Gratitude Intensive

 Bushes along the canal in Mission Bay. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy

Bushes along the canal in Mission Bay. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy

For the last several years I have been celebrating , Buy Nothing Day. It is a day to consciously choose how to spend this precious day off, a day to NOT shop on so-called Black Friday. We are citizens not consumers. Shopping does not bring happiness. 

This year I have decided to spend the day celebrating what I love rather than resisting what troubles me. I have decided that this year I will celebrate Green Friday, and make gratitude an intensive 4-day practice. Here are some of the items on my agenda:

1. Spend the extra time cooking and eating well. I've got a box of delicious produce for the week and a rack full of spices. I will savor my food at the table and give thanks to everyone who brought this harvest to my kitchen.

2. Write letters. This is the time of year I connect with old friends and I like to do it pen to paper. The stories will take as long at they take. I am grateful for old friends.

3. Go for a wander. I will get outside and explore my neighborhood. I will be fully present for all the colors and textures of the day. I will be surprised. I am grateful for this place.

  

 Mission Creek signs by children in the local elementary school. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy.

Mission Creek signs by children in the local elementary school. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy.

4. Get moving. I will go for a long swim in my favorite rooftop pool. I will take a dance class. I will go for a long bike ride. I am grateful for this body, for mobility, for independence.

5. Make space. I will clear out what I don't need from my closets and finally make that drop at the thrift store. I have everything I need. I am grateful for a house that is clean and clutter-free.

6. Read. I will spend the evenings reading rather than consuming digital media. I am grateful for literacy and grateful for the care that went into publishing these authors' ideas.

7. Reflect. I will look back on my goals for 2017 and reflect on what went well, what was a challenge, what surprised me. I will start sketching out my dreams for 2018. I am grateful for this "one wild and precious life". 

8. Connect. I will telephone, have video calls, invite friends over. I will listen more and better. I am grateful for love.

I invite you to take on your own 4-Day Gratitude Intensive. Who has time to shop?

 Restaurant in Mission Bay. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy

Restaurant in Mission Bay. Photo by Dayamudra Ann Dennehy