Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August 5--Thanks

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. 
--Meister Eckhart

     Gratitude is a force. It sets up a vibration within us that attracts more to be grateful for. 
     As strange as things are now in the U.S. and the world, it may be a challenge to feel grateful. It's easy to be grumpy and disappointed that favorite events have been cancelled, routines have been turned upside-down, and health and safety are constantly in mind. Since we want to keep good flowing in our lives, we need to stay focused on the positive. A simple exercise to turn around negative thinking is to stop, take a few deep breaths, and think of two or three things you are thankful for. 
     I often promote gratitude in my yoga classes. I tell the participants to come up with three things they are grateful for, and not "family and friends." Everyone is grateful for those. Dig deeper. My slightly-surprising example is the sewer system. We'd be in a world of hurt without that. Another one is traffic signals and signs. It's fun to contemplate those things that we so take for granted. What comes to mind for you?
     Thank you for reading this!

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