This week is the holiday Thanksgiving. A time that we get together with family and friends, eat a big meal, and give thanks. I have always struggled with this holiday. Why do we wait until this one “special” day, surrounded by more food than we can eat, to allow ourselves to be grateful? As I mentioned in my post “10 Spectacular Things Happening Right Now” I strive every day to have an “Attitude of Gratitude”. Every morning, as part of my daily ritual, I take the time to acknowledge and be grateful for all that I have in my life to be thankful for. I then use this “Attitude of Gratitude” throughout the day to keep myself centered. I find taking the time to be grateful, even for the small things, can be like a mini meditation.
For instance when you are stuck in traffic, and feeling anxious that you may be running late, you can take the time to center yourself by connecting to your breath, and be thankful for the car that you are driving. If you feel overwhelmed at work, connect to the breath, and be thankful that unlike so many, you actually have a job. Within every dark cloud, there is a silver lining.
Within your practice of being grateful, remember to find self gratitude. Be thankful for the body you have, and all that it can do. Be thankful for the life sustaining breath that runs through your body, be thankful for the mind that is capable of thought, creativity and expression. Be thankful for your lips that are able to speak your truth, and be thankful for the freedom to do so. Be thankful for the courage and strength within you to go out into the world and be the amazing soul that you are meant to be. Be thankful that you can achieve whatever your heart desires through persistence and perseverance.
Take the time from today and for the rest of your life to express gratitude. Not just to or for others, or for things, but to and for yourself. Let an “Attitude of Gratitude” pervade your life everyday, not just on one special day a year. As I have done, make this a part of your daily ritual. As you prepare for the day ahead of you, make a list of all things you are grateful for. Remember to include yourself on that list. Be grateful! Namaste!