Good Afternoon!!! 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:
Oneness. Heat. Training. Lip Gloss. Being a Grown Up.
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 have learned, over the years, that life isn't about what will be. We can spend all day everyday wanting what hasn't happened and judging ourselves on the amount of time it is taking us to get to this imagined and imaginary place. When we do this slow torture method of living we end up suffering on every level we exist on. We are anxious, we are moody, we are insecure, we are angry, we feel victimized, we are confused, we feel like we aren't good enough and never will be. When we spend all of our time wanting to be somewhere or someone that we are not we cause an avalanche of sh*t to cascade down on and around us… literally an emotional, physical and energetic/spiritual sh*t storm.
I am all for getting better; hell, I have an entire business built on the premise that excellence is where we are all going. I know that it can be confusing for most people who desire change, growth, knowledge, peace and rightness. Most people who are on the path truly want to be at the end of their journey. They want to know how to get there quickly and without making any mistakes. They want to be on the right path, doing the right thing. People end up being so concerned about tomorrow that they struggle with knowing whether or not they are in the daylight or if the sun has set. We skip over the point to get to an idea of the point. We use our past against ourselves to scare us into doing better for our future. What we fail to see is that we had good reasons for being and doing what we were being in doing back in the day. Today isn't judging yesterday, you are.
Acceptance is the doorway to not only happiness but enlightenment. When you can accept that what has occurred had a purpose (whether or not you agree, understand or like that purpose is neither here nor there) you can begin to let go of the present being other than what it is. You begin to respect the now, not just live in it. Respecting the present moment is the deeper part of growing into your highest self. When you show reverence for the abundance of each moment you are better able to let go of any attachment to some planned out idea of some imaginary future you've concocted. The acceptance of your past, the allowing yourself to be fully who you have been brings you peace in this moment if you let it. Instead of trying to bully yourself into change by using what you have or haven't done before as motivation, ask yourself what kept you doing what you did to be where you are. Find out your motivations and your reasonings… you have them, and then accept them without judgment.
I have learned, over the years that life also isn't about what was. None of it matters if you don't put a ton of weight on it. It is how you see this moment you are in that carries all of the weight you feel. When you make the decision to be where you are supposed to be at all times and then accept that this is always the case, the sh*t storm clears up, the knowledge flows, your anxiety ends and you can begin each moment how you would like it, again, and again, and again and again.