Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Power of Gratitude

 "Gratitude is heaven itself." ~ William Blake

Offering gratitude is way to open your heart. Gratitude is an outflow of positive feelings and, in return, you receive an inflow of positive feelings. This flow of energy exchange keeps your heart soft and open, ready for more blessings and giving. It improves your mood and attitude about life, and it opens you for more wonders in life.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season, I invite you to take some quiet time for reflection. Just remember and appreciate all that you are, all that you have and all that you have done. Notice what that does to your heart chakra.

About five years ago, I started my daily ritual of giving thanks when I woke up in the morning and when I go to bed at night. This daily ritual helps me honor and value the everyday blessings in my life. This practice also helps me be aware of the wonders of the world and be in the child's mind, open and receptive. Here's another gratitude practice that is easy to do and definitely will have a positive effect on your life: keep a gratitude journal where you write for 5 minute each day about what you genuinely feel grateful for in your life. You can usually sense a shift in your energy level afterwards.

If it has been your annual routine to get busy and stressed out around the holidays, perhaps this is the year you could pause to remember what is most important for you this season. Set your holiday intention. Is this a season where you would like to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones? Perhaps this is the season where you would like restore balance in your life and be more relaxed? Or, maybe this is the season for you to count your blessings and rejoice in every moment. Whatever your intention is, align your actions with it, and you will find a different kind of holiday season unfolding for you: one that is more fulfilling, filled with mirth and more ease.

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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