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Gratitude walks

Submitted by on July 11, 2013 – 11:19 pm 5 Comments

Charlotte Squire at Onekaka Beach, Golden Bay - smallBy Charlotte Squire

Most mornings, I like to take myself for a gratitude walk.

This is how it works: I wake up before everyone else and bundle myself into all manner of warm, unfashionable clothes.  I put lead on dog.  I step out into the fresh, clean early morning air and breathe.  The trees we live in the midst of rustle their greetings.  The birds make wild, enthusiastic conversation. And me, I feel like I’m surely the first person to every walk through this pristine new early morning wild world.

My dog and I, we stroll along our street, I call out my greetings to the white horse and we move towards the hills.

It’s not until we’re on our way home that I switch to gratitude mode.  There’s this corner where I automatically begin to click into thoughts of all that I give thanks for.  Every morning there are new things to find gratitude for.  Some days it’s body parts (fingers, warms, legs etc).  Some days it’s the landscape (hills, trees, river).  Some mornings I go with 20 things I’m grateful for about my family (partner’s kindness, son’s warm hugs, dog’s love, Mother being alive etc).

And always, always, after these thoughts I feel reassured.  That some things are good.  That somethings are going well.  That I am rich in limbs, stunning landscapes and love.

And it’s with those thoughts settling into my mind, that I begin my days.  And there’s this thread of thankfulness running through my mind that colours everything.  And always, always, I know that I am lucky.  And so I am.

Charlotte Squire is the founder of Happyzine.

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  • I love this Charlotte! I too have been getting up early – but for social media and writing – not quite as spiritual but just as positive for me right now!!

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  • Lucinda Gulliver says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful mornings with us…. it is indeed a sacred time. I needed this reminder…..Love to you! Have a magic weekend.

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  • Yay Charlotte! I do this sort of thing every day too, it really does set me up, life is grand, isn’t it?

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  • Charlotte says:

    Yes!!

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  • Emily says:

    What a beautiful idea. I love the Gratitude walks! What better way to start your day? I think it is so important to take the time to be aware of the tremendous amount of things in life we have to be thankful for. I recently joined a new website called thankaday.com– it’s basically a community of people coming together to write down what they are thankful for each day. I think it’s something you might really enjoy. Maybe you could make it part of your morning routine? If so, I look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

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