“And it’s a great day to be alive. I know the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes. There’s some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can’t every day be just this good?” -It’s a Great Day to be Alive (Travis Tritt)
I recently spent a week in San Diego, California (for a little R&R and to attend the biannual Martha Beck Life Coaches Summit). It was absolute bliss (and a huge hug fest)! I got to connect with a bunch of the people I did my coach training with (and made some new friends too)! Surrounding myself with like-minded, non-judgemental, authentic people not only feels comforting; it serves as a great reminder for benefits of practicing gratitude.
Too often we can become overwhelmed with what’s not going right in our lives (and the world at large). For example: ‘I will be happy when I lose weight/get a better job/meet the right person – fill in the blank.’ However, happiness doesn’t come just by getting the things you don’t have; it comes from appreciating what you already do have. What happens when we feed into the lack and scarcity mentality is that we actually create more of it. The Universe responds to us, and since it doesn’t know the difference between “positive” or “negative” thoughts, whatever we focus on expands. Look for the good, and you will find it. Look for the bad, and you’ll find that too. Why not use your imagination to manifest what you want?!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey~
One of the workshops I participated in at the Summit involved a walking meditation through a labyrinth. Before beginning we were to set an intention for what we wanted to “release (from our minds), receive (in the form of wisdom, guidance, blessings, abundance, etc.), and return (to the world)” as we walked through. My intention focused around my career – releasing the idea that I don’t know how to “put myself out there”, receiving the guidance about my next step, and returning love, compassion, understanding, and my help (through coaching) to my clients.
During the walk, I felt so peaceful and so grateful for all the blessings in my life – particularly the people…my family, my friends, my boyfriend and his kids, my coaching colleagues, and my beautiful, courageous, brilliant clients. I realized that I am in a really good place in my life. Even though I don’t have everything I would like, I know that I am working towards creating more of what I love – while being happy for what’s in my life currently. I realized that no matter where I am – in Nova Scotia with my friends and family or in San Diego with a group of people I didn’t even know just over 2 years ago – I’m at home. This means that wherever I am (literally, as in location, or metaphorically, as in living the life I want), I’m already where I want to be! The peace, joy and connection I had been seeking are always within me – I can access them at any time by being in a state of gratitude. And guess what? You can too. 🙂 What are YOU grateful for?
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie~