When you practice focusing on one gratitude, it can feel really good. Did you know there is an inherent power in choosing gratitudes that can also support your dreams and the change you want to see in life? This year has been challenging in so many ways. These challenges have let us know that we are all needed to make this world a better place. We each have our role. So, how might you invite gratitude for the extra support and help in feeling better, as well as, for spreading hope and good cheer this Thanksgiving holiday season?
Focus upon, and fully embrace, ONE good gratitude a day. Find a gratitude focus or theme that feels meaningful, supporting your higher vision for the world. OR… place your gratitude focus upon precious resources already supporting you day to day. Then, be with that ONE gratitude fully, several times or more each day. Enjoy a full mind, body, emotional experience each time. Be aware of the sensations you feel in your body, what you feel in your heart and what you notice about your thoughts. You may feel inspired to stay with one gratitude theme that is really working for you for another day or for a week.
Some gratitude themes to play with and carry you through the holidays might include: friend, mentor, teacher, health, breath, sisterhood/brotherhood, community, home, the colors of nature, car, computer, phone, music, invitations, smiles, water, earth, children, animals or your body. Stay with your gratitude experience for several minutes until you recognize the uniqueness in the moment, could describe it and can revel in your gratitude-induced good feeling. Then share a smile or random act of kindness. You could even simply hug yourself or another!
As I think about how grateful I am for my breath in this moment and stay with that, for example, I notice my breathing comes quickly into my upper chest and then slowly fills the rest of my torso. As I focus on my breath I begin to sense that I feel more connected to my body. I notice that my mind is quiet with this exploration. I’m not thinking about how I want things to be different than they are. I sense the power and energy of how my breath connects my head and my heart. I’m feeling relaxed, calm and grounded.
Fully embracing ONE good gratitude can shift your mood. This holiday practice will deepen your relationship with gratitude, strengthen your gratitude-good feelings connection and offer you needed support in healing, satisfying and delightfully surprising ways.
We’d love to hear about your experience in the Gratitude Forum or the comments below.