Gratitude is always good medicine. Bringing our attention to what we are grateful for, all of our experiences, including the challenging ones, generates healing, growth and expansion with the nourishing energy of love.
As we enter the holiday season, it feels important to acknowledge that this time of year may amplify some tender feelings for many of us. While there are many things to be grateful for, we may also be feeling sadness from the passing of our loved ones, the heartache of fractured relationships, and/or the stress of holiday expectations, busyness, and traveling. It may also be challenging to stick with our intentions for our health and self-care during this time of year. In my experience, I've found that navigating this territory is so unique and it invites me to really listen and pay attention to what has heart and meaning. A gratitude practice is one way to honor and feel the emotions that arise, while also being thankful for the blessings in the struggles and the joys. It is called a gratitude practice because, well, practice often involves intention and effort. With intention we choose to bring our attention to what we have to be grateful for which opens a door to healing the heart.
I was in a Sound Healing workshop this past weekend, and the teacher shared a quote that you may have heard before, which is, “where attention goes, energy flows”(anonymous). While I've heard this quote many times, the message felt pertinent right now, and a reminder to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for. If I find myself getting caught up in stressful thoughts or worrying about the past or future, I am most likely missing out on the gifts of the present moment, and there are many.
If this message resonates with you, I hope you are able to be gentle with yourself and find comfort and ease over the holiday season by bringing your attention to all that you have to be grateful for.
May you feel abundant and expansive with all the blessings in your life! Wishing you a peace-filled holiday season.