I wish you a wonderful holiday filled with love and compassion. May this Thanksgiving day connect you with a deeper sense of gratitude and kindness. When things get rough and we are in struggle, we tend to forget what is going well in our lives and dwell on what is negative or missing. This holiday season set the intention of keeping an attitude of gratitude. You can start a gratitude journal or a gratitude jar where you acknowledge what you’re grateful for on a daily basis. This daily practice will increase positive emotions making you feel more alive and whole.
A sense of gratitude increases our ability to express more compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others, and even find more humor in the challenges we encounter, especially now as we continue to face the pandemic and navigate the "new normal". This attitude of gratitude tends to balance our mood, boost our immune system and mental health, helping us stay grounded when our minds wander and get entangle in negative thoughts.
People who regularly practice gratitude by making time to notice the people and experiences they are thankful for, develop the healthy habit of being more present and engaged. They also strengthen their ability to find joy in the small things and moments that life presents us.
By creating a practice of reflecting upon the things we are thankful for, we connect to what we value in life. This connection to what’s important to us protects us against anxiety and depression, and decreases the risk of using unhealthy coping mechanisms such as abusing alcohol and drugs, and engaging in eating disorder behaviors. Gratitude doesn't need to be exclusive and reserved just for special occasions like Thanksgiving, when we meet a goal, get a gift, or accomplish something big. It can be part of our daily routine and enhance or lives. Start today! Find below two guided meditations, one in English and one in Spanish, to begin connecting with a feeling of gratitude and wellbeing.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous
Meditacion guiada en Español
CAROLINA GAVIRIA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS
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