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Date: 01/01/2014
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Gratitude Rounds

from chapter 6 of Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown; second edition, published 2014. Please acknowledge the source when you use any of these practices.


Time: 30-40 minutes 

It’s so easy to take the things and beings in our lives for granted. Then it helps to move back a little, and gain a bit of distance, in order to glimpse how precious and how uniquely real they are. As with a quick turn of the lens, we see with fresh appreciation.



Sitting in circles of five or six, people imagine they are at a point outside of space and time. After a short spell of silence, they start remembering together what they loved about living on Earth. That’s the first Round, which can circle more than once, and last for ten to fifteen minutes. The second Round focuses on what they liked about the humans of planet Earth. And in the Third Round, they reflect on what they were grateful for in being themselves.


Contributor/Author: Joanna Macy & Molly Brown