Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Put "Thanks" Back in Thanksgiving



It's the day before Thanksgiving. A cold rainy day. A good day for contemplation. But, instead of eagerly awaiting tomorrows festivities with family and thankfulness, I sit here at my favorite coffee house feeling anxious about other things. Many things. Too many things. It is easy to let the uncertainties of life erode your feelings of well being. It's also easy to let your "certainties" get at you too. Sometimes its difficult to feel thankful for those things that you have, when you are too busy being anxious about what you don't have, can't do or want to change. Grounding yourself can help you to be in this moment, so you can let go of all of the things that prevent you from being thankful and enjoying your time with your loved ones and yourself. There are many grounding methods, but here is a simple one that only takes a couple seconds and you can do anytime, anywhere:
  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Straighten your posture (spine straight, shoulders back & down).
  3. Tense every muscle in your body for a three count, then relax.
  4. Smile. 
  5. Fill your mind with things you are grateful for.
That exercise along with avoiding political conversations may save your holiday experience... or maybe not... I suppose that it all depends on you!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

BTW: Thank YOU for reading my blog post.

All the best,
~Craig



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