Grateful Gracias | Gratitude Before Meals

Thank you!

“Gracias a Dios!” My mother would say this incessantly… So would every other Latino-American woman I know.

We are grateful for everything from God. Whether because we were indoctrinated when the Catholics came to South America, or we came from Spain which was mainly catholic.

This phrase was simply in us, part of our culture. In Canada, I learned ‘thank you’ for the first time. 

Thank you is a requirement, it isn’t just good manners. It is thanking our fellow human beings for an act of kindness. If we want more goodness, then we have to praise it more! 

For me, my ‘gracias a Dios’, ‘thank you, God’, takes on many faces. 

P.S. I realize this can be a controversial topic. Please understand we are each entitled to our own opinion. I am inclusive. I believe in possibility. I am cool with what you think, and I hope you would honor what I think too. 

For me, it is God, the universe, Mother Nature, spirit, Buddha. The vis, soul, consciousness, etc.

Many names, the same meaning.

To tell you the truth, I’m super grateful for my childhood. I was exposed to all. In my adulthood, I was exposed to Jehovah’s witnesses and to Christianity.

My one issue is when we are called sinners. I feel that it puts us into a category that doesn’t allow us to be better than that. So I choose not to believe that, but I love everything else that the church stands for. 

Gracias a Dios!

The most important factor in having a grateful God practice (or whatever you call it) is that you repeat it. So practice is absolutely necessary, and you need to feel that your energy is one with it. Otherwise, you can never relax into the practice. 

So gratefulness is key. It is spoken about in the bible as a staple of a good life. 

The question is this: When good comes to you, how do you respond? Do you credit yourself or do you give it to God? Do you feel grateful and completely enveloped in grace?

I encourage you to give it over. If you wish to receive it, you must first deliver it. If you do not… Well, then how can you expect it to get better?

As it says in the bible:

Ask and it will be given to you; 
Seek and you will find; 
Knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7 NIV

Easy-Peezy!

So let’s start with the Grateful Way for 7 Days Challenge. For the next seven days, 2-3 times a day (depending on your eating pattern) hold onto your Grateful Dung™ Bracelet and name 3 things you are grateful for before eating. Make sure you don’t repeat the same thing twice during the week.

If you pray before you eat, this is the perfect complement to your practice! If you don’t pray before you eat, give this a try! Get your whole family involved, spread the love!

This simple act of pausing and taking the time to acknowledge the blessings in your life actually has an important physiological effect on your body. It helps us get into the parasympathetic state, A.K.A. the ‘rest and digest’ state.

We can do this! It will change life and your mindset. Here’s the tool to help:

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0 thoughts on “Grateful Gracias | Gratitude Before Meals

  • I appreciate your reminder to pray and be thankful before meals. I pray before everything. I love psalms 91 as a prayer of protection.
    We were sinners but have been saved by Grace and our faith in jesus so we are no longer sinners but sons and daughters of christ.

  • Sandra Figueroa Martinez says:

    Gracias a DIOS!! I’ve started a Journal where each day I write down what I am thankful for. It will help me look around my world and see how gracious god is to me. from the meals that i have each day to the fact that i have been blessed with ‘sight’ to see what is in front of me. I can’t wait to see what new and old wonders i will become aware of.

    • Ahh yes that is so amazing! Gratitude journaling has worked miracles in my life! So excited that you’ve started this practice it’s so heartwarming looking back on past entries and reading about all the joyous blessings in your life.

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