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Today's Daily Om
Offerings Of The Day: Finding Gifts In All

When we have good days, we often find ourselves going over the details later, enjoying them a second and third time as we feel the joy of our good fortune. When we have bad days, we may find ourselves poring over the details of our misfortunes. However, we can reframe those bad days by making it a daily practice to spend some time before going to bed each night to review the gifts we received that day. Regardless of our evaluation of the day—good, bad, mediocre—we can call forth the many blessings that were present. This practice transforms our consciousness as it reveals the fullness at the heart of our lives.

Some days it’s easy to recount the gifts we’ve received; on other days, we have to look harder for the offerings of the day, but once we do, we will find there are always quite a few. We can keep it simple and be grateful for the fact that we have a roof over our head, nature, food, and our health. Once we have fully experienced these gifts, we can move outward to the gifts that may require a little more thought such as the gifts of forgiveness, tolerance and acceptance that we may have learned that day. We can also always be grateful for the people in our lives who support us, no matter how bad our day may have been.

Just reviewing the many positive offerings in our lives provides a context for our difficulties that puts them in proper perspective, but we can also make an effort to see the gifts even in adverse circumstances. This can be challenging and may require some practice before it feels authentic, but we have all had the experience of a disappointment or loss leading to a surprising gain. Just remembering this and trusting the give and take of life can help us to remember that sometimes the best gifts of all are the ones we don’t recognize right away. In addition, the lessons we learn in the face of adversity are offerings in their own right, allowing us to count patience, wisdom, and fortitude alongside the other gifts of the day.

The State of the Cranium is: : busy sweaty, but busy

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poetry_lady From: poetry_lady Date: July 11th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
I've done this practice, and at the request of a counselor, paired it with a list of "5 things I did right today." When I was trying to help a friend, she got hung up on the "5 things I did right"--she started out fine, but then had days where it was "got out of bed" was one of the things she did right. And that made her feel even worse--that naming the things she did right made her feel bad because there weren't more. Same thing with gratitudes. Any advice on how to respond to such a headspace. I've been there--it's not like I didn't have the same thoughts at times when things were harsh. But somehow, I guess, I had the blind faith that a person in authority was telling me this was supposed to help me heal, so I kept doing it, and eventually got past it.

(Now, I still have days like that--but at least I know they're not a default state. But I still don't know how to respond to her without setting her off again...)

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