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Offering Bowl

Offering Bowl

Gratitude is such a powerful thing: it opens doors to joy, love, and abundance. This simple traditional practice is a beautiful and inspiring way to embody gratitude.

1. Take a few moments to identify three things for which you are truly, deeply grateful right now, this moment.

2. Now find a bowl that you find beautiful or meaningful, or, if you don’t have such a bowl, just take a soup bowl that you use often. Fill your bowl with water and bring it with you to a quiet place.

3. Write the three things that fill you with gratitude on three very small pieces of paper, one for each thing. Fold them so they are small, like seeds.

4. Place your gratitude seeds carefully on top of the water in the bowl. You may add floating candles or flower petals, if you wish.

5. Spend some time simply watching. How long do your “seeds” float? Enjoy the beauty of bowl, water, candles, flowers. When the candles have burned out or the seeds have gone to the bottom of the bowl, remove the candles and take the water, seeds, and petals outdoors. Pour them out on the earth with a prayer of thanks.

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By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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7:56AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Giving thanks!

12:49PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

to each their own

5:48AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:10AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011


9:55AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

Nice to cultivate gratitude,
and nice to see tha this post helped people
I personnlay don't agree very much with the creation of new rituals.
I think we have plenty of beautiful with great rituals elaborated by saints and used over centuries by thousands or miilions of people who have put their heart in them.
These rituals are empowered by these practices, more powerful than new fancy -even though nice and beneficial- rituals.
I think we should ensure the continuity of our legacy. Appreciate what we have received form the elders, the ancestors.
Respect our humanity.
Preserve traditions, spiritual traditions that are meant to help us be spiritual.
Very precious legacy, don't let it get extinct just because you like new gadgets, please, take responsibility.

1:37AM PST on Dec 3, 2010

A beneficial and healing effect!

5:01PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Very nice. Thanks.

5:51AM PST on Nov 25, 2010

Thanks for the info.

3:07AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

Noted. Thanks.

7:47PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

Thanks for post

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