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.

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


Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman3 years ago

Giving thanks!

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

to each their own

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Melissah C.
Melissah C6 years ago


Nawang Jinpa
Nawang Jinpa6 years ago

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.

Ana Sonata
Ana S7 years ago

A beneficial and healing effect!

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

Very nice. Thanks.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Carol Cowbrough
Carol C7 years ago

Noted. Thanks.

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

Thanks for post