Our everyday experience can be demanding. The world is a busy place, packed to the gills with input - it's 24/7 if we allow it to be. Days, hours, moments can pass by in a blur, the urgency of everyday life intruding on any opportunity we may have for quiet reflection, making positive memories or experiencing gratitude.
I've been incredibly fortunate this past year, and in my life as a whole on so very many fronts, and yet find myself on occasion, as we all inevitably do, fixating on the things that have not gone right, those little nagging yucky thoughts rather than noticing the many very cool things going on in my world. So lately, I've begun daily practice of gratitude using a physical vessel, a real-life bowl as a touchpoint, a repository for the day's gratitudes and happy memories. So far, I'm really digging it.
Dumbledore: "I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form."
Harry: "You mean... that stuff's your thoughts?"
~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling