This Thanksgiving….

On November 26th, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a special day to share with the people we love. We may be planning the dinner, reviewing the menu, or taking care of relatives who are coming out of town. Although these are helpful steps to anticipate an enjoyable celebration, there are other valuable issues to take into consideration as we celebrate a day when we are supposed to be grateful.

First, to experience thankfulness we do not need to have a perfect life, free of sorrow or problems. The beauty is to be grateful despite any difficulty we may be experiencing at the moment, and to focus on what we have in our lives. Furthermore, we may even be grateful for tribulations, because, in many cases, these are opportunities to grow and evolve as human beings.

I want to share with you the following meditation, so you can practice more gratitude and make this Thanksgiving a memorable day for you and your family. Make sure you can devote at least 15 minutes for this activity.

Find a quiet place where you can be in a comfortable position and close your eyes. With your eyes closed, begin scanning your body from head to toes and be thankful for every part of your body. Then, go into your inner self and be grateful for who you are, for all the parts inside of you that make you the unique person you are. Be grateful for yourself. Then, think about your loved (present or absent) and be grateful for each of them. Be grateful for your loved ones. Then, think about your friends and be grateful to be able to share with them. Be grateful for your friends. Be grateful for the things you have in your life, for where you live, the food you eat, the clothing you have, and the goals you have achieved in your life. Be thankful for what you have. Finally, be grateful for all your experiences, because they have made the person you have become. Be grateful for who you are. You are a special human being. Be grateful.

After you finish this meditation, write a list of all the things you are grateful for, and you will be surprised of how much you have in your life. The ability to practice gratitude on Thanksgiving day, and every day of our lives can make the difference between hoping for things to get better or embrace life with an open heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ligia/15

 



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