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To connect with the spirit of Thanksgiving, earlier this month, seekers came together at Dominican Center for a Write Your Heart Out session focused on gratitude. Using stillness, writing prompts, sharing, and supportive feedback, writers explored and expressed what gratitude means to them. One writing prompt, a quote from Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, moved writer Teri Burns to reflect on the many ways we can live with an intentional attitude of gratitude.

Gratitude isn’t about one single thing or one single practice. It is an attitude for living. Like getting off a turbulent plane ride and kissing the ground in gratitude for being back on land. Or kneeling next to my mother’s bed as she lay dying and telling her how much I love her, even if I wasn’t the best daughter in the world. Or kneeling beside a child’s bed and watching her sleep. Or kissing the forehead of my grandson. We have thousands of opportunities to stop and kneel and kiss the ground every day, honoring the One who gives us life and love.

Kneeling forces us to stop, to be present in the moment, to appreciate the now and what is at hand.

Kneeling and kissing take physical effort. Gratitude takes effort. It is an intentional attitude, a conscious decision to see life through the eyes of love. When we practice gratitude, we become aware of all that is around us, the thousands of opportunities to touch the Divine, to grow in wisdom and in love.

Written by Teri Burns, Director of Faith Formation at St. Robert Newminster Church