Happy Thanksgiving! I’m pleased for the occasion to write to you during this holiday week focused on giving thanks.
It gives me an opportunity to share with you one of my steady, go-to gratitude boosts.
Over the past year, I’ve been earnestly developing a dedicated gratitude practice.
That means…
…watching my mind, multiple times a day, to notice where it is focused.
…lovingly monitoring my mood and keeping guard against those little internal gremlins who want to keep me grumpy.
… actively cultivating habits that give me energy and hold me in more connection (because that’s when I feel more joy).
Here’s a practice that works almost every time to guide me back to a state of being genuinely thankful (which in turn softens & relaxes me while opening me to possibility):
Focus on what is already here that is good, positive, supportive, prosperous, & loving.
During this holiday season when nature slows down, turning inwards to conserve energy, your challenge is to:

TAKE TIME TO SLOW DOWN AND REFLECT ON WHAT IS ALREADY HERE THAT IS GOOD AND WORKING IN YOUR LIFE.  Breathe it in. Let it sink into your bones, blood, and brain.
Choose 5 of these things, write them down, and post them on your mirror. Then share this practice with someone you love. (Of course I’d love to hear how it goes! You can tell me about it here.)
If you’re having trouble accessing true gratitude, go outside for some fresh air. Try re-visiting that tree you talked to a few weeks ago :)
Here's a message from our postcard collection that overflows with sincere, heart-centered gratitude:
"Thank you Mother Earth; for I am grateful.
Thank you for the trees to climb when
     I need a new perspective.
Thank you for the peaks to summit
     when I need a challenge.
Thank you for the soil to till and plants
     to eat when I am hungry.
Thank you for the streams to fish
     when I need solitude.
Thank you for the rapids to ride
     when I want a rush.
Thank you for the forest when I
     need shelter from the elements.
Thank you for the diversity of life to ponder
     when my ego gets too large.

May your holiday season be peppered with many moments of meaningful, genuine gratitude.


PS - Know anyone who would like to read this today? Please share it and grow the gratitude network. Thank you!