Saturday, November 19, 2016

Givng thanks for it all

It is easy to give thanks for the things we love and the things that feel good. It is easy to give thanks for the beautiful, loving people in our lives. It is easy to give thanks for the surprises and gifts, the kindnesses we didn't expect, and the things that stand out in our thinking as special.

It is more challenging to give thanks for the things we usually take for granted – our breathing, our bodies, our clean water and good food... the bed we snuggle into each night, our Mother earth, the freedoms we enjoy...

And more challenging still, we can even give thanks for what has been painful in our lives for it causes us to grow and seek greater self love, greater truth, and greater light.

This week I give thanks for all of you. I've been writing these newsletters weekly for over 15 years now. At times it is a joy. At times it is very difficult. I've been challenged to share both the joys and the pains. You have made it safe for me to be vulnerable and share my heart, and the truth of my life. You have been the ones that inspire me right back. You have been the ones who so vulnerably share your struggles, hopes, and dreams with me so I can surrender to the help that wants to come through.

I give thanks for your love, your kindness, and the pure joy of traveling this path with so many souls striving to live more loving lives.

Here are a few tips to embody the spirit of gratitude this week... 

1. Give thanks for someone who has touched your life...

It is easy to assume people know what they do for you. Take time this week to jot a short email to someone, perhaps even from your past who did something sweet for you, or someone who affected your life. If I see someone on TV whose words touch me, I don't assume that my thanks will be insignificant compared to their celebrity. I let the gratitude flow.

2. Before you go to bed each day try to give thanks for several things you normally take for granted... 

Here is a short list of my daily gratitude ramblings... I give thanks for the beauty and perfection of the eggs I eat every morning, for the sunrise, the sun shining upon us from so far away. I give thanks for my delicious tea and milk, for my patio, for the songs of the birds, for the miracle of the Internet, for my deliciously cozy blankets and my comfy bed... I give thanks for a body that has healed from so much, the flocks of angels that support us, and for sweet little treats such as the joy of another license plate message from heaven... the list goes on!

3. Give thanks for someone who has hurt you or some challenge you have faced...

A diamond is formed under heat and pressure. Iron is forged in fire. And we too find strength and healing in our deepest, darkest challenges. When you can truly give thanks for something hard you have garnered all its gifts and you are done with the vibration.

I give thanks for the challenges of an angry powerful soul aiming their attacks at me the last few years because once and for all I have learned to love those who hate me, and their woundedness no longer has power over my soul. I give thanks for tough and unloving relationships in the past because they taught me where I didn't know how to love myself.... Now your turn... what has helped you become the amazing soul you are now?

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