Nevertheless, amidst the pain and monotony, time is forging ahead and change is happening all around us. Cherry blossoms are blooming. Daffodils have sprouted. Small and big feats are taking place everywhere.
There is much to be grateful for.
But it can be hard to pay attention and feel grateful amidst suffering. And even if we do, it can feel absurd and even cliche to speak of in a moment like this.
And yet, it is precisely in this moment that it is urgent to be grateful for the gifts of our physical, emotional and spiritual health and to take the time to celebrate when we can.
To investigate these questions, M² has launched Days of Gratitude - an initiative filled with resources, prompts and activities to help you and those around you share and express gratitude.
In this Value Spark, you will get a taste of the many ways that you can express gratitude in order to start developing the muscles needed to navigate through the world in times of normalcy, celebration and sorrow.
One must bless for the bad as one blesses for the good, and for the good as one blesses for the bad.
How are you counting your blessings? And how can you turn your present reality into a moment of recognition?
The Kotzker rebbe, a Hasidic master, once approached his students and asked them to eulogize their master. Describing him they allegedly said there was no particular area in life that he excelled in, but whatever he was doing at the moment he was completely present.
When life is uncomfortable in the present, we remember the past and speak of its glory. Alternatively, we resort to the future and prophesize how great life will be.
But how can we stay grounded in our present moment and realize that there is power in the now?
Hazon offers three exercises to practice mindfulness, ranging from activities that can be done here and now to practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine.