On this eighth and last night of Hanukkah, our question is about gratitude: for what eight things are you grateful?
Gratitude is a spiritual practice. Being grateful keeps our spirits lit up throughout the year. Even when times are bleak, and perhaps especially when our spirits are weary, opening our eyes to the gifts that surround us is a balm for our souls. For some people, gratitude comes easily. For others, who may see the world as “glass half empty”, gratitude can be learned.
Gratitude practice is a fundamental part of Judaism. It’s why I wrote an ebook on the topic.
Rabbi Chaim Stern wrote
“We walk sightless among miracles.”
When we bring our appreciation to consciousness, it’s like taking a deep breath.
Here are seven things (and people) for which I am grateful:
- My husband Ely of 42 years!
2. Dear colleagues from whom I learn constantly.
3. Living in Northern California, a place of such beauty.
4. My students and beloved members of our Hineni community. I feel blessed to do meaningful work.
6. The Path with Heart team, without whom none of this would happen.
7. My teachers, living, and those who have passed on.
8. The Source of life constantly reminds me of the miracle of growth.
What about you? I would love to hear in the comments!
My hope is that this year’s Hanukkah Inspirations helped you to think, dig deep, and have great discussions with friends and family. Looking forward to connecting with you in the new year!