Gratitude is a gift I give myself

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I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is a time to focus on gratitude and all the blessings we have in our lives; family, friends, wealth, health, happiness, love and joy. We are so blessed to live in this time of Spiritual Awakening in the world. When we are connected to all the blessings in our lives, we are able to find the lessons and positive side to every situation or outcome.

Gratitude is a gift I give myself not only at Thanksgiving, but all year long.  Gratitude adds joy to my life and when I’m grateful, it actually changes my brain chemistry. That is good news!

If I’m struggling with a problem and my ego and monkey mind are running the show, I PAUSE, STOP and get GRATEFUL. I focus on the blessings in my life and all that’s working and all that is good in my life. I journal and write a gratitude list and say affirmations. When I’m disconnected from a state of gratitude, my inner light is dimmed.

It’s amazing the inner shift that takes place when I’m grateful.  Although the problem may not be solved yet, my mind is clearer. I’m peaceful and in a much better place to figure out what I need to do next.

I’m grateful BEFORE something happens. Perhaps it’s called expectant faith. For example, I say thank you God for the parking spot I’m going to find at Costco. It almost always works.  I say thank you God for how I’m going to feel after a difficult confrontation or conversation. I express gratitude for open and closed doors, especially if I’m uncertain about a decision I am making.

For me it’s about TRUST and surrender.  Trust that a Higher Power, Infinite Intelligence, Source and Love are at work behind the scenes working things out for my highest good.  It’s continually putting my life in the hands of God, letting go and getting out of the driver’s seat.

As the holidays approach with all the hustle and bustle of commercialism, I am choosing to not get caught up in it all. I love the holidays; the Christmas songs and lights and I will enjoy that. I am choosing to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and that is LOVE. Instead of focusing on things outside of myself, I’m choosing to love and focus on what’s inside of me and CELEBRATE my growth and how far I’ve come.

That feels really good to celebrate my growth, rather than beat up on myself for all the things I still need to change or where I need to grow and heal. I’m not sure how it’s going to look yet, as celebrating my growth just came to me in prayer this morning.

I will start on December 1 and ask Spirit to show me an area of my life that I want to celebrate.  For example, today I will celebrate my courage. I will journal and write about all the ways I’ve been courageous over the years. The next day I may celebrate ways I’ve been generous with my love, time or money. It will be fun seeing what Spirit brings to mind each day.

My plan is to get a special journal for the month and call it “December Celebrating Myself.”

What we focus on grows. What we think about, we bring about. I’m thinking about my soul’s growth and how far I’ve come. How about you? Will you join me and celebrate your growth and life?   

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