Mindful Breathing (#267)

Some of you may already be familiar with the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a well known teacher of mindfulness. Recently, my friend Ashley gifted me Peace of Mind, Becoming Fully Present by that very same Buddhist monk. The themes present in his writings aren’t revolutionary or radical. Enlightenment and happiness stems from each and every breath we take.

What stands out to me is there isn’t a prescribed mantra or routine that creates joy or satisfaction. Thich Nhat encourages the reader to create our own narrative with each breath in and with each breath out.

Gratitude is just one piece of the well-being puzzle. We can find purpose in balancing everything else that comes with it.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time at the gym
  2. My New England Patriots, even when they lose
  3. My family
  4. Getting things done
  5. Support in many different ways
  6. Sharing pictures and stories
  7. Nights sitting outside
  8. Mac and cheese nights
  9. Summer jijutsu classes
  10. Being cozy in the cold
  11. Movie theater recliners
  12. Feeling organized
  13. New music suggestions from (https://youshouldhearblog.wordpress.com/)
  14. My summer in England
  15. Rainey days
  16. Night time stretching
  17. People who motivate and inspire others
  18. Weekend soccer and indoor all winter
  19. My headphones
  20. Time to journal
  21. Shared laughter
  22. Checking in
  23. The Boyden stairs at BSU
  24. My breath
  25. The precious present

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image from Acadia! The first sun sighting in the eastern standard time zone.

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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