Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving...a time to reflect on gratitude

Most of social media usually makes a concerted effort to focus on thankfulness during the month of November, encouraging us all to do so. It is easy for us to be thankful for the things in our lives and for those we love and appreciate BUT how many of us take the time to be thankful for our body, for ourselves.

How often do you sit in appreciation for the amazing piece of equipment you are, this body that houses your soul and allows you to move through the world. How often do you marvel at the things your body does everyday without you telling it to, without you even thinking about it. Do you ever thank your heart for beating and pumping blood through your veins, nourishing your brain and muscles? Do you ever thank your adrenals for releasing adrenalin to help you react and jump into action when necessary?  Do you focus on your immune system and send it waves of gratitude for the hundreds of ways it functions to keep you healthy on a daily basis?

This serves as a reminder to be thankful for your body and every little cell in it that functions so well and does so much for you. Send it loving thoughts and appreciation. Your body needs to feel your love and appreciation for it and it will return that love and appreciation by functioning better and with improved health and balance.
It is also a reminder to be thankful for you, for the changes you have made and for constantly growing and striving to improve. Gratitude for the you who tries to be better, more loving and more compassionate.
Appreciate you and how amazing you are. Even though you are not perfect you can still see perfection in a sunrise, in the eyes of those you love.
Be thankful for those eyes that see beauty and shed tears, sharing your emotions with the world. Be thankful for your emotions and thoughts. They are valuable tools on this journey of life.

Take the time this season to appreciate you and be thankful for your body and your presence in this life. Be aware that the tapestry of life would not be as intricate and beautiful without the strand of you in it, woven through it.

Gratitude for all you have is wonderful. Gratitude for all you are is life changing.

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