Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it, so I wanted to write about my own personal gratitude jar experience. The “Season of Thanks” is a nice reminder for us to practice this part of our lives with more discipline, but it is not the only time we should take part. Practicing gratitude is a year-round activity! I know the idea of a gratitude jar is not a new one, but I’ve really enjoyed mine so thought it would be a good time to share the experience.
What Is It and Why Have One?
So about the jar. It is just a simple sugar/flour canister with a lid. I found some really cute cutouts here to go on the outside of my jar for decoration and to be a constant reminder of my daily evolving gratitude practice. I really liked the words or phrases that were used in the above referenced pdf because they resonate with my intention for the jar in many ways. My jar sits in a central location in my home so it is easily accessible, and acts as a constant reminder for saying “Thank You”, “I Love You”, and “I Forgive You”. I use it in my healing practice to include the names of anyone who would like to receive reiki energy through my monthly energy sessions and for any other goals and dreams I am currently putting energy toward creating in my physical reality. In truth, it serves as a Love-Gratitude-Manifestation-Prayer-Reiki Healing Jar.
How Does It Work?
- Set an intention for your jar and its uses. As a medium, I feel intention could easily be the single, most important step of the process. I wanted mine to represent a sacred act of service so I made it with the intention that it was special and for “holy work”. You don’t have to set yours up that way, but this is just one of the many options.
- Prepare your space. I took my time preparing my jar and table, not being stressed about it, or feeling rushed. Effortless was the theme surrounding my whole project because it is my intention to show gratitude everyday effortlessly. This step is where you will gather your jar, print off any printables you may choose to use, grab your pen, smudge your space, clean the table it will sit on, gather any special pieces you may add to the area, etc.
- Activate and Use. I love to use crystals as additions to my Reiki sessions and gratitude jar. After using them time and time again with great results, I incorporate the jar as part of my sacred space by being on the table or the centerpiece (get it? center of peace) to my crystal grids. I move it around often to be present in the moment and make it an important piece that receives my active attention and focus. So how do I use it? I use it pretty much whenever I feel like it, whenever I don’t feel like it, and any time in between. I usually stand over it at certain intervals and send it Reiki with the intention of love and gratitude, that all is well, and for the highest vibration of all involved. You don’t have to do it the way I do though, maybe you write on a little index card, sticky note, printable, or plain piece of paper. Write love notes, requests, or reminders and Voila! It is done. So simple and yet, that is the magic of it. It is not something that becomes another chore on your list. I find the more I practice the art of gratitude, the easier, more naturally it’s become to be grateful and see the many gifts in my everyday experience that I used to take for granted. I usually stand over it at certain intervals and send it Reiki with the intention of love and gratitude, that all is well, and for the highest vibration of all involved.
~the gift of life, breath and experience
~people, relationships, and influences in our life
~ financial situations, blessings, and “haves”
~Character, emotional, or professional strengths we embody
~goals we look forward to achieving
~health and body changes we’ve made, are making, or assisting others in achieving
~level of philanthropy, compassion, acts of service we are afforded the opportunity for
~activties we are able to take part in or reasons to smile