Gratitude Game 2. Be Present with the Planet

[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Download a paper copy to keep in your Gratitude Game Box. There are check boxes for you to fill out with your thoughts. There is great power in putting pen to paper.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_single_image image=”529″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_column_text]Download it on your phone as well so that you can refer to it and play the game while you are out and about, getting your exercise.

 

How to play the game?

This one is best played outdoors, or where you can see grass and trees or something growing.

 

Really look and see what is around you. Become aware of the energy in all things that grow. 

 

+ Look to your left, can you see all things green? There are said to be 295 shades of green. The most shades of any colour. Women can generally see more shades than men although men are more perceptive of movement. 

 

+ Look up. See the sky, you are seeing the atmosphere that surrounds our planet. This is what makes our planet appear like a jewel in the blackness of space. 

 

+ Look to your right. Can you see anything made from the elements of the ground? Steel, bricks, glass. 

 

+ Close your eyes and listen! The wind in the trees, birds singing, insects chattering. 

 

+ Open you eyes and look down to where your feet are. Are you standing on the earth? Can you see any soil? [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1595931362205{background-color: #64c172 !important;}”]If you can, take off your shoes and feel the earth with your feet. If this isn’t possible, lay your hands flat and press them down, feel the stuff that you are made off. You are part of this planet. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_column_text]+ Close your eyes again and feel. Feel the soft air on your face. The warmth of the sun on your skin. The cool grass or hot stone on your hands or feet. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1595931565212{background-color: #64c172 !important;}”]This is your planet. Your mother ship. Feel the strength, energy and power. Try to comprehend its size, its mass, the speed at which it is travelling. Just the right distance from the sun. The tilt of its axis giving us the seasons. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_column_text]On your way home ponder over the gifts that our planet gives us. 

 

Life itself and everything we need to live it. 

 

+ When you can, wash your hands and feel another life giving element of this earth, water, running over your hands to cleanse them. 

 

To quote a NASA fact sheet; [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1595931556232{background-color: #64c172 !important;}”]About 70% of the human body is made up of water and, coincidentally, more than 70% of the earth is covered in water. 

Water creates an environment that sustains and nurtures plants, animals and humans, making Earth a perfect match for life in general.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_column_text]As you wash your hands contemplate on the life giving force of water. 

 

+ Grow a herb! Even if you have never grown anything before, buy a living herb in a pot from the super market and put it on your windowsill. Basil or chives are good ones to start with. 

 

Nurture it, make sure it has enough water. Not too much, not too little. See something grow that you can harvest yourself. 

 

Make fresh tomato soup and top it with shredded basil leaves. Toss a salad with freshly chopped chives If you are a seasoned gardener and already grow herbs you will know and appreciate the delicious delights of growing your own. The huge range of flavours. 

 

Discover a new one. Have you grown French sorrel? It’s a bit milder than common sorrel and tastes of apples and lemon. Amazing in baby salad leaves. Grows well indoors over the winter. 

 

Pick some herbs and make a bouquet garni. To use yourself or give to a friend. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_single_image image=”611″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][vc_separator type=”transparent”][vc_column_text]+ When you are home and before you go to bed, take out the Be Present with the Planet print out and fill in the check boxes. Contemplate how grateful you feel for this amazing Earth that we call home. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”center” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]