and I have friends and family that I can turn to when times get rough.
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Danielle
Day Two
Wonderful! I practice gratitude daily or I try every morning. However it is as she said for the obvious things in my life. I am going to challenge myself to practice gratitude throughout my day for all the small things as well that I may never even pause to take note of otherwise. I am grateful for learning a new practice that will improve the quality of my life and the love for those around me. Namaste🌸
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Christina
Gratitude
It is so good to remind ourselves to be grateful for the small things. Today I am grateful for the hello in the hallway from coworkers and the sunshine on brisk cold fall days. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Don
Grateful and not dead
What a great practice and I am using this several times each day when my mind is thinking in a negative way
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Tyler
Joy and gratitude
I learned that joy and gratefulness are inextricably linked to one another in the biggest of things as well as the littlest of things.
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Lauren
Gratitude
As Thanksgiving is tomorrow this was the perfect meditation to focus me. The small things in life are what make each day unique and special. I am thankful for the sunshine so I could walk with my dad today.
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Adam
Small can be big
Gratitude for even the smallest things - many of which are not actually all that small - can have a huge affect on my attitude and sense of peace.
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Te Mana
Gratitude when inside
When I was in prison I could appreciate small things. Small acts of kindness spoke volumes. Things like food and water and a blanket were things I had gratitude for. There was one prison guard who was kind and gave me a telephone call. I was released that night. I will remember this experience and I’m grateful for it. I learnt a lot.
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Leigha
Gratitude
Take the time to enjoy the little moments in life. Often I do this but I think I should be more present in my own life.
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Tony
Small Thing
The sun on my face and wind in my hair feel damn good. Also spending time with family rocks.
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Mark
Gratitude
It feels good to acknowledge gratitude for small, everyday things; a breath of fresh air, a quite moment, the scent of lavender, amongst many others. We all are surrounded by little joys everyday. They are a blessing.
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Steve
Gratitude for small things
Always be mindful of peoples feeling. Learn to be more sensitive to other peoples thoughts.
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Rebecca
Grateful
I’m grateful for the small things, that is what makes the day to day something to be grateful for.
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Jas
Small good things matter
It does matter being thankful for them. and i THANK GOD big !!!
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Everett
Huyg
The jury all people precious and I love it I love you you have a nice day
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Kylie
Buttons
Zippers. The sun on my floor, and learning from my grandma her views on life ❤️
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Cyndee
Remember Gratitude is Powerful
I’m grateful for many small pleasures in life but, I think I forget to be grateful for the small things some days when I’m feeling stressed, tired, anxious or just not happy. I hope I can remember to appreciate all the small things around me the next time I’m feeling kind of down. Feeling gratitude is really very easy, it is much harder to deal with negative feelings. Gratitude is a powerful thing that can change your mood to positive. So, I will try to remember this when I need it the most. 🌻🌅🌻
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Alexander
Gratitude can seem exciting!
It seems exciting to try to find gratitude in the small things each day. To really appreciate all the special and ordinary things that make up our day!
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Marva
Era of comfort
I learned that my every day life is full of comforts that support me, from the advancement of warm socks for my feet on these cold days, my warm blanket, paved roads to travel on, pre-ground flour to bake with. We are lucky to live in a time where everything we interact with has so many small built in comforts to support our day and decrease our workload.
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Stacey
The little things
We are all connected and unified as one. The little things sometimes gets left out, because of finding purposeful meaning to life, and soul searching. Remember the little things are a part of that unity.
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Julie
Little things
I learned that you can find happiness in small things everyday!!
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Ebony
Gratitude
It is so easy to have gratitude for the big things in life and find it hard to let the small things give us gratification as well. I need to take time to pause and admire all the small things in my life.
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Juliej.beck@yahoo.co
Gratitude
It’s the little things in life that makes us happy. Be happy
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Janna
Gratitude
I was reminded of all the small things to be grateful for each day. There were many items that popped quickly into my head. I am a very lucky person to have so many small things to be happy for as the impact lasts much longer than the large things.
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Crystal
Gratefulness brings smiles
Being grateful will bring a smile to your face. Even the small things will make you think about good thoughts and turn the frown upside down.
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William
Things I am grateful for..
• Written music.. • Breath • Television • I need to reflect more on the smaller things that I’m grateful for..
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Allison
Lots of small things
There are so many small things in life we take for granted. It’s nice to take a minute to appreciate them.
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Eric
Grayitude
The drive for more, ambition, and goals sometimes force the focus on what I don’t have and make it easy to miss and appreciate the small things in life.
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Chris
Gratitude
I learned that Gratitude is a vital part of my daily practice.
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Marlin
Gratitufe
Today I learned it doesn’t take a lot to make me smile and be grateful
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Akiera
Gratitude
The little things that make each day special are just as important as major accomplishments.
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Cait
happiness
Small things make the days easier. it's easy to sweat the small things but having gratitude for small things is harder.
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Ryan
Gratitude
I am grateful for my friends I am grateful for my teachers I am grateful for my trumpets I am grateful for my car I am grateful for my loud refrigerator I am grateful for food I am grateful for my health I am grateful for my family I will be more grateful of my challenges
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Tommy
Little things mean a lot
I learned that even the smallest things are deserving of appreciation. The drawstring on my pants, the guy at Potbelly that makes me smile, etc.
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Madi
Nature
I learnt that listening and meditating outside and using nature as your music is very powerful and a gift 🌈
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Pat
Gratitude
I’ve always said don’t sweat the small stuff. What I learned today is to also appreciate the small things in my life. Im going to smile all day as I appreciate as much as I can. 😀
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Jorge
Las pequeñas cosas
Durante años había evitado el poner atención en los eventos diminutos que afectaron de alguna forma el desarrollo normal de mi vida. Hoy lo hice previamente a la sesión de meditación y no pude evitar sentirme ligeramente liberado y agradecido por haber sobrepasado cosas tan innecesarias y por haber vivido eventos positivos que me hicieron seguir adelante.
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Nicole
Gratification
By being thankful for more things throughout the day, we raise and elevate the way we experience life, creating a more blissful and loving life
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India
Gratitude
I love how gratitude can enhance your daily experiences! Being grateful for the smallest things such Ashe ability to walk or see or hear because not everyone has this opportunity, or the gratitude towards the food we can eat or the roofs over our head. These are tiny things that make a big impact on our lives and we should be grateful for each and every one of them
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Lexie
Gratitude for small things
I learned that allowing yourself to feel gratitude for small things in life like the wind, the warmth of the sun, a soap that smells good and makes your skin soft, etc can really brighten your day and connect you more with the world around you.
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Aaron
Gratitude
Showing gratitude for the little things in life make everything seem so much better than when you don’t pay any attention to the little things. The little things in life are what we live for!
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Caitlin
Simple things are still wonderful
The more I do meditation and practice gratitude, the more I’ve come to appreciate the small and everyday things in life. Having a warm cup of tea, seeing the crows fly above me, and taking small walks outside. The big things are still important but so are the small.
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Melissa
Gratitude
I loved the images I got in this meditation. I have been trying to be more grateful everyday. Green light?! Thank you! Hearing laughter?! Awesome! Thanks :) This helped me go deeper with it. Hearing birds sing brings a big smile to my face. So do Tibetan singing bowls :) It’s the small things that add up to big things :)
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Josie
Self caring
I learned that if you take care of yourself (your mind, your food intake, your sleep, your mood) first, its going to be easer taking care of others (deal with your friendship, give them needed compliments, not leaving them alone, being there for them) .
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Marisa
Day 45
Today i was able to be grateful for things that provide me with comfort and let me recognize the smalls scale things that bring me comfort
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Shaikha
Appreciate
Sometimes we look for big things to feel happy and we wait for those big moments to feel better, forgetting all the details in daily life. In relationships for example, we should look for the small things that person did for us, and stop thinking that they should do more, just appreciate.
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Clay
Excited
I am leaving to see my brother in 2 hours and that made it very difficult to focus. Just too excited.
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Marshall
Gratitude
I can continually practice gratitude for the small things, and it will enhance my feeling of connection and thankfulness for all of the big things, too
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Jacqueline
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Instead of focusing on my emotions all the time I should pay attention to small details throughout my day that make it good, don’t focus on the negative
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Diani
Gratitude
I learned that time is too short to take the small things for granted and that wasting time on worrying and feel sad for myself only hurts me
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Sofia
PALOMA
Paloma is the best in the whole entire world and she also loves coffee.
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Megan
Gratitude
It was very eye opening when it said to have gratitude for the small things that are helping you get through the day.
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Vineet
Gratitude for small things
It is such an BIG lesson in life to be grateful and have gratitude for small things in life - changes the perspective and attitude completely
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Tia
Good
I feel better Now much better When I closed my eyes and thought about it, it was good
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Crystal
Relieved
I felt more relieved. In a span of a few minutes, i was relieved from the current baggages im carrying. I was able to smile without worry and i was able to look at the simple things that helped me get through the day
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alaysha
sad
i was sad but listening to this for my first time just made me feel relieved and calm.
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Teresa
I’m ok
Finally feeling better now about myself and not trying to please the world but working on just me and everything about me and trying not to let bullies and those who don’t like me get me down and just let them and it go. It’s really an awesome feeling! 😊!
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Debb
Gratitude for Small Things
Being grateful for the small things always gives me a sense of joy. Happiness can be fleeting, such as the happiness at seeing a friend. But joy experienced as a result of gratitude is a deeper emotion that fills our being. The joy experienced by practicing gratitude for small things is life changing.
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Janitta
Gratitude
Being grateful for the small things in life can bring you comfort and joy! Taking time to acknowledge them can ease your mind and increase positivity in your day!
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Becca
Grateful
This practice made me realize just how fortunate I am right now. Also how even the sweet robins outside of my window bring me immeasurable joy!
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John
Gratitude
It’s important to be grateful for all the small things that make your day.
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Laura
Thinking about little things
When I think about the little things I have that make my life so much easier, I can’t believe of the flood of things I think about that I didn’t before. Really cool to realize how blessed I am
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Nicole
I felt like...
All I had to do is be grateful for the food I have. For the self-control I managed to have this morning at the grocery store. For still having the ability to get more later on. Not being malnourished is a great place to be in.
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Valerie
Small things
I learned that I let one part of my day take up all of my focus when I have had other pleasant interactions I should be grateful for. I think I get too caught up on one thing and don’t pay enough attention to the rest of my day. I want to let things go easier so I can be more appreciative when smaller pleasant things happen.
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Ton
Small things
I learned that I never considered what small things really are. I always thought I was always happy with small things but I never considered the birds or wind things like that, as something to consider.
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Sofia
I’m not a weirdo :D
I am not weird for smiling as I’m out and about with my day. I’m just grateful to be alive and happy for the small things
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Carolyn
Gratitude
Grateful that I was able to fully engage in TODAY with my children; their well-being, activities, meal preparations, studies & homework, friends. And, that mom’s power & water came back on after the storm.
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Torsten
Visualization is harder than it sounds...
When trying to visualize yourself in the future it is hard to really see yourself. In case of achieving this goal the outcome is so powerful and rewarding. Give it a try; soon you will have become a master in visualization.
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Mary
Gratitude of small things
I am grateful for good posture while sitting, walking, standing and bending. The small things you barely notice doing the course of the day.
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Haley
Gratitude and Gratefulness
I learned the more gratitude and gratefulness you show other people, people will show you the same thing
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Linda
Thank you.
Just being is a gift, a privilege. An opportunity. How can we be anything but thankful?
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Rick
Gratitude Reminder
This lesson worked to remind me to be have a grateful mindset as I enter the day. I sometimes feel like I’ve heard all the lessons and that I have this whole meditation thing as dialed as I can, then I get humbled by a lesson that reminds me how far I’ve strayed from my vision. I take so much for granted! Thanks for listening, Aura community! I am grateful for you all!
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Halle
Gratitude
I felt more connected to gratitude I learned that it can be as small as soap to clean your hands.
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Tiffany
Coffee
Beans, beans and more beans. It is the small moments that bring gratitude, joy and pleasure into my life. My cup runneth over. Today was a good day.
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Ashley
Gratitude for Small Things
I learned that it’s important for us to take time to appreciate the small things in our life! It’s easy for us to appreciate the big things that mark accomplishments and achievements but the little things that make our day to day life easier or just add some type of meaning into our life are just as Important! I really enjoyed doing this, I love practicing gratitude and this really made me happy and was such a great meditation to do before bed. Things are very difficult and challenging in my life right now so this was a great reminder for me right now and I really needed it. 🥰🙌🏼
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Jana
Inspiring
The Little things and the free things in life are the things that really matter.
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Kirsten
Gratitude
I learned that we need to give thanks for things in our lives.
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Jessica
Day 8
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. To stop and think of the good little day to day things in my life, rather than the seemingly big uncontrollable things, is a good practice. I think it helps me come back to earth just a little bit
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Jose
Gratitude for small things
This exercise was great for making us care about small “insignificant “ things
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Jacqueline
Connect more
Practicing gratitude feels like an exercise that helps me try and sense things that could but never did come into sight. It leaves me feeling a possibility that I haven’t felt all I could, haven’t experienced beyond the surface of my assumed perspective of the world around me. Nice exercise.
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Vicki
Noticing my breath.
It’s been a good day of joining immediate family together at church. A good day of time with extended family at a family reunion of my maternal grandfather and his siblings’ descendants. Gathering together with familiar family members and getting to know new family members. And smiling. And feeling joy and contentment. An easy night of experiencing my breath and falling into a gentle sleep. Thank you, Lord. 🙏🏻
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Cherish
Small Things
It is easy for us to feel gratitude for the big accomplishments we achieve throughout life. However, it is so easy to overlook the small things in our lives. In this meditation, we are invited to have gratitude for the small things. This meditation made me think of having running water. While living on my own in Alaska, I stayed in a dry cabin. I had no access to running water. I had 5 gallon buckets in which I would pour into a 55 gallon drum. I could turn on a switch underneath my sink in the kitchen and turn on the facet to have grey water. My bathroom was my outhouse. I would shower at the university or various other places. It was a different way of life, but I made it work throughout my years of living in the cabin. Now, I no longer have to pour water into a 55 gallon drum to have access to water. I do not have to boil water to wash dishes. I do not have to leave my house in order to take a shower. For all of these reasons, I am truly grateful. After listening, I looked around my surroundings. I see beautiful flowers. I hear birds chirping in the trees. I feel a small breeze on my skin. By practicing gratitude for the small things that I have in my life, my overall well-being has been greatly enhanced. Namaste! 🙏🏻❤️😊
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Krystan
Daily Gratitude
I use the Gratitude365 App to close out my day in gratitude. This meditation I absolutely right. Some days I can only find small things to be grateful for, but even in that-I start the next day again trying to look for more things to be grateful for. Right now, I have to say I’m grateful for the s’mores coffee creamer I learned to make recently.
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Aura
awesome
I feel gratitude for this app that opened my eyes and heart.
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Jeri
Yes!
I’ve been using my gratitude journal everyday and being thankful for the little things is starting to change my mindset ❤️
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Laura
Noice
It’s nice after a long day to look back and focus on the little positive things in life. It helps u realize any day can be good no matter what and I appreciate that.
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Angie
I do appreciate the small things in daily life but I don’t always allow myself to really marvel
I need to marvel more at the little things . I’ll keep trying to meditate several times a day
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Jeanisse
Gratitude towards everything
It’s important to understand that life is messy and has it’s good & bad moments... but it’s equally important to not lose sight of what matters -every living being matters; you, then, I matter. Let’s take time to be grateful for the little things before taking bigger steps. Be grateful for another’s thoughtfulness, maybe living a sticky note for you or even allowing you to pet their animal companion. Whatever small thing, be grateful for it; maybe then, we will be able to see the bigger picture.
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Sharmain
Thank You!
It’s very rare that I get to choose “Great” as an answer every time Aura asks me how I feel each day. So many good little things have happened to me today, and it included stumbling upon this meditation. It allowed me to look back at today’s events, big or small, and really appreciate how good they made me feel. Sure, there were things that happened that were not in my favor, but I was amazed how those many little good things outweighed the few bad ones. I think it always does. We just need to shift our focus. Didn’t even know that buttons could be one of those good things to be thankful for. 😂 So thank you for still making me grateful through this practice. Namaste 🙏
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Bri
Appreciative
I feel more appreciative of little things, big things, all lessons whether positive or negative. Each thing has served a purpose, leading up to this self confident & self loved version of me.
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Borealis
Kristy I always look for beauty in my day
If we just take the time and look around us, there is beauty to have gratitude for in even in a single 🍁 leaf there are veins that if held in just the Wright Lite that can Brite our day🌹
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LADY
GREATFUL
SMALL STEPS ARE HUGE STEPS. SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS WILL SOON BECOME BIG ONES. LOVE YOURSELF.
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Leslie
Grateful 🙏🏼❤️
Really appreciate this meditation. It is now a favorite that I am adding into my week. Thank you! ✨
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