Do you express gratitude?

Wellness 18/8/2010 No Comments

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”    ~  William Arthur Ward    
I have an awesome yoga teacher who told us while in savasana (corpse pose), to think about 10 things you are grateful for.  What?  Ten things?  You’d think that was easy.    For me, things like my daughter, my grandchildren, my…..hmm I can’t think of anything…..  It was very challenging for me to focus on what I was grateful for.  I was looking for the big things…..what about the simple things like looking at the stars, breathing, watching children play and laugh?  It isn’t that I’m not grateful for this, I just didn’t notice.  I realized I took these simple things for granted.  So our gratitude doesn’t have to be the ‘big’ things, although they can be, what about the small every day things that we may take for granted?  That’s one aspect of gratitude – pay attention to and focus on what you are grateful for.

The next step – undoubtedly more challenging, is to experience it.

What about being grateful for your body and breath.  How?  How do you move?  What do you say to yourself?  How about thanking your body by taking care of it?  Do you take care of yourself?  Exercise?  Eat right?  Indulge at times with your favorite food?  Notice how you talk to yourself – are you kind and loving?

Finally, express your gratitude – probably the most challenging.  We may acknowledge and experience our gratitude for our friends and family, but why not take it to the next level and express it?  Tell them you care and expresswhy you are grateful.

Are you wanting to connect more, have more peace, love, success and abundance?  Who doesn’t, right?  The best way to tap into that is through gratitude – appreciating and acknowledging what we already have.  It is the practice and expression of gratitude that makes the difference.

Think of 10 things you are grateful for.  Experience it and now EXPRESS it!

For more information, contact Heidi Steltzer at Power to Wellness.

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