Bowl Full of Gratitude

A couple of years ago, my daughter painted this Buddha bowl for me for my Birthday. I love it!

When we sit down to eat together as a family, we each take a minute to write down something that we are thankful for. Then we place what we are thankful for in our Buddha bowl and read them later.

We leave our Gratitudes with no names, all anonymous.

At the end of dinner or during another dinner, we pass the “thankful bowl” around and each person takes a piece of paper out of the bowl. Everyone goes around the table and reads the gratitude they pulled from the bowl.

Its amazing to learn what everyone is thankful for! The warmth and love in the room after everyone reads is so unforgettable.

I have posted some of our gratitudes below.

Thankful Buddha

Happy 32 Mom!DetailsPrecious Details
Thankful for Health & HappinessBeautiful.

Buddhaful Notes

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world.
~BuddhaP1100967I’m grateful for still having my wits, to some extent, about me.

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~ Jean Houston P1100964

We can never hold on to love, we can only give it and receive it. ~Michelle Frascogna P1100969

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
~Marie Lloyd P1100973

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
P1100968 P1100972

As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.
~Thich Nhat Hanh P1100971 You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
~Henry Drummond

The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
~Barbara de Angelis

When you climb to the top of the obstacle that is blocking your view, you are able to look at your situation from a different perspective. ~Lucy MacDonald


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~Albert Schweitzer
Buddha-full bowl of Gratitude
Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Do you have something that you’re grateful for? If you are so inclined, please share it below!

Your joy is the physical manifestation of gratitude.
~Lucy MacDonald

Joy and Gratitude,


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