For several years, I’ve been practicing whatI call The Delight of the Day. Each day I watch for moments that inspire a strong feeling of gratitude and joy within me. I mentally label the strongest such moment The Delight of the Day. The practice encourages what psychologists call “positive scanning.” I’m waiting for good things to happen and, when they do, I notice and celebrate them.
Listing the good moments is a nice practice. Digging deep into what makes them good, contemplating the goodness and sharing it makes the practice better.
Here are my Delights for this week:
After two weeks off, I have a new appreciation for the value of my Delights of the Day for the Week. I’ve consciously noticed Delights of the Day for the last few years, but I didn’t write them down at first. Writing them down required me to stop cheating – I really did need to find a delight each day. Blogging them with a couple sentences of description is even more helpful. I get to relive the moment of delight and add some why-was-that-so-cool analysis. More parts of the brain involved= more joy! My Delight for today is returning to blogging delights.
Do you keep a gratitude or delight journal? How can you deepen your appreciation? [Include photos? Tape objects onto the page? Record sounds? ]
Participating in a guided meditation on winter from Jamie Ridler. Winter is not my favorite season. This meditation reminded me of its gifts.
May you find delight in each day.