“Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given. Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not necessarily something that is shown after the event; its deep, ‘a priori’ state of attention that shows we understand we and we are equal to the gifted nature of life.”- David Whyte
I got a little sloppy on stories with the Gratitude Challenge so I wanted to collect them all on this post, because I truly believe in the power of gratitude! November is the perfect time to refocus daily gratitude practices because we often feel overwhelmed during the holidays with wants as we make wishlist’s, shop black Friday sales and buy gifts. Sometimes in the midst of all the shopping, planning and craziness of the holidays we can forget to step back and really take the time for what matters.
“When you start each day with a grateful heart, fear disappears and abundance grows.”-Anthony Robbins
November is the month of Thanksgiving, its the month Paul and I started dating 6 years ago, and it’s the month my little sister was born. Because of the many blessing I get to celebrate this month and this Gratitude Challenge, I took inventory of the things that I was grateful for over the last month and I am making a concerted effort to do more of those things in the next month. With the intention to fill my days with all the things that make my day and my heart grateful! Most of what I noticed was the people who fill my cup; new friends and old friends who lift me up, Paul, and of course Bear. The self-care routines that have become part of my lifestyle to support healing and most of all my health. It’s always mind blowing to reflect on the last year and the way my health has improved. I still have chronic pain and I still manage my symptoms but I am living a much fuller life and for that I am grateful. Illness always keeps life and stress in perspective and for that I am grateful. I’m grateful that I have given myself the time to focus on my health even though that meant sacrificing other things for the time being. I’m grateful to share and connect with YOU!
I also did some research about gratitude and there are a BUNCH of psychological benefits to practicing gratitude. I’ve read several articles over the last month about the psychological value, I’ll link them here! Psychology Today even listed 7 reasons gratitude improves your overall health! I’ve done crazier things for my health, so I’ll take it!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, may you appreciate the abundance in your life today and everyday!
“The more you practice gratitude the more deeply you will feel it in your heart, and the depth of the feeling is the key. The more deeply and sincerely you feel it, the more happiness you will bring to yourself in every single area. Watch what happens in your life when you practice gratitude at every opportunity, every single day.”- The Secret Daily Teachings