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Thanksgiving: Look at Your Life through Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is an invitation to take time to look at your life through the lens of gratitude.

Gratitude is more than saying “Thank you, for what is in front of you at the moment. It is a way of seeing your life through the lens of shifting your awareness to what is being supportive as something is presented to you in your life. It’s important to take time to change your attitude to gratitude. Whether the situation is challenging, momentary, or ongoing, the way you see what is happening, or take it in, directly affects how your body-mind field uses this information.

Your body-mind system takes in information rapidly and sifts through what you are experiencing based on memory imprints and habits over time. The way your body-mind responds to incoming data changes your breath, posture, and how energy is communicated to all of your systems through your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W.T. Purkiser

The way you see the world is directly related to the quality of light you absorb with the quality of communication throughout your body-mind system. The neurochemistry of stress when processed through the filters of shame, anger, fear, or the residue of habitual messages learned earlier in life can take immense energy away from the opportunity of seeing the world in the present with the potential for receiving new insight, or creating new neural pathways in your brain, your heart, and the rest of your body.

This, in turn, affects how you see the world, move through the world, and experience wellness and well-being.

The work of the Institute of Heart Math in San Diego, California, has done volumes of research on the impact of thoughts and feelings of appreciation, gratitude, joy, and love on the entire body-mind system. The impact of shifting awareness from stress, fear, anger, and worry to an anchor image or thought of gratitude creates greater functioning of the problem-solving brain, the immune system, and all the systems of the body for several hours.

Especially in a world where there are ever-increasing demands and change, using a simple and elegant technology of shifting your mindful awareness to appreciation and gratitude to be able to navigate the next steps, is cause enough to feel relief and gratitude.

In David Steindl-Rast‘s TED Talk, he speaks of an effective way to call our thinking focus back to this purpose with “Stop. Look. Go,” a skill learned early in life when crossing any street or road for safety and well-being. Today you can use this to activate the life-enhancing impact of gratitude to create a greater sense of happiness, health, and well-being.

Using this skill in a situation that demands stamina, a deep breath, or a letting go today can intervene to call you back into a life-energizing response to whatever life is handing you at the moment. Using this with what is directly in front of you, or calling on a memory of gratitude, appreciation, joy or love is as powerful. Making this a habit can be one of the most effective, long-term beneficial wellness and well-being practices you ever use for happiness.

Stop: Set up stop signs, notes, meditation or time-out’s within your life daily for a practice of noticing small things that support you. Bring more of what is life-enhancing into your life through healthy food, sound, light, movement, breath, fragrance, and loving touch. Making space and time for yourself serves as an oasis for grounding and renewing. This provides the opportunity to recharge so that you can be more in the flow of life, connected to the source of what feeds your need for joy, love, and freedom. You, then, have more energy to take the next steps for challenges, adventures, and growth. You also have more to offer to all your relationships.

Look: Expand your awareness of what is good about your life, your loved ones, what they have taught you, what you have learned, and what is good about you. Take in color from nature, the fresh air, the soft sounds of water, the necessities that are taken care of in your life: electricity, running water, transportation, heat, food, etc. Take in the smiles you receive, the compliments, the web of life that supports you being here: from small to large. Get in touch with where in your life you would like to adjust or make a change. Look with the eye of discernment.

Go: Allow this information to motivate your life, and to activate new possibilities. Smile back at life. Share your vision, ideas, thoughts, and feelings in ways that support positive growth and transformation. Translate this into meaning in your relationship with others. In this way, the circle of gratitude creates greater happiness and expands into the circle of life to create new possibilities for all

Here is an opportunity to continue on the path with monthly healing modalities and repatterning events from Windows to the Heart Repatterning.

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