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:
Friends. Body Camp. Sweating Daily. My Couch. Socks.
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:
Patience is such a beautiful thing. It is one of the major elements to a happy life. With patience all things are possible… same with love. Those two things pretty much make everything shiny, sparkly and new. Patience requires big shifts for most people; shifting the idea that things are supposed to happen immediately and that taking time is wasting time. We rush to get well by taking pills that are supposed to heal us or make us feel better, quickly; we rush to get to and fro because we are over scheduled and pushed to our limits time-wise. Basically we feel like everything is an emergency, we have forgotten what it is like to let things come when they are ready. We are always looking for the fastest way to something or away from something else.
Not only do we want the world to operate on a level of immediacy we want each individual to change and grow on our schedule. We have taken away the gestation period and replaced it with impatience and a lack of compassion. Not only do we have no patience for the outside world to move at the pace that is natural and necessary, we have no patience for ourselves to go through our life without trying to numb, speed up or deny our reality. We lose out on the lessons that patience has packed full for us to learn and grow from. Many times experiences are repeated because we refuse to see in them their point. We race past the experiences that we don't enjoy and try to hold onto the ones we do. Knowing that all things come in time and all things pass with time takes a lot of stress away and opens you up to growth.
Knowing that it is all on schedule, including the birth of a baby after a due date that was made up by a person who couldn't possibly know when the baby was done cooking, takes away the urgency for what isn't happening to happen. When you have faith, the key to patience, that you will get what you have worked for, you will receive the blessings due to you and that you will be ok, you can spend time enjoying all of your moments. You stop worrying, you quit stressing and you begin to see the processes, all of which you were once trying to skip over, as cherished time to get. During the time you now see as a blessing you get to other thoughts, ideas and are able to get different things done in the meantime. Instead of pushing things to completion, you recognize the journey is the gift and patience is it's guide.