Sometimes holidays are challenging. Perhaps you are hosting the holiday at your home and are nervous about all the preparations. Sometimes the challenges come with having to travel in traffic, and spend long hours in the car. Other times holidays bring the blues as it may remind you of those you've lost, and awaken a lonesome experience. Holidays often bring anxiety about being with family members who increase your stress and pain.
Here's a suggestion. Begin your Thanksgiving with a few moments of meditation and reflection to lift you to greet your day. Sit quietly and be present to your experience. Honor what's happening as you sit and become fully awake within you. As you are ready, ask yourself what it is you are grateful for. Find qualities in yourself that have developed over time and give you a sense of peace. Consider your body, even if it's racked with stress, limits, or pain. Find gratitude for the way your body interacts with you, and lets you know what it needs. Then, take a few moments to consider those close to you, the chosen few who listen when your speak, honor your life, and support your dreams. Send thanks to them for their place in your life. In the last few moments ask yourself what else you are thankful for… allow the answers to rise from within you and after each rises say “thank you” for being in my life. Take the time you need and stay aware of your experience. What happens within you when you give thanks, and offer gratitude for yourself, and for your life?
Many Blessings of Peace during Thanksgiving and always….