Gratitude is:

  • an expression of appreciation or thanks
  • an opportunity to acknowledge the blessings in our lives.

By doing so we focus and energize that which empowers and strengthens us.

Gratitude, when activated, has the power to shift our perspective and open us to the flow of Divine grace in our lives. As such, gratitude is a dynamic form of prayer.

Aum Holistic Healing Arts on Gratitude

Sunrise in Salt Spring, Jamaica (1998)


Aware of the power of gratitude, this was one of the first pages I created for the Aum Holistic Healing Arts website.

Keenly aware that without my teachers (formal and informal), I would not be able to support clients in such a deeply unique and transformational way, I wrote the following, which now feels like a founding prayer for the practice…



“I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the amazing teachers and mentors in my life—individuals from around the world, from all walks of life, which have enriched my life. While some have been conscious of their gift, many have been unaware of the impact of what they shared. Whether their contribution was large or small, our time together brief or lasting, their gift has enhanced my journey, and for that I give thanks.  May your light continue to touch the lives of all whose path you encounter, and may you continue to courageously and openly share your wisdom and love.  May I also have the courage to openly share the wisdom, love, and healing energy flowing through me.”

– Emily Paul, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Healer, Coach, Ceremonialist