Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart

Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart

by Maggie Oman Shannon


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Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart by Maggie Oman Shannon

Named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2017 by Spirituality & Practice!

We live in a fast-paced world where we are pestered from all sides with siren calls to constantly strive for something more, something better, something new, rather than find ways to stay grateful for the abundance and blessings already present in our own lives.

In Crafting Gratitude, Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon believes that crafting for us and those we love can be used as a meditative practice to appreciate the incredible, overflowing richness of life. Each meditative craft, from novice to expert, is infused with stories like how Gratitude Bundles can represent prosperity and physical health, Spirit Houses from Southeast Asia can be a symbol of a happy home, a Values Bracelet can help you reinforce your best professional traits, or Flower Mandalas can be an affirmation of nature.

With other crafts involving aromatherapy, journaling, dream catchers, and a variety of household items, anyone can invigorate their own lives with Crafting Gratitude for family, health, prosperity, the Divine, and much more. Accompanied by a carefully curated list of recommended reading, helpful websites, and how-to guides, these forty practices will resonate with and prompt you to begin, or continue, exploring gratitude.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632280343
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/25/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,126,031
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an ordained interfaith and Unity minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the author of six previous books, including Prayers for Healing. Oman Shannon lives in San Francisco with her husband and teenage daughter (who also loves to craft). She currently serves as Senior Minister of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xv

Gratitude for Family, Friends, and Significant Others 1

Legacy Boxes 5

Gratitude Beads 10

New Life Baby Blankets 13

Thanksgiving Cards 17

Blessings in a Basket 20

Gratitude for Health 23

Healing Haikus 27

Mojo Hands 30

Medicine Wheels 38

Milagro Strands 43

Origami Cranes 46

Gratitude For Wealth and Prosperity 49

Gratitude Bundles 53

Prosperity Altars 59

Abundance Boards 63

Prosperity Candles 65

Cornucopias of Plenty 68

Gratitude for Home 71

Gratitude Bowls 75

Sabbath Candleholders 80

Celebratory Platters 83

Gratitude Goodies 86

Spirit Houses 90

Gratitude for Vocations and Avocations 93

Honey Jars 97

Personal Thank-You Scrolls 101

One Thousand Dresses 105

Values Bracelets 108

Professional Gratitude Journals 114

Gratitude for Nature and Animals 117

Pet Memory Beads 121

Nature Photographs 124

Blessing Trees 127

Gratitude Rocks 129

Flower Mandalas 134

Gratitude for Opportunities and Possibilities 139

Affirmation Decks 144

Blessing Sachets 146

Visual Gratitude Journals 151

Zentangle® Drawings 155

Gratitude Dream Catchers 158

Gratitude for the Divine 161

Gratitude Bracelets 165

Book of Hours 168

Despachos 170

Gratitude Medicine Bags 174

Blessing Pillows 177

Conclusion 179

Resources 183

Interview Subjects 197

Contributors 201

Acknowledgments 205

About the Author 207

Index 209

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