Good Morning!!! 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… 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:
100 Watt Reveal Lightbulbs. Experiments. Practicing. My Hair. Masturbation :).
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:
Whatever you push down will rise up with the force equal to the amount of shame and desire you have for it to never be seen/heard or felt. The faster, longer and harder you run away from something, the more speed it gains as it tracks your every move. Try as you may you will never outrun yourself; those parts that you choose to deny, hide and sever will demand attention and focus. You aren't smarter than yourself, you cannot get away from where you are. The only thing you can do when you want something to go away is to look at it in a different way and then deal. Acceptance, appreciation, and acknowledgement are the only ways to release the chains of judgment and shame that we put on ourselves and others.
When we let go of the idea that we can delete the parts of ourselves that we feel are mistakes we can look at them for the blessings that they can be for us. Owning the areas within ourselves that we have deemed as wrong or bad can be difficult in the beginning. It is devastating to us that we are what we have never wanted to be. It is hard to wrap our heads around seeing in ourselves what we despise in others. It is eye-opening to be in a place that we had always condemned and promised never to visit. Yet, all of us will find ourselves faced with embracing the very things we have chosen to deny in our lives and others. When you think you are better than something you will have the opportunity to see how being better is not the point.
Begin by getting to know who you are, honestly. Give yourself the space and the time to actually look at who you are, what you do, why you do it without blaming anyone else. Own your choices, your feelings, your life. It is simple to do but also one of the most difficult journeys you will dare to take… and the most rewarding. Let yourself in on who you truly are. When you get to know yourself in this authentic way, without hiding, judging or shaming, you will finally be able to be seen. When you can see and love you you can be you at all times; there is nothing better than that.