When holiday bedlam goes into full swing, many of us begin to feel some unsavory feelings against strangers, acquaintances and even the ones we love. How many times have you been holiday shopping, only to get stuck behind some sad person hell-bent on ruining the cashier’s evening? Praise Goddess for online shopping! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and lose sight of the true meaning of this time of year.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I challenge us all to embrace the season of giving by taking time to show gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of actively being thankful, so how are you showing appreciation for kindness received? Let’s take it a step further by asking what you’ll be doing to pay it forward?
Practicing gratitude is beneficial to us on so many levels.
So the next time you’re having a rough day and you’re feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, take a few minutes to breathe. Close your eyes, take three long, deep breaths, and make a conscious list in your mind of all you have to be grateful for. If you can’t relax enough to meditate, try keeping a gratitude journal. Whenever I find myself in a funk, I make an effort to keep a gratitude journal as a conscious reminder that no matter how bad things may be, there is always much to be thankful for. This physical existence allows us to feel certain societal pressures and fears that can make us feel inadequate. Sometimes our peers or family members can even intensify these feelings, whether they really mean to or not.
When you’re anxious or feeling down, it can become really easy to get stuck there. If we don’t make our well being a necessity, it’s easy for lower vibrational thinking and behavior to take over. Consistently practicing gratitude allows us to see life from another angle, easing our worries and allowing us some peace. Reminding ourselves of what we’re thankful for can help to relieve hopelessness during dark moments, allowing us to find the light.
If you’re reading this, I urge you to take the next five minutes in quiet reflection. Make a list, whether in your mind or on paper, of all the things, people and circumstances in your life that you consider blessings. Things could always get worse, but things could also always get better. Positive thinking truly attracts positive results. Remaining thankful for what we do have instead of dwelling on what we don’t will open up the energy flow to usher prosperity and abundance into our lives. 2019 will be here before we know it, so let’s start off the new year with an open heart and open mind. I am thankful to each of you for taking the time to read this, and wish you all a blessed holiday season and new year ahead!
We hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving full of friends, family, and magic. From our hearth and home to yours <3 Your Mystic Mages!