Mindful Monday-Gratitude


“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

-Robert Holden


Happy Monday All. Catherine and I both hope you had a lovely weekend and welcome to another Mindful Monday here at Illuminated By U! Since it’s the holiday season I decided to approach this week’s Mindful Monday a bit differently. If you’re following us on social media (*cough which you should be cough*) you already knew this week we would be focusing our attention on gratitude.

So for today I ask that you spend some time, even just 5 mins, reflecting on this year, this decade, whatever length of time you would like, and create a list of gratitude. These can be people, experiences, things. Whatever you’re grateful for, write it down. Remember that we can find gratitude in both gaining and letting go of things in our lives.

Once you have your gratitude list, spend another few moments rereading it in a silent moment as this week’s meditation. You can read it aloud or simply in your head, and truly take time to appreciate the depth the words on that piece of paper carry with them.


My gratitude list:

  1. I am grateful for my family. I have a wonderful man in my life, a beautiful son, and though most of my other family are scattered around the country, I have cards and gifts to remind me of them during the holiday season.
  2. I am grateful we can celebrate the holiday season. I am grateful we can financial provide not one, but two Christmas dinners this year, presents for our son under the tree, and presents for a child without a home to call his own this year.
  3. I am grateful for my yoga practice. It keeps me grounded, centered, healthy. It helps to calm my mind, find peace, and ease my anxiety.
  4. I am grateful to have seen another birthday this year. Especially reflecting on this at this moment, when a friend of mine passed away this week, and it’s the anniversary of another friend’s passing this week as well, I am reminded of how truly fragile life is and how much gratitude I have in still living mine.
  5. I am grateful for my mother. I could literally write about five hundred and two things I am grateful for about her, but mom if you’re reading this, know that I love you.
  6. I am grateful for my friends. I have always believed quality over quantity, and because of that, it’s never very hard to find gratitude in the company that I keep.

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