The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
I know meditators who don’t “do” gratitude, and grateful people who aren’t interested in immediacy. They treat meditation as meditation and the present moment as the present moment. Still, I think Holden is on to something.
Practice: Identify which comes more easily to you. Gratitude or presence?
Advanced practice: Commit to connecting the two. When you feel grateful, investigate whether you’re present. When you feel present, intentionally access a sense of gratitude.