Social Thanksgiving

In this technique, we foster gratitude by taking turns finding one thing we are grateful for.

In North America, there is a Thanksgiving tradition before the traditional meal to share things we are grateful for. This meditation technique is a twist on that activity.

Basic Instructions: Say "I'm grateful for" followed by one thing you are grateful for.


  • "I'm grateful for running water.",

  • "I'm grateful for public health care." (This one would probably come from someone not living in the US.)

  • "I'm grateful for the Dharma teachings I received."

Try to limit your note to a maximum of one breath. If you need to take a breath mid-sentence, that's probably too long.

Some finds the use of "Pass" a little harsh in this practice. You may find the use of "I'm grateful for the opportunity of passing." a gentler alternative.

By Francis Lacoste