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Choosing Gratitude

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

We are living in very challenging and exciting times. The economic downturn has not been easy for many and everyone is feeling the pain in some way. At the same time, there is much hope for change and stability moving forward. During this holiday season, it can be easy to latch onto that negative spiral and ride all the way down. But, what would be possible if we chose a different spiral that could be moving upwards? The point here is that we have the ability to choose. We have the ability to act, think and feel differently about the current situation. Sounds simple, but it’s not always easy.

As Thanksgiving is upon us, we are reminded of what we do have and are grateful for. I was moved by what Joseph Farah writes about the meaning of Thanksgiving as he says, “The Pilgrims recognized that everything we have is a gift from God – even our sorrows. Their Thanksgiving tradition was established to honor God and thank Him for His blessings and His grace.” In the midst of challenging times, it is a great reminder to take this month to reconnect with what you are grateful for in your life. It could be as small as having a pillow under your head to raising healthy children, from being able to pet your cat or dog to having great relationships.

When we stop and take the time to be grateful for what we have, who we are, the freedom we have and what is available to us, something shifts in us. We feel lighter, more relaxed and can look at life from a more open view. The more we can all do that on a daily basis, the greater the shift to increased prosperity, fulfillment and abundance we will all have.

This holiday season, I wish you and your loved ones peace in your homes, joy in your lives and much gratitude in your hearts.

Monthly Workout

Take on the following questions and process below for this month’s workout: 

  1. Take a moment and find a quiet place and sit undisturbed.  Bring along a journal or something to write on.  Take a few deep breaths in and out and focus your attention on your body all the way from the top of your head down to the bottom of your feet.  As you scan your body while breathing in and out, begin to relax each part.
  2. Now, take a moment to think about what you most grateful for in your life.  This could be a person, place or thing.  It could be an experience you have had or about to have, an opportunity that could be available to you.  As you begin to think of these things, take a moment to jot them down.
  3. Keep writing until you have written down all your thoughts.  Take another deep breath and go even deeper.
  4. What are you really grateful for?  Keep going until you’ve written each thought.
  5. When you have completed journaling, take a moment to send love to those in your life and in the world in whatever way suit your style.  Bless yourself and all others.
  6. Try this on a daily basis and notice what begins to shift in your energy and level of aliveness.

Let me know what transpires out of this exercise.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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