With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about all of the things we have to be grateful for. Gratitude is a very high state of consciousness, right up there with love. It is literally impossible to feel anger, fear or depression when we are focused on the abundance already present in our lives and operating from this place.
Gratitude enables us to receive and motivates us to return the goodness that we have been given. This creates an outward spiral, effecting everyone we come into contact with. It puts our lives into a different perspective, helping us realize what is important and what's not. It energizes and restores us, increasing our sense of well-being.
Although the Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful reminder, it is truly amazing how practicing gratitude every day transforms lives. There are countless ways to incorporate giving thanks into our daily routines. Here are a few to get started...
1. Say it out loud. Creating a meal and enjoying it with our loved ones is a very important part of the holiday season. It can also be a great opportunity to share the things that we are grateful for without the normal distractions we face every day. Take turns going around the table. Look at each other. Listen. Connect.
2. Write it down. Keep a gratitude journal. Commit to adding to it every day, even when the only thing you can think of to be grateful for is the fact that you are here, alive, breathing. Putting your thoughts out into the universe creates a magnetic effect, drawing more of what you are grateful for into your life.
3. Share it. Write a note to someone you are grateful to have in your life. Who wouldn't be thrilled to receive an unexpected love letter?
4. Feel it. When you feel love and gratitude for something, really feel it. Feel it in your heart. Feel it in every cell of your body. Move to it. Dance to it. Sing to it. Paint to it. Thoughts with feeling behind them are the most powerful kind.
Being grateful = being happy. Happiness is contagious. Let's choose to practice saying thank you for all of the amazing things we are gifted with every single day.