I declare every Thursday as Thankful Thursday!!
Let us BE GRATEFUL.
As I give thanks, I become present to the power of how my attitude sets me up for my experience. When I practice mindfulness and give thanks for the abundance of the present moment, I become present to the gift that is my life.
Immediately, I remember that I have everything I need to succeed and live happily: oxygen, water, food, shelter, clothing. Everything else that is present - which is ALWAYS so much more than the basic necessities - is a bonus!
I become present to the abundance that overflows, continuously, creating for me experiences of grace, mercy, and serendipitous fortune!
As a human being, there are times when I forget just how abundant my life is. (Anyone ever experience this forgetfulness?)
When mindfulness of thanksgiving is absent in consciousness, I notice a less ideal experience. I might feel it in my body as constriction. The voice in my head speaks loudly, sometimes shouting. My breath becomes a bit shallow, and I feel tightness all around.
In times like these, when I feel restricted, I get to return to the sticky note on my desktop: "Come back to the Heart."
My road back is always a change of mind - to the positive! Rather than anything else, I choose again to cultivate gratitude.
Gratefulness puts me on the right track. Again and again, I return.
Join me in returning back to the heart - give thanks today for 3 things present in your life.
Mine are: My precious children, the love of my husband and gift of sacred friendships. What are yours?