Games of Gratitude: Gratitude Flooding 3
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“We’ve talked a while back about the Gratitude Flooding [<link; short length] Game.”
“The one that involves expressing Gratitude for every item in your possession?”
“Yes. That’s one way to go about it. I call it going wide.
Another way to go about it is going deep. Taking one thing and branching off from it.
Take a song for instance. You might go something like:
Express Gratitude for the song.
Express Gratitude to the Artist for the song.
Express Gratitude to all the people involved in producing the song.
Express Gratitude for the technology that allows you to listen to the song. (mp3 player, computer, head-phones, speakers, etc.)
Express Gratitude to all the people involved in producing the technology.
Go slowly, and FEEL the Gratitude flooding your heart at every step.
For songs that are particularly meaningful to me, I also evoke in my mind the past instance of me who first listened to the song and say:
I love you Dani-who-I-was. [<link; medium]
Then I evoke in my mind the context of when I first listened to the song, and send Love in the present to all the people involved in that context, even if I can’t remember all the details.”
“Why did you label this one under Design?”
“This is an instance of Experience Design.”