A Time For Being Thankful

If you’ve read this blog you know how stressful and uncentered I’ve been for the last two months.  September was rough! I had family and friends being injured, sick and passing away.  September was a difficult month, but there were many things to be thankful for.October arrived on a much more positive upswing.   My the stress and uncenteredness were back front and center, after a quick ten-day reprieve,  I survived the rest of October by focusing on my morning routine and meditation practice.  I spoke about my routine and practice in last my last post.  My morning routine is

October arrived on a much more positive upswing.   My the stress and uncenteredness were back front and center, after a quick ten-day reprieve,  I survived by focusing on my morning routine and meditation practice.  I spoke about my routine and practice in last my last post.  My morning routine is simple and provides me with an overwhelming sense of calm.  I encourage everyone to create a morning routine, even if it’s only fifteen or thirty minutes in length.

I’ve settled into November fairly well.  Our home is calmer and becoming more balanced every day.  While I knew having a family member stay with us would offer challenges, I had no idea the extent of those challenges.  My work with my clients and community is finding a wonderful rhythm and I look forward to the year ahead.  The most healing and powerful part of this process has been my work around gratitude and what a wonderful month for this re-awaking.

Gratitude over Attitude

November is a month for giving thanks in the United States.  As I think of all the things I’m thankful for and there are many, I wonder why we only do this once a year.  Giving thanks, be grateful and feeling blessed should be a daily occurrence.   I’m sure all of us can think of things we want or wish we had  or were better.  But, what about all you have?  Being thankful for the big things is great, but being grateful for the little things is just, if not more rewarding.

I’ve added a gratitude practice to my morning routine over the last couple of weeks.  Writing in a gratitude journal is something many people. While I have a journal,  I don’t remember to write in it every day.  What I’ve done, is take five minutes every morning to sit quietly and state my gratitude mantra and then list five or more things I’m grateful for.

Here is an example:

I am Happy, Grateful and Thankful for all of the many blessings in my life.

I’m grateful for my family and friends.

I smile knowing I have the opportunity to make a living doing things I love.

I appreciate the clients I get to work with.

I’m thankful for my health.

I’m happy people read my words and thoughts.

What are you grateful for?  Take five minutes, you’ll be amazed at how this change in perspective can change your day and life.