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Faith Factor | Have a gratitude attitude in Tahoe Truckee

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As we celebrate the summer solstice June 21, the season of play is here for us to enjoy.

Living at Lake Tahoe is like living in a postcard called paradise. We truly have so much to be grateful for. The question is, do we take the time daily to reflect upon the blessings, beauty and good that is present in our lives today, or do we tend to get caught up in all the activities of our lives and forget to give thanks for all the good that is present?

One meaning of the word, "appreciate," is "increase." When we appreciate the good in our lives, we actually bring an increase of that good into our lives. Therefore it is important to spend time every day, being grateful for all the blessings and good in our lives.

Who are you most grateful for in your life? Have you told the people you care about what you most appreciate about them? A simple and easy practice you can do with your loved ones is "The Appreciation Game."

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Max Planck

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Set aside 10 minutes or more, sit facing your partner and make eye contact. Partner one begins by making the following statements to partner two.

"What I appreciate about you is …

What I appreciate about me is…

What I feel we agree on is…"

Partner two doesn't speak, except to say "thank you" after each statement. After partner one has completed these three statements, partner two then speaks these three statements to partner one. Partner one makes no comments, except to say "thank you."

Continue this cycle for 10 minutes. When you have completed the exercise, let it go and move on into your day. The more you engage in this simple rapport-building exercise, the more joy you and your loved ones will feel. This exercise can be done with anyone: your partner, children, other family members, friends, co-workers, etc.

What are you grateful for? A great way to grow your gratitude is by having a "Gratitude Journal," in which each day you write down five things you are grateful for in your life. The challenge is to write five new things in your journal every day; not repeating anything you've previously written.

Know that all of life is experienced through how we view it.

When we realize we have the power to change our lives by changing our perspective, we are empowered. We realize we are not victims. We realize we may not have choice about what happens outside of ourselves; however, we always have the power to change our view and therefore our experiences of life.

This is one of the basic tenets of our philosophy.

Come join us at this Sunday's Celebration Service at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, where we continue to know that love is who we truly are and celebrate the truth of our beings with great music, inspirational messages and the presence of like-minded caring people. Until then, may you know the love, the peace, the joy, and the wisdom of divine spirit are with you now and forever. Blessed be.

Visit http://tahoecsl.org for events and information.

With joyful blessings always,

Rev. Liz Luoma