By Donna Gates, as seen on:
Showing up and letting our brilliance shine is no small matter. In order to offer your best self in each and every moment, it takes courage, faith and compassion.
What stands in our way?
Sometimes we get stuck. Our thoughts circle endlessly around the same person, the same situation or the same dilemma.
Sometimes we feel regret or another strong emotion about the past. This takes us backwards instead of forwards.
We get unmotivated, disillusioned, lazy, fearful and numb.
So the television goes on. We play out small dramas with friends, family and neighbors. We eat foods that distract us from misery. We smoke, drink or choose other substances that push away revelations and “AHA” moments.
An act of gratitude can affirm your connection to the limitless source of ONE.
Gratitude stokes the fire of your unlimited genius.
Gratitude can be in the form of kind thoughts, loving words or thoughtful gifts.
Gratitude towards the self is not only projected outwards towards others, but it graces you from within.
This holiday season let us offer the most heartfelt gratitude to everyone in each of our lives, because they mirror to us what we are sometimes too blind to see. These people shine their own light when ours grows dim in confusion or struggle.
Let us also feel gratitude for the body.
The body tirelessly gives us information about where we are on our personal path and where we may be headed.
Swollen joints, a stiff back, a mysterious lump, a sprained ankle,or chronic heartburn – in its own language, the body brings our attention back to where we need it most.
According to Chinese medicine, each emotion belongs to an organ. For example, the stomach holds worry. The heart houses joy. And the lungs contain sadness.
Until recently, Western medicine had almost forgotten that our thoughts and emotions are knitted together with the physical body.
If you are looking for examples showcasing just how deeply related the mind is with the body, turn your attention to the digestive system.
Your mental and emotional state can influence how well you digest food even before you take your first bite.
And as much as anxiety can impair the digestive process, the opposite is also true: Sluggish gut function can generate depression and nervousness.
When it comes to health, healing, and the body, a little gratitude can go a long way.
When we begin to realize this, we open up to our divine nature. Each one of us can unfold into one perfect experience after another.
The possibilities are limitless.
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