As I prepare to spend Thanksgiving with my family at our home, I start a Gratitude Practice. I feel fortunate for all of the blessings in my life including being surrounded by people I love both on the yoga mat and at home.
As I prepare to teach a Gratitude Yoga Class this Thursday morning, I cannot help but feel compassion for those that are less fortunate and this upcoming Thanksgiving.
I read an article that talks about how the month of December is one of the busiest months for this psychotherapist in NYC due to her clients having high levels of stress and suffering from adrenal fatigue related to their family and work relationships and all of the emotional triggers they encounter.
Giving Thanks Regularly
It’s easy to be grateful when things go right, when we feel loved and supported, and when we have meaningful relationships.
It takes even more practice and commitment to be grateful when we don’t feel loved, when we are struggling or things don’t work out.
We all had our shares of struggles and heart breaks one time or another, but if we want to achieve radical transformation, cultivate meaningful relationships, and embrace the blessing in our lives, WE MUST CULTIVATE A GRATITUDE PRACTICE.
If we want to achieve radical transformation, we must start a daily gratitude practice.
As we enter the holiday season, let’s find time for introspection, restoration, and renewal. Let’s make a commitment to slow down and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.
This week, let’s celebrate all of the things we are grateful for, let go of the unnecessary, and cultivate forgiveness and compassion.
Let’s take a moment to say a prayer for those less fortunate. Take time to volunteer or donate items to help those in need. Let the holiday season remind you of what is truly important in life.
This gratitude ritual only takes a few minutes and can be a wonderful daily Gratitude Practice. One simple trick… I set an alarm on my phone at a specific time so I can stop everything I’m doing and start my Gratitude Practice.
A Gratitude Ritual by Debbie Ford
The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin at home
so today invite a healing to happen
in your own body
in your own consciousness
in your own loving heart
that feels blessed to be alive
Notice all the riches you’ve been given
the feet that allow you to stand
the legs that allow you to walk
the stomach that allows you to eat
the lungs that allow you to breathe
the throat that allows you to speak
the mouth that allows you to taste
the nose that allows you to smell
the eyes that allow you to see
and your beating heart
that allows you to love
Honor them all.
Become present to the treasures of your life
the opportunities that you have been given
the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year
Reflect on your family, your kids, your partner, your friends
Look through appreciative eyes
the eyes of what’s right
the eyes of the divine
Give thanks in a way that you never have before.
Allow fear, doubt, struggle and pain
to melt away in the presence of this all-loving appreciation.
Thank God that you have a consciousness
that is able to shift and transform in just a moment.
Thank God that you are courageous enough
to take a moment to bless yourself
to bless the universe
to bless all those who love and guide you
and then to bless all of the world.
Send your tears of love and gratitude
to those who are in pain
to those who are alone
to those who are confused.
Allow the heavenly vibration of gratitude
to puncture their fearful illusions
and open up their hearts to what is truly divine
Today, take this vow of deep self-love and gratitude
knowing that when you are in the presence of this kind of love
you – as well as all of those around you – will flourish.
Take five slow deep breaths, breathing in love, appreciation, gratitude and joy.
Know that you are never alone and you will never be alone.
We are all here surrounding you with love.