Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you mean by the Gift?”
“It’s a tool for practicing Gratitude.
The Gratitude practice has two components:
Memory – Remembering to practice.
Perception – Mental tools for directing the attention, metaphoric lenses [<link; medium read] which influence what and how you see. Another metaphor for them is filters.
It is these lenses of meaning that allow you to see what is otherwise invisible.
The most powerful lens I know so far is the Lens of the Gift. It does two things:
– it allows you to see the things around you as gifts,
– it directs your attention to all the gifts around you.
Combined – stacked [<link; short read] – with other lenses, it reveals specific things and categories of things you can be grateful for:
- Gift of Life (Memento Mori)
- Gift of Beauty
- Gift of Love (Love as Gift Giving and Gift Receiving)
- Gift of Play (Inner Child, Playful Essence)
- Gift of Experiences (Past [<link; short read] and Present)
- Gift of People
- Gift of Family
- Gift of Teachers (All those you’ve learned something from)
- Gift of Interconnectedness [<link; medium read]
Taken together, I call all these lenses the Gratitude Map.”