This Gratitude Meditation can improve your attitude and open your eyes. In fact, you may never look at the world the same again!
Fun for Family and Friends
Use this fun technique as an activity. Start the practice of gratitude with children as early as possible.
Pick ONE Item to Think About
Pick something randomly. Have the youngest or oldest in the room select the item. Take your thoughts to the large number of people involved in bringing one single item to YOU.
Here’s an Example Using a Cranberry:
Hold a cranberry in your hand. Appreciate the beauty of its color, then note its shape and size. What words would you use to describe it?
Where was this Cranberry Grown?
- Was it a family farm? Was the family part of a national food cooperative? How many people and generations have been devoted to the creation of this perfect cranberry?
- Who made the equipment to flood the fields for harvest? How many were involved with making the pumps that suction the floating cranberries onto the conveyor belt or to drain the bog after the harvest?
- How many were involved in making this conveyor belt? Or the bins that the cranberries are placed in before leaving on trucks? How about those special tires on those big trucks?
Look at the Bag of Cranberries
- How many employees work at the company that made the plastic? Whether it came from crude oil or is synthetically made, there are scientists, researchers, production workers, transportation (drivers), even a sales team, involved in getting the plastic made into a bag.
- How big is the manufacturer of the ink on the bag? There’s another research team, chemists, production workers, salespeople, logistics workers, and truck drivers involved in getting the ink to the factory where the plastic bag is made.
- How many people were involved in making the manufacturing equipment? Get the picture? The equipment probably includes metal, plastics, rubber, electronics, and electricity.
- What about the trucks that transported the equipment? What about the fuel for the trucks and the workers’ cars?
How Did the Cranberry Get into a Bag?
How many people are involved at a “cranberry factory” where those little red sweet-tarts are sorted and bagged?
This little berry made it into a bag, but millions, or billions, are processed into juices, jellies, and craisins (That’s another path for another meditation!).
Who Helped Get the Cranberry Bags to Market?
Sales teams, office workers, truck drivers, freight companies’ employees, and more!
And do all of those people have BENEFITS? There’s another level of involvement!
Who Worked at the Market?
- What number of people work at the market, allowing us the easy convenience of purchasing food close to our homes?
- How many are in the offices? How many stock shelves? What about the cashier who handled your purchase?
One Tiny Cranberry,
So Much to Think About.
Share your thoughts in the comment box below…
What little things are YOU thankful for?
Do you think Gratitude Meditation might be a fun activity for YOUR FAMILY?
And if you want to know more about this little fruit, read this recent article on cranberries!