The Gratitude Box

One of our staff had a great idea of putting out a Gratitude Box this spring and letting folks write down what they're thankful for and put it in the box, or to get inspiration from what others have written. I was going through the box last week, and it was so nice to see such heartfelt thoughts, I felt I had to share them.

What are you grateful for?

 

“I am grateful that I feel Healthy today!”
“The warmth of friendship”
“tengo gracias para mi esposo…cada dia”
“I am grateful that I did not smoke today!”
“when a baby laughs'
“dogs, plants, sunshine and wind.”
“I am grateful that I still am alive and cancer free.”
“I am grateful to my God for opening my eyes, so that I can begin healing. And thank all of the staff who have helped me to that end.”
“I am thankful for my mom. And for having a good job.”

 

I was going to write about how gratitude can be an important part of the healing process, but hopefully the feeling you get as you read these is all the explanation you need.

Hopefully these will help bring a little happiness and gratitude to your day.

 

KevinCampo
Author: KevinCampo

All Kevin wanted to do in high school was get away from his hometown of Queensbury, NY in the foothills of the Adirondacks. He went to an Ivy League university, and it wasn't long before he realized that all he wanted to do was get out of this place as well. So he did what any 22 year old would do-he went to live on an island in the Pacific as part of the Peace Corps. Kevin learned a lot there about healing, community and coconuts, and suddenly realized that he didn't have to travel to the other side of the world to find these things. It was right there in his hometown the whole time (except the coconuts). He traveled back in a daze, not knowing what exactly he was going to do, but determined to do it. Not knowing what to do was a perfect match for going into Acupuncture, and especially Acupuncture School, and he soon found many people not knowing what they were doing, together. He was amazed and delighted with acupuncture, and brought it back to upstate NY and was truly surprised when his lower middle class family and friends weren't jumping at the chance...

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Responses

  1. I’m grateful you’re blogging!

    “You know how people always say there’s a reasonable explanation for things like this? Well, there isn’t.” Daniel Pinkwater, The Neddiad

  2. Muchas Gracias

    Dr. Masaru Emoto made some interesting comments about gratitude, after he published his book on water crystals: “There is a special combination that seems to be perfect for (healing), which is love plus the combination of thanks and appreciation reflected in the English word gratitude. Just one of these is not enough. Love needs to be based in gratitude, and gratitude needs to be based in love. These two words together create the most important vibration.

    And it is even more important that we understand the value of these words. For example, we know that water is described as H2O. If we were to look at love and gratitude as a pair, gratitude is the H and love is the O. Water is the basis that not only supports but also allows the existence of life.

    In my understanding of the concept of yin and yang, in the same way that there is one O and two Hs, we also need one part yang/love to two parts yin/gratitude, in order to come to a place of balance in the equation. Love is an active word and gratitude is passive. When you think of gratitude — a combination of appreciation and thankfulness — there is an apologetic quality.

    The Japanese word for gratitude is kan-sha, consisting of two Chinese characters: kan, which means feeling, and sha, apology. It’s coming from a reverential space, taking a step or two back. I believe that love coming from this space is optimal love, and may even lead to an end to the wars and conflicts in the world. Kan-sha is inherent in the substance H2O — an essential element for life.

    Your blog reminded me of his thoughts and how valuable gratitude is in our clinics…thank you for taking time to share your story!