The season of gratitude is upon us. Like many of us, I am most thankful for the simple things in life: good health, dear family and friends, engaging work, and plenty — of food, shelter, fresh air, and the many privileges often take for granted. I am grateful for my clients who teach me just as much as I do them about life, resilience, and authenticity; my children — those little Zen masters who can bring me to my knees with alternating utter frustration or deep joy; and my husband and parents, who continually support and cheer me on.
I am grateful for all of the moms (and those without kids, too) who have read Breathe, Mama, Breathe and found it to be helpful, and in some cases, life transforming. The idea for Breathe, Mama, Breathe has grown right along with my little guy, who will soon turn six. In their infancies, my sole intention was to teach simple, 5-minute mindfulness to fellow moms, who like me, were full-out in the trenches of motherhood with little ones. I never tire of hearing from those whose family life it has enhanced.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout-out to my beloved morning cup of joe, which renders me functional, optimistic, and ready to take on the day. (l love this coffee’s great message and mission).
Regardless of how we choose to conjure up thanks, the one key ingredient required is mindfulness — pausing long enough to recognize the boundless opportunities for gratitude all around.
Here are a few easy ways to grow your gratitude:
- Pay homage to your morning beverage of choice and take a Coffee Mindful Break with me. (If you sign up for my email list you will receive a free guided Coffee Mindful Break as well as a guided Basic 5-Minute Meditation).
- A Waking with Gratitude Mindful Break is a sure way to start the day off with an attitude of gratitude.
- Gather your courage and let someone know how and why you appreciate them. I promise you will not regret it.
How do you practice gratitude — at Thanksgiving and all year round? I’d love to hear from you.
Wishing you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.