On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to post a reminder about the beauty of gratitude.
When my mom was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, I started taking regular yoga classes to help with my stress and anxiety. I found a little yoga studio in Orange County that offers Kundalini yoga classes, which include a lot of breath work. Learning how to focus on my breathing has been transformative for me.
Every day I try to carve out just a few minutes to close my eyes and take a deep breath in to the count of 4 and exhale out to the count of 4. When I am breathing, I visualize breathing in all things good, and then exhale the opposite feeling that doesn’t serve a healthy purpose in my life.
I did the graphic above on some of the sentences I say to myself when breathing, but you can of course breathe in the feelings that you want to cultivate within yourself. When you breathe good things in, one at a time, let them resonate in every cell of your body. Bathe in the feeling of love or peace or faith or whatever it is that you want to feel. Or be.
Doing this exercise makes me feel so grateful. For example, when I think about breathing in love, I think about God, my family, my friends, and I feel so grateful for this love.
When you take even a few minutes to sit in gratitude, you will feel a shift inside and in the outside world. It’s pretty powerful.
Give it a try.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love, light, faith, joy and peace to you all!