We’ve passed Autumn Equinox, Halloween, and now Thanksgiving is coming, and after that the Winter Holidays and the New Year!!!
Every year, it feels like time begins to move ever more quickly just about now, doesn’t it?
Here in Minnesota, the second half of Fall is here. Overnight, the cold and graying blew in–we went from gorgeous blue skies and Indian Summer to hurrying to empty the rain barrels and rake the leaves, to winter coats and mitts, and to putting the garden to bed.
We have 15 days–if you include today–
to prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving.
Let’s use them to practice gratefulness!!
I’m choosing “gratefulness” instead of “gratitude” because it feels more active to me, even though they are both from the same root word, going back to Latin, gratus, or pleasing, agreeable, kind. Let’s practice creating these feelings in our bodysoul so that by the time Thanksgiving arrives, regardless of how quickly we are moving, the experience of gratefulness can shine through.
How it Works:
- Every day, practice being grateful–for something as small as appreciating the 1st sip of tea or coffee or the soft, welcoming cocoon of your bed, to something as big as the fact that you are alive on this planet!
- Here’s the key: Being grateful is not an idea in your mind, although your mind might help you come up with something to practice with.
- In order to practice being grateful, you need to take the time to actually experience being grateful in your whole bodysoul. You need to feel the gratefulness.
- Where do you experience it in your body? What does it sense like?
- How do you experience it in your heart (feelings)?
- What happens in your mind (thoughts, quality of mind)?
- Savor it, take it all the way in, infusing yourself with gratefulness as much as you can, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head!
- Then post below and/or on your profile in Facebook with this tag: #15daysofgrateful.
I am grateful that we finished painting our dining room! #15daysofgrateful
Ready, set, go!
If you want more support practicing being grateful, join me at my class, Practicing Gratitude, Sunday, November 19th from 1:00-2:30.
Gratitude heals your heart, helps your mind calm down, and even creates health in your body. So, why do we tend to wait until Thanksgiving to really focus on it? Join Holistic Life Coach Katy Taylor to learn not only the power of gratitude, but also hands-on practices you can take into your daily life.