A Gratitude Ritual and Affirmation!

I love the week of Thanksgiving because gratitude is on everyone’s mind. When we are aware of what we do have, we are a lot less inclined to obsess about all the things we don’t. Cultivating a consciousness of gratitude is a spiritual practice – it’s a MUST for anyone who is committed to living a life of love.

My personal gratitude practice consists of an evening gratitude ritual that I have done for years.  Every night before I go to bed, I write a list of things that happened that day that I am particularly grateful for. Things like a rockstar parking spot, magical moments of serendipity, a fabulous meal, a laugh with a friend, or noticing an old pattern or trigger come up that offers me an opportunity to work my process.  My gratitude journal (which I share with you in the video) is also a wonderful way to keep a diary of my life.  I love looking back through it to reflect on past moments and celebrate lessons and blessings.

Now I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion of keeping a gratitude list; however, are you actually doing it?  I assure you, it makes a huge difference especially if you add it to your bedtime ritual because you send yourself off to sleep in the consciousness of gratitude.  Dozing off with appreciation in your heart will positively impact your quality of sleep and the state you wake up in.  So get yourself a journal and cuddle up with gratitude.

And for an extra dose of gratitude, I offer this affirmative prayer from my grateful heart to yours . . . 

I’m grateful for everything in my life that has led me to this moment as it has all been part of my unique destiny.

I am grateful for all the people who I have met for a moment or known deeply for they have all been my mirror and my teachers.

I am grateful for all the times I have thought I have failed for I know now they taught me resilience.

I am grateful for all the heartache I’ve experienced because it means I am willing to open my heart.

I’m grateful for when I’ve had more because it taught me how to give and I’m grateful for when I’ve had less because it taught me how to receive.

I’m grateful for the miracles I experience in my life as they have reminded me of the magicalness of the Uni-verse.

I am grateful for my body exactly the way it is because it is the absolutely perfect package for my soul.

I am grateful for all the various forms of abundance that I recognize in my life.

I am grateful for every tear I’ve shed because I’ve learned compassion.

I am grateful for every hurt I’ve experienced because I’ve learned forgiveness.

I am grateful for every time I’ve suffered because I’ve learned acceptance.

I am grateful for the times I have felt alone because in those moments I found my way back to my connection to the Uni-verse.

I am grateful for my gifts and my courage and willingness to express them.

I’m grateful to live with an open heart.

I’m grateful to be able to choose my response to anything.

I’m grateful for my freedom.

I’m grateful to love, be loved and BE LOVE.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for YOU.

With love,



Christine Hassler is an author, speaker, life coach and spiritual counselor dedicated to helping people answer the questions who am I, what do I want and how do I get it?  You can check out her website here: http://www.christinehassler.com/

  • Jo

    What a great idea. Thank you!!

  • Kelcydakotak

    Thank you- I do a gratitude journal on and off and night
    But grateful for the reminder that this is a powerful process a s I do always feel
    So connected and conscious after doing this. Happy day. Kx

  • Tamikka

    Started my journal last week. i look forward to filling up each line with a positive reflection of the day.

  • I do this every day as well! I’ve started a gratitude “post” on my blog on Sundays. Check it  out!

  • Lisa marie saunders

    Thank you for that wonderful prayer of  gratitude…just what I needed! I also like the idea of writing instead of just reciting  in my head what I’m grateful for. The idea of being able to look back and review appeals to me. I am grateful for your blog! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • I start my day with writing what I’m grateful for in my journal. I used to do it every now & then, now I do it daily. Happy Thanksgiving. ~Debra

  • MO

    Night time rituals are needed in this world! Thank you for sharing this and showing your journal 🙂

  • Tears streaming down as I recognize and feel gratitude for all the things behind me and for what is to come. In this moment of still and gratitude I feel open to God/universe/the source.

  • Pri

    Focus on main part of our gratitute