I'm taking a course called Awakening Joy and it is chock-full of practices and experiences to help folks see where joy springs from and how to create more of it. This past Tuesday, at the live (yes LIVE, isn't that awesome!) meeting, one of the special guests was Sylvia Boorstein, a lively and delightful meditation teacher.

During the evening, Sylvia shared with us a very simple practice that resonated deeply with me. I wanted to pass it along to you.

She was talking about driving in traffic. And how sometimes driving can cause the ole mind to start chattering and complaining. So she started doing a practice of focusing her attention on something and simply saying, "thank you."

She'd be driving along and see a tree. "Thank you."

She'd see a person walking by in a blue windbreaker. "Thank you."

She'd see a blooming magnolia tree with purple blossoms.
"Thank you."

She'd spot a yapping dog. "Thank you."

Over the past few days, I've been trying this simple practice out and it is truly soothing and brings a sense of well-being.

Try it! And let me know how it goes, okay?