The fall & Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to take stock of your life and be thankful for all the things you have. Day to day life and troubles make it hard to remember the things you are thankful for. The fall brings a more mindful mindset that can help remind you of all the little things you have to be grateful for. Making the time in your busy life to actively acknowledge and perform an activity to honor that gratitude is just one way you can bring more gratitude and mindfulness into your life.
If you are anything like me, a gratitude practice is one of those things you know you should do and want to do, but don’t actually make time to do. Committing to a gratitude practice every day may be challenging. Use a simple ritual of thanks, like this one, as a stepping stone to begin your practice. One small step to start you on your way, one small ritual to bring your mind from the clutter of every day and constant looking to the future, to the present and the abundance surrounding you.
A Simple Ritual of Thanks
- Candle (Yellow or orange is a good color, white is all purpose and can be used as well)
- Offering (Seasonal foods, coins, incense, etc)
- Pen & Paper (optional)
Ritual of Thanks:
- Create sacred space as your tradition or intuition dictates (or not all space is sacred after all 😉 ). Petition any deities or Others you may want with you.
- Light your candle. As you do give thanks for the abundance you have in your life. Say, “With this candle I acknowledge the abundance within my life, and give thanks for all that I have,” or follow your intuition.
- Place your offering on your altar or other sacred spot. Say something like, ” *Insert deity here*, I give you this offering as token of my thanks for the abundance you have provided me,” or anything your intuition or tradition dictates.
- Take several moments to meditate on everything in your life you have to be thankful for. You can also mentally list those things. If you have a pen and paper, write out a gratitude list. Keep this list for later, you can add to it daily as part of a gratitude practice or keep it when you need a reminder of all you have.
- When you have finished, place your candle in a supervised, fireproof container and let it burn out. End your ritual by thanking any deities you may have worked with one more time.
You can expand this ritual of thanks as you see fit. Feel free to change it in any way that meets your needs, tradition, or path. Let it be a guide to help you discover the abundance already present in your life. Let the ritual of gratitude lead you to a more mindful, and grateful way of life. Repeat it whenever you see fit, but it is particularly suitable to Thanksgiving or Mabon celebrations.
To go a step further you can also support your ritual with actions. How can you give back to your community or the larger world as a whole for all that you have? It could be a small donation to a cause you support, a donation of time or physical goods to a shelter or other community service. Rituals set the intention, but actions set it free.