I'm grateful to have a gratitude practice everyday, but on this day, that US citizens practice reflective gratitude, I am most thankful for love. Love has been the backbone of my strength this year, and its my gratitude for life and love, that has put me in such a positive place on this very day.
2016 has been a year of many wins and blows for me personally and I'm grateful for a clear mind and open heart to receive all the blessings God continues to grace me with. I'm most thankful for the love that has been in my life, past and present. Whether the source of love be friends or family, love is powerful and I do believe its the greatest ingredient to a balanced life.
To begin the year, I was able to explore the beauty of Big Sur with sisters who have positively influenced my life, I am grateful.
The love of friends who selflessly show up for me, I am grateful.
To go on a solo trip to Costa Rica, and walk away with a community filled with wanderlust and connection, I am grateful.
The experience of self love and massive transformation I experienced on my trip to Bali, I am grateful.
To experience the majority of 2016 in a state of depression and heightened anxiety, and have close friends that uphold my wellness and generally have unconditional positive regard for my ability to thrive, I am grateful.
To begin to expand BE, and gain more clarity in its potential power, I am grateful.
To experience the loss of my grandfather, but be able to connect the beauty of having him care for me my whole life and experience a type of love most children don't often experience with grandparents and sometimes parents, I am grateful.
Through all the reflection, up and downs, I can say I am grateful.
Its no secret that there are so many reasons in life and in this world to not feel positive, hopeful or connected to abundance, but I challenge you to develop a gratitude practice in spite of the darkness in and around your life.
Gratitude is the ultimate ingredient for abundance. Gratitude brings joy, hope, and opportunity. Gratitude is the difference between hopelessness and living a life of purpose. Gratitude strengthens and mends relationships. Gratitude allows you to hold on to your best of life. Gratitude also brings forth love.
Through the losses, disappointments, let downs, broken hearts, sad times, I guarantee you, gratitude always helps.
My suggestion: Before you get your day started, reflect on and state at least 10 things you are grateful for in your life. Throughout the day, when a moment of frustration, discontent, or complaint arises, think of something you're thankful for. After a long day, whether positive, negative or neutral, state at least 5 things you are grateful for before closing your eyes.
Life is met with loss, but being clear that if we keep our minds and hearts open to acknowledging the gains, an experience of joy, abundance and hope can reign over our lives. Gratitude is a bridge to self love. One who practices gratitude breaks through any barriers that exists in acceptance, and self love, in all its multidimensionality, is acceptance.
Let gratitude and love guide your lives.