This is the time of year that we speak of gratitude. Gratitude is a secret ingredient to a happy and content life. Even if it seems like not one more thing could go wrong, simply sitting still with a cup of tea, the sun on one’s face, or even just with eyes closed, thinking of the things we are really grateful for changes the energy around us. We exhale. We smile. We know it’s going to be alright.
Fear is the opposite of gratitude. Fear is based on losing something. If we just flip the wheel and see the things we do have, we can change our attitude, therefore our perception, therefore our life, and the feeling is contagious.
Every day for the next three weeks consciously do something to encourage gratitude. Some ideas might be:
Call a relative you would like to visit with.
Make a huge pot of soup and invite neighbors or friends over.
Drink a green juice to help heal your body.
Write a poem about the sunrise.
Compliment a stranger.
Do something towards a dream or goal you have.
Put some money in a coffee can and start an emergency fund at home, little by little.
Do a twenty minute yoga video.
Meditate quietly on all the things you love about yourself. About your life. About your circumstances. Allow yourself to grieve and then watch the grief fly off on an imaginary butterfly. Allow peace to come back into your heart. Smile.
Walk in nature. Really, this does wonders! Walk around the block even. Get out and be near Mother Earth and the great vast sky, and the trees. Laugh at squirrels. Listen to your footsteps.
Write a letter, hug your loved ones, eat nourishing food, breathe deeply, watch the sunrise and sunset, turn off the news, stretch, smile, live. Gratitude for our health, our loved ones, our life, our experiences, our time with those passed, food, shelter, clothing, animals, friends, candlelight, joy….all these things remember.
Whisper “thank you” often.
I am thankful for my readers.