Happy Tuesday!!! Gratitude Practice is here!!! How will you take what you are grateful for through the rest of your day? This isn't just about writing it down and sending it back…(though I want you to do that too) put it out there! Let the world feel your appreciation! Let's make a difference.
This only takes a few moments to do but gives to you for much, much longer. So put down whatever you are doing and take a couple of minutes for yourself. Every Tuesday morning I am going to ask you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for and email them to me (keep for yourself as well). What are you feeling gratitude around? Here are mine for this week:
There are no right or wrong answers. It is about what you are grateful for. It is proven that doing this once a week makes you happier, healthier, exercise more and less sensitive to perceived slights. You will sweat the small stuff less and focus on what really matters.
So… what are you waiting for???
Food For Thought:
I spend most of my time counseling others to live fearlessly… not in the jump out of an airplane way, but in a “what do you have to lose” way. Which is different. I am not into being reckless and careless, I am into being authentic and genuine. Owning your truths and creating your reality is the fundamental philosophy of Coach Aina. The part that makes all of my teachings work is that I also live this way so I am speaking from experience, past and present. I am never sitting on the sidelines watching the world go by, staying safe and sound in my bubble. I do have a bubble, but I only retreat to it after I have run naked through throngs of people. I risk and I retreat. It keeps me feeling balanced and stable enough to do it again.
Stagnation is worth than death. If I feel like things are just going along as they always do, I know it is time for me to do something new. Comfort is lovely and I love it in the area of my home life. I want to come home and feel familiarity… however, in my work, in my spirituality, in my personal growth I want to feel changes, advancement, progress. The only evidence for life is growth… and I love to live. So I am doing risky things regularly and sometimes I don’t know just how risky something is until I do it. It is the way of the world. You cannot always tell what impact a choice will have until you make the choice and commit to it. What you thought was just hard is actually HUGE and triggers deep rooted emotions. That is the beauty of risk. That is the beauty of growth, it is painful and healing, it is subtle and shocking, it is necessary and rewarding.
From the time we are born we are pushing our limits, we are going to the edge and seeing what happens. Everyone’s edges are different but everyone has them. My plan is to keep making the ground beneath my feet expand as I race towards my edges. It is amazing to find out that the places you thought you knew were only a small corner of a small part of your truth. Keep on risking, keep on attempting the big new things. Keep on seeing where your edges are and watch your world grow to meet your steps. And yes, it is ok to be afraid, just don’t stop pushing.