This is the third of four posts about the one-day retreat I recently attended here in Phoenix with Abbot Meletios Webber from the Monastery of St. John. The retreat was titled “Being Present in the Presence.”
This one, on gratitude, and the next one, on prayer, were the most practical.
A lot of us have negative feelings a lot of the time. We carry around grumpy. If you want to feel sad you can think about something that happen to you. Thinking about a funeral, etc. Some times we get stuck thinking about how we have been wronged, etc. and we basically think our way into anger, frustration, and sadness. Gratitude is an attitude, a state of awareness, we can make happen. Gratitude will not allow itself to share a space with any other negative feeling. – Fr. Meletios
The very first thing in the morning Abbot Meletios has his monks write 5 things for which they are grateful. This must have a very positive effect on the community. I know it has a positive effect on family life.
Gratitude has good back up in the gospel. Giving thanks is the highest attributes. Let us give thanks unto the Lord. We are who we are when we are giving thanks. Eucharist means thank you. Gratitude puts us in touch with God. – Fr. Meletios
I have been practicing and recommending this practice to people in my church and I commend it to you. Write down 5 things for which you are grateful. It has a way of getting us in the right position of thanksgiving. Why not go around the table and ask, “What are you grateful for?”