Today is a great day to think about all that you are thankful for in your life. I am thankful for my family, universal friendships, my team, mother earth, love and connections with loved ones, the ocean, this incredible gift of life and much more.
To celebrate thanksgiving today I want to share with you a thankfulness practice in which you can do by yourself, with a friend or in a group.
A few weeks ago while I was in Costa Rica, my friends and I went through this thankfulness practice together. It was a beautiful morning on the beach and we sat legs crossed on the sand, palms up open to receive and closed our eyes. One at a time, each of us would say ” I am thankful for…” and then say what we have thankful for. We then would pause, be in the present moment and then the next person would have their turn and share what they are thankful for in their life.
After going around the circle a few times, my friends expressed such appreciation and gratitude. It was a beautiful way to share the blessings we have in life as well as life experiences and a wonderful way to start the day in a feel good way.
I have had a few experiences with this practice, and what I found is once you start reflecting on what your grateful for, you can really keep going and get in a flow. The practice can be done anywhere, at work or at home, perhaps with a group, alone or with a friend.
But wherever, or however you do the practice, it’s a great way to feel good. There are 3 reasons why I absolutely love this activity:
- Goodness and gratitude – You’re able to reflect on your day or last few days, months or year and soak up all the goodness as your reflect back on all your positive experiences and blessings in your life. You have more blessings than you realize, when you just stop and think about what you are grateful for in your life.
- It’s an energy booster – I notice the more I expressed my gratitude, the more energy I felt from all the positive energy flowing through my body.
- Sense of inner peace – After the practice, I always feel more grounded, full of love, and have a strong sense of inner peace.
Here’s a few things to remember if you plan on trying out the thankfulness practice:
Choose how long you want to do the practice for – there is no right or wrong length of time. Just sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and close your eyes and relax. Simply start by saying what you’re thankful for in your life and enjoy!
If you decide to give this practice a go, please let me know how you go @feelgoodjoey, I would love to hear.
Have a great day!